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PROJECT SUNSHINE INC

Play is Healing

New York, NY   |  www.projectsunshine.org

Mission

Project Sunshine harnesses the healing powers of play and connection to help children and families cope with medical challenges. Our play-based programs - delivered by a dedicated corps of trained volunteers - alleviate the stress of hospital stays and medical procedures while promoting key aspects of childhood like socialization, creative expression, intellectual stimulation, and sensory integration. We partner with 425+ medical facilities in the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel, and Kenya.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Whitney Namm Pollack

Main address

211 East 43rd Street Suite 401

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

22-3607512

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Our programs

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

On-site Hospital Volunteer Programs

Corporate, college and community volunteers bring programs to support children and their familes while they are in the hospital.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Creative Arts & Crafts Kits are care packages used at medical centers when young patients face long hours of isolation, since family members and professionals cannot always be present. Kits include arts supplies for a child to construct a fun, themed craft.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TelePlay brings together small groups of patients and trained volunteers over a HIPAA-compliant teleconference platform where volunteers engage children in enriching, live activities that support their developmental and social needs. The programs help children feel less alone, and provide the human connection and joy that is so vital to their healing process. TelePlay gives children a sense of community, connection, and continuity of play… virtually.

Population(s) Served
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 volunteers

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Project Sunshine relies upon a dedicated corps of volunteers to help carry out our programs in the United States, Canada, China, Israel, and Kenya.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Project Sunshine provides programming through in-hospital activities, virtual programs, and mailed "Sending Sunshine" craft kits to hundreds of thousands of pediatric patients annually.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

To bring joy, relief, and support to pediatric patients and their families during hospital visits and provide meaningful opportunities for our volunteers to make a difference.

Project Sunshine partners with hospitals and medical centers to bring free social, recreational, and educational programming to pediatric patients facing any medical challenge and their families. Our volunteers are community members, college students, corporate employees, and other children, interested in making a difference in their communities.

Project Sunshine has cultivated a dedicated corps of volunteers and hospital partners that continues to grow.

Project Sunshine is committed to meeting the growing demand for our volunteer-led programming in hospitals and medical centers worldwide.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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PROJECT SUNSHINE INC

Board of directors
as of 04/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Weilgus

New Legacy, LLC

Joseph Weilgus

New Legacy, LLC

Natan Bibliowicz

AnnaMaria DeSalva

Stephanie Glenn

Shawn McGowen

Dr. Bernard Rosof

Amy Saperstein

Matthew Skurbe

Reed Tuckson

Albert Tylis

Robin Wilpon-Wachtler

Noel Wallace

Howard Weiser

Michael Goldman

Gireesh Sonnad

Dr. Jerry Loughlin

Erica Zimmerman

Quemuel Arroyo

Meghan Moloney

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? No