LOLLIPOP THEATER NETWORK INC

Bringing Current Movies And Entertainment To Hospitalized Children

aka LOLLIPOP   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.lollipoptheater.org

Mission

Lollipop Theater Network is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to bringing current movies and entertainment to pediatric patients nationwide.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Evelyn Iocolano

Main address

10401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100A

Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA

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EIN

04-3700586

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Annually, there are approximately 6 million hospital stays for children up to 17 years of age in the United States alone (The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2012). These are children who are spending multiple nights in the hospital due to a significant illness or trauma. And while they are receiving compassionate care from medical staff to ensure they get the best possible treatment, being in the hospital is a scary situation. And being scared can impede a child’s ability to maintain one key element every human needs to heal – hope. Feeling hopeful is a chemical reaction that forms in the brain and the results are linked to enhanced mood, can reduce pain, and is the basis to healthy youth development. And unlike most medications, hope has no negative side effects.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MOVIE SCREENINGS

Lollipop Theater Network works in collaboration with leading Motion Picture Studios to bring current film releases into pediatric hospitals for group and bedside screenings. Screenings are enhanced with movie tickets, red carpets, movie swag and the occasional celebrity visit.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In collaboration with Nickelodeon Animation Studio and DreamWorks Animation, LOLLIPOP brings the artists from animated TV shows and movies straight to the children so they can learn to draw their favorite characters.

Population(s) Served

In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis, LOLLIPOP created an interactive online format for its programming. STORY TIME with your favorite celebrity; GET CREATIVE drawing lessons with leading animation artists; and INVITE ONLY special events were launched, allowing LOLLIPOP to triple both its programming output and reach.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pediatric patients and their families served through Lollipop Theater Network programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric determines how many children and families we reach each year. The goal is to increase this number as our resources allow.

Number of Hospital Events featuring LOLLIPOP Programming

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LOLLIPOP brings the magic of movies to kids confined to hospitals. This metric shows how many times LOLLIPOP brought programming to hospitals for these much-deserving children.

Amount of awareness LOLLIPOP, its mission and its programs, have across all media streams, but specifically social media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers are for all LOLLIPOP Social Media platforms.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The experience of lining up at the theater when your favorite movie opens, getting your ticket, grabbing popcorn, and picking out a seat can be a memorable moment in a child’s life. But what about the children who are battling life-threatening illnesses in hospitals nationwide who can’t get to the theater? The kids who don’t get to enjoy that experience at the same time as everyone else? That’s where LOLLIPOP comes in.

LOLLIPOP delivers blockbusters, while they are still in the theater, right to those children and their families at the hospital, working with leading motion picture studios to bring the joy, magic, and momentary escape of the movies to those who need it most.

For many of these pediatric patients – ranging in age from 2-20 – even a small dose of normal, everyday life is enough to give them the strength and the hope they need to keep fighting.

And our mission doesn’t stop with just movies. Our programming includes TV series and movies, our online, interactive programming, movie-themed arts and crafts activities, collaborations with Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation and special celebrity visits.

By supporting LOLLIPOP’s mission, you will help bring hope back to the kids in hospitals by delivering fun and entertainment in the form of red carpet screening days, interactive music sessions, and other programming events to children and their families at hospitals in your community.

Your support will help provide a fun escape from the daily reality of the illnesses these children face and offer them and their families a moment of normalcy in an otherwise stressful environment.

LOLLIPOP has a strong and committed leadership team on the board of directors, the advisory board and on the staff to ensure its programming continues to reach those kids who are so deserving.

Since inception, LOLLIPOP has screened over 404 films and TV series for hospitalized children in more than 26 states nationwide, as well as Canada, and expanded its programming to include other entertainment mediums like TV series and movies, LOLLIPOP’s Rhythm of Hope® music program, and collaborations with Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Studios and special celebrity visits.

In June 2002, LOLLIPOP debuted its program at MSKCC with a screening of Twentieth Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Since then, LOLLIPOP has screened over hundreds of films and TV series for hospitalized children across the U.S. as well as Canada, and expanded its programming to include other entertainment mediums like TV series and movies, online, interactive programming, and collaborations with Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation and special celebrity visits.

The future is to 1) Grow the LOLLIPOP brand in order to build awareness for what we do and more importantly, why we do it and 2) As funding grows, increase ability to provide programming across the nation. The demand is there. The resources have not been and we are seeking to change that by investing in staffing and support resources.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We work directly with Child Life Specialist to serve pediatric patients and their family members.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Email responses,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Lollipop Theater Network began featuring chefs in our online, interactive programming for pediatric patients based on feedback we received from the Child Life Specialist we work with.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has helped us focus on programming that will best serve the children and it has enhanced our partnerships.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LOLLIPOP THEATER NETWORK INC

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Christopher Aronson

Paramount Pictures

Alessandro Uzielli

Ford Motor Company

David Robinson

Morgan Creek Entertainment

Christopher Aronson

Paramount Pictures

Anne Hathaway

Actress

Dan Crown

Foray Entertainment

Andrew Leigh

Jerry Leigh of California

Dan Fellman

Fellman Consulting Corporation

Elizabeth Gabler

3000 Pictures

Jim Orr

Universal Pictures

Carolyn Blackwood

Warner Bros. Pictures Group

Jack Kline

Christie Digital

Ryan Johnston

InterPhase Entertainment

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.