OPEN HEART MAGIC

Chicago, IL   |  www.openheartmagic.com

Mission

Open Heart Magic brings laughter, strength, and magic to sick kids facing difficult illness, unexpected hospital stays, and frightening medical situations. Through unique programming, young patients are engaged, empowered, and given hope at the most critical time of their treatment.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Michael Walton

Main address

67 E. Madison Street Suite 1504

Chicago, IL 60603 USA

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EIN

27-0095889

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Programs and results

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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?

Bedside Magic & Magic Deliveries

The Hospital Bedside Magic® Program:OHM provides therapeutic magic, one-on-one, at a patient’s bedside.The training required to be a Hospital Magician volunteer includes a blend of in-person sessions, online meetings, video, and intensive hospital environment evaluations over 12-weeks. At the end, volunteers are certified in proper safety protocol to work with patients age 4 to 18, regardless of their condition or ability. Sick kids learn their own tricks and are left empowered to fool staff and family alike.

The Magic DeliveryTM Program:OHM’s new program is a high-value, personal package delivered directly to a young patients bedside. With hospital research and partner collaboration, each Magic Delivery comes with a coveted LEGO set, an award-winning game, and a unique Ultimate Magic Kit for kids to virtually learn OHM’s empowering magic. The boxes offer therapeutic benefits, such as encouraged socialization, creativity, and self-expression, for a child during their hospital stay.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

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 participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bedside Magic & Magic Deliveries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of patients and family guests who participated in therapeutic, interactive Bedside Magic at children's hospitals.

Hours of expertise provided

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Bedside Magic & Magic Deliveries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of hours that our specially trained Hospital Magicians spent with working with patients each year.

Total number of free performances given

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Bedside Magic & Magic Deliveries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of interactive Bedside Magic performances throughout the year.

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.

Open Heart Magic aims to use the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen seriously ill children and aid their healing.

Hospitalization can be an extremely stressful event for many children and adolescents. Emotions of fear, sadness, loneliness, boredom, and helplessness can have immediate and long-term consequences on a child’s physical health and emotional well-being. Our volunteer Hospital Magicians use interactive, close-up magic, and humor to promote socialization, enhance self-esteem, and increase opportunities for choice and control.

Our goal is to continually increase the impact we're able to have on pediatric patients by sustained growth in patients we visit, number of volunteer Hospital Magicians, and number of partner hospitals.

We're constantly working with hospitals to increase the number of patients that are able to participate in OHM's Bedside Magic. We have created infection control protocol that allows our volunteers to work with patients in isolation. We've also worked to service patients in other areas of the hospital, such as burn units and the emergency room.

Each year OHM hosts Magic University, a 12-week training program for volunteers, in Chicago, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor. After graduation, our Hospital Magicians visit patients in 11 Hospital Partners in the Chicagoland area, 2 in Cleveland, and 1 in Ann Arbor.

OHM has an excellent working relationship with the Child Life Department in its partner hospitals. An open dialogue between the hospital coordinators and OHM employees allows for us to explore potential new patients that we can reach. In addition, having 150+ volunteer hospital magicians in hospitals gives us front-line access to information about potential areas of need.

The training of Open Heart Magic volunteers has been done in house since the organization was founded. This 12-week intense training program teaches volunteers everything they need to know to perform magic, and more importantly, use the magic as a therapeutic tool to improve the hospital experience for patients. This consistent volunteer education allows us to increase the number of Hospital Magicians we have visiting patients as well as ensure only the highest quality volunteers continue serving.

We have been able to accomplish our goals of increasing the impact, as determined by number of patients who experience one-on-one bedside magic, and number of magicians each year since 2004. We've increased our donor base each year and have successfully been able to expand without putting the program at risk.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • 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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OPEN HEART MAGIC

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sean McCarthy

Deloitte

Term: 2020 - 2022

Andrew Denenberg

Strategic Wealth Partners

Ankit Agrawal

Curia

Christine Gravel-Lippoldt

Proverb Associates

Dan Williams

VideoAmp

Hilary Goldin-Parker

Google

Jake Hagelow

CBRE

Katie Snider

Network Distribution

Katy Leoni

Global Solutions

Katy Pinter

Chartis Group

Leslie Malysiak

Google

Mark Passerini

4 Front Ventures

Maureen Lesak

ank of America Merrill Lynch

Michael Hoehne

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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 ? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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