American Friends of ALYN Hospital, Inc.

Transforming Disabilities Into Abilities

aka ALYN Hospital, WHEELS OF LOVE   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.alynus.org

Mission

The mission of American Friends of ALYN Hospital is to maintain, enhance and grow our platform to serve the challenge of raising funds for ALYN Hospital, while concurrently raising visibility for ALYN as a premier global institution for pediatric rehabilitation.

Ruling year info

1961

Executive Director

Maayan Aviv

Main address

122 E 42nd St Ste 1519

New York, NY 10168 USA

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EIN

13-6100833

NTEE code info

Pediatrics (G98)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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ALYN Hospital / ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital is Israel's only pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility. ALYN treats children with a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions and is one of the world's leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of children, regardless of religion or ethnic background. Since its humble beginnings as a polio clinic, the overriding mission of Alyn Hospital has been to help each child reach the highest possible levels of mobility and independence. American Friends of Alyn Hospital has proudly supported ALYN since 1932, with the mission to grow and enhance our platform to serve the challenge of raising funds for Alyn Hospital, while concurrently raising visibility for ALYN as a premier global institution for pediatric rehabilitation, improving the lives of children with disabilities worldwide through innovation and best-in-class treatments.

Our programs

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

Rehabilitation Services

ALYN delivers its exemplary, multi-disciplinary programs through an Active Rehabilitation Unit, a unique Day Care Center which has medical, educational and rehab components, a one-of-a kind intensive care Respiratory rehab Unit, an Independent Living Neighborhood and specialized Out Patient Clinics. ALYN's team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, paramedical therapists and other professionals provide special therapeutic techniques, occupational therapy emphasizing customized seating, splinting and functional aids, a computer unit for diagnosis and treatment, speech and language therapy, social services and more. Families are integrated into every rehabilitation program.

Population(s) Served
Children
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

SHACHAR’s unique educational framework is for children 6 months to early 20’s whose disabilities and serious medical complications make it impossible for them to be integrated into their community schools. Our center provides an outstanding education while also meeting these special children’s rehabilitation, medical and socialization needs. SHACHAR houses a pre-school for those up to 3-years-old and a kindergarten-special education school for children ages 3 to 21. The children currently enrolled are in classrooms with an average of five children and at least three adults (i.e. teacher, therapist, aid and/or trained volunteers). SHACHAR provides a personalized rehabilitation/medical program developed for each child. The educational programs are created after consultations with the child’s local school and the Israeli Department of Education. Beyond meeting educational goals, each child receives medical and nursing care and para-medical treatments. Doctors and nurses are centrally located in the school and all have access to the many ALYN specialists. The all-day environment makes it possible for each child to benefit from myriad therapies (music, art, speech, physical, occupational, animal, cooking and hydrotherapy) while socializing with their peers.
It is important to note that the concept of mainstreaming children with complex disabilities and who use powered wheelchairs, respirators, alternative communication devices, etc., but are cognitively at the same level as their peers, is at an early stage in Israel. Tremendous efforts are being made by the staff of SHACHAR (and by ALYN Hospital as a whole) to, on the one hand, prepare the children for being mainstreamed, and, on the other hand to advocate both at the community level and at the government level for creating the conditions in the mainstream schools that will allow these children to thrive.
In May 2016, SHACHAR was awarded a prize from the Office of Educational Administration for the City of Jerusalem. Peggy Cidor of the Jerusalem Post wrote, "In a ceremony that traditionally concludes Education Week events, the Education Prize has been awarded this year to the ALYN Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center's school for disabled children and youth. The hospital and school are key elements of one of the most advanced rehabilitation centers in the country for the disabled, providing care in the most progressive and innovative ways. The prize was awarded for the school's achievements in implementing a multicultural teaching approach." Jerusalem Post, 20 May 2016, page 24.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

ALYN’s clinics operate as multidisciplinary clinics, specialty clinics or outpatient therapy treatments addressing needs of children with congenital or acquired challenges. Diagnoses range from fairly simple problems to rare diseases. Medical and para-medical staff work together to provide the full range of treatment. The clinics are run by experienced, senior physicians. Clinic follow-up is long term, from diagnosis, through intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment periods and continues with client in the community.

Multidisciplinary Clinics include:
Neuromuscular Clinic (Duchene, Becker, SMA)
Respiratory Rehabilitation Clinic
Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Injury Clinic
Acquired Brain Injury Clinic
Cerebral Palsy (CP) Clinic
Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic

Population(s) Served

The newly renovated, 5,400 sq ft Innovation Space at ALYN is a one-stop shop for assistive technology entrepreneurship and brings together, for the first time under one roof, all of the elements required for innovation in this field: a physical work space with a state-of-the-art laboratory for prototyping and initial manufacturing, access to Israel's leading experts in pediatric rehabilitation, partnership surrounding clinical trials, and the opportunity for product testing with target audiences by interacting with the children at ALYN in a controlled and safe environment.

The Innovation Space is comprised of two programs that are responsible for introducing innovative solutions: PELE and ALYNnovation.

PELE is case-driven and focuses on finding personalized solutions, tailored to a particular child (or their family) who has made a specific request. The solutions focus on allowing the child to act independently in day-to-day activities.

ALYNnovation is geared toward entrepreneurs and inventors who are developing assistive technology products and solutions for children on a global scale. The technologies developed advance the pediatric rehabilitation field. Their products and solutions are aimed at the international market.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

American Friends of Alyn Hospital has proudly supported ALYN since 1932, with the mission to grow and enhance our platform to serve the challenge of raising funds for Alyn Hospital, while concurrently raising visibility for ALYN as a premier global institution for pediatric rehabilitation, improving the lives of children with disabilities worldwide through innovation and best-in-class treatments.

We employ multiple fundraising strategies to achieve our mission. Our flagship fundraising event is an annual five-day charity bike ride held in Israel. In 2020, the fundraising achieved through this event accounted for 38% of all fundraising. Other fundraising sources include: foundations 27%, general donation 12%, earmarked donation 11%, estates 8% and direct mail campaigns 4%. We set goals for increasing these numbers annually.

We are working on improving our digital footprint. We recently revamped our website and have invested time in exploring strategies to increase traffic both to our website as well as to our social media platforms. We engaged with a PR professional who has assisted us in gaining exposure in print media.

We place a high emphasis on face-to-face interactions, donor engagement and stewardship. From some gestures like handwritten thank you notes and phone calls, to community and VIP events, we are constantly striving to find ways to let our donors know they are appreciated and that the money they donate is making a true impact on the lives of the children treated at ALYN Hospital.

We are a small office with a staff of three employees. We each wear multiple hats and we are all committed to the mission of our organization. We also rely on a strong network of volunteers.

In 2019, a new Executive Director was hired, Maayan Aviv, who has put a strong emphasis on strengthening our Board of Directors and instituting governance policies that had never existed before. New board members have been recruited and members who had become disengaged either left or were made honorary members. We now have a committed board with energized, supportive members, all of whom are engaged in guiding American Friends of ALYN Hospital to reach its goals, and even exceed them.

To restate our mission - we strive to grow and enhance our platform to serve the challenge of raising funds for ALYN Hospital, while concurrently raising visibility for ALYN as a premier global institution for pediatric rehabilitation, improving the lives of children with disabilities worldwide through innovation and best-in-class treatments.

As noted above, we have been successfully increasing our fundraising totals. As far as raising visibility, we have increased our social media footprint, have engaged with a PR professional that has resulted in a lot of media coverage of our charity bike ride, created partnerships with Jewish Day Schools, synagogues and with high-profile individuals in companies such as Microsoft.

What's next? Continuing our journey to become a more professional organization, to focus more on setting goals, aiming high and reaching this goals. When this pandemic eases up, we look forward to restarting travel, strengthening the relationships we've made and building new strategic partnerships.

Financials

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American Friends of ALYN Hospital, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joanne Blye

Joanne Blye

Charles Dimston

Harvey Grad

Wallace Lehman

Alan Rosenzweig

Stewart Senter

Howard Weber

Edward Joyce

Minette Brown

Bryan Gartenberg

Daniel Blumenthal

Paula Glazier

Victor Goldsmith

Madeleine Grobler

Harman Grossman

Pamela Lippitt

David Meron

Board leadership practices

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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 01/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.