COACHART ORG

aka CoachArt   |   Santa Monica, CA   |  https://www.coachart.org

Mission

CoachArt creates a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Since 2001, we have been matching volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Greg Harrell-Edge

Main address

312 Arizona Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90401 USA

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EIN

94-3389547

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are more than 12 million kids in the U.S. living with chronic illness. During intense and ongoing medical treatment, these children can feel isolated from their peers and are often restricted from "normal" kids activities like crafts and sports. Research institutions have proven that depression and anxiety rates in chronically ill children are typically higher than in the general population, which can hinder the socioemotional development of these children, and even lead to failed treatment and increased mortality rates. Arts and athletics are powerful antidotes to the stressors faced by chronically ill children. Studies from the National Institute of Health show that arts can help reduce stress, improve well-being, and enhance the way our bodies fight infection. Additionally, youth depression is shown to significantly drop with just one hour of athletic activity per day.

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?

CoachArt services for children impacted by chronic illness

CoachArt’s programs focus on engaging children impacted by chronic illness with high-quality arts and athletic activities that capture their imagination and increase their self-esteem. These activities—from soccer, to singing, to painting—are offered as choices, in which students elect to participate. For children facing serious obstacles, the process of identifying and pursuing their interests, with the mentorship and support of caring adult volunteers, is a recognized formula that promotes Youth Development Principles.

CoachArt provides the following programs for chronically ill children and their siblings in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego:

Clubs -- Regular, play-based meetings for multiple CoachArt children, focused around a specific activity (i.e. basketball, painting, etc.), which take place at a community location such as a park or recreation center.

In-home lessons -- One-on-one, regular lessons provided by a CoachArt volunteer who visits the child’s home on a regular basis.

One-day group lessons -- One-day events focused on a single activity with a group of CoachArt children and one or more volunteers.

Program partner matches -- Scholarships provided to children for participation in lessons at local arts and athletic organizations such as martial arts, music, yoga, and dance studios.

Special events and in-hospital workshops -- Occasional one-time events for children in hospitals.

Population(s) Served

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.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

CoachArt services for children impacted by chronic illness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is our total hours of arts and athletics instruction per year, provided by our network of volunteer instructors to students in need with chronic illness.

Number of teachers trained

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

CoachArt services for children impacted by chronic illness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We train our volunteer instructors through our proprietary platform CoachArt Connect and with the guidance of our program managers.

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

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

CoachArt services for children impacted by chronic illness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We serve a vulnerable students with chronic illness who face a lot of obstacles. We understand when students are not able to participate or drop out of lessons; our community is open to them.

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.

Our program improves the social and emotional wellness of children impacted by chronic illness. Our students are at high risk of life threatening outcomes from COVID-19 so they and their families must practice extremely stringent precautions. Their conditions have always isolated them from school and their peers, but now they are further limited. Their siblings are resentful of these limitations, and their parents are forced to make difficult choices. They are lonely, afraid, sad and angry, putting them at higher risk for depression and anxiety disorders. Our data show that after participating in a CoachArt activity, 93% of CoachArt students feel more relaxed; 95% feel more confident about themselves; 93% report making at least one new friend or mentor; and 95% of their caregivers feel supported in helping their child and would recommend CoachArt to others.

CoachArt provides free arts and athletics to kids impacted by chronic illness. While a COVID-19 diagnosis itself would qualify a child for our program if they needed 3 months of care, traditionally the most common diagnoses of the children that we serve are cancer (26%), blood disorders (10%), severe asthma (10%), neuromuscular disorders (7%). These children’s fragile health conditions make them particularly vulnerable to pandemic conditions, and they have generally been taking particularly extreme precautions in terms of social distancing and quarantining. Subsequently, the social and emotional toll that this pandemic is taking on all of us is particularly harming this population as well.

That’s where we come in and why our contribution is so needed -- CoachArt’s programs are designed to directly positively influence the social and emotional wellbeing of children impacted by chronic illness. So in response to COVID-19, we have pivoted all of our free 1-on-1 and group CoachArt arts and athletics lessons that we were already offering into virtual lessons, added a brand-new type of programming called CoachArt tutorials that we stream live multiple times per week, and are expanding our services to 5 new cities that we previously haven’t served: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York City, and Portland.

CoachArt offers directing programming to students through three possible avenues: (1) 1:1 in-home instruction; (2) group instruction; (3) special one-day events; and (4) through program partner scholarships with other organizations that are able to provide adaptable, inclusive instruction to students with chronic illness.
We utilize multiple innovative technology platforms in order to keep track of our constituents (students, families, volunteer instructors, and donors) -- mainly Salesforce, SurveyMonkey, and our proprietary platform CoachArt Connect.
CoachArt Connect enables volunteers to register, complete a background check, complete training, search for students based on skills and availability, and directly match for lessons. This online tool also tracks and monitors volunteer registration, confirmation, and attendance. CoachArt Connect has reduced the staff time to match volunteers with CoachArt youth from over 7 hours to under 17 minutes!
We have a passionate staff, board, partnerships with medical health professionals, and volunteer instructor network which combines innovative technological strategy with heart and care to our population of kids.

Our organization provides over 3,500 hours of instruction monthly in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness nationwide will have an opportunity to learn and grow together. We are a unique adaptive program that tends to the needs of our families.

We have already been actively responding to the COVID-19 crisis, having hired four different freelancers for four different projects since March 1st, including: a video project to give updates to our community about our response, a design project to create a powerpoint deck to present our plan to our Board of Directors, a PR plan to speak at virtual nonprofit conferences about how other nonprofits can rise to meet this moment (our first appearance is next week!), and a LinkedIn content plan to connect with local professionals in our 5 new cities to scale these free programs to their communities.

We’ve spent nearly our entire annual freelancer budget (that we spend entirely through Upwork) in the last 2 months to try to frontload the launch of our CoachArt Virtual Summer campaign. The two biggest contracts have been:

Melissa Burch’s thought-leadership contract, currently set for 1 month, to message our work broadly to the healthcare, nonprofit, technology, and other communities

Kim Stone’s social media manager contract, currently set for 1 month, to create LinkedIn content that specifically connects with and informs targeted individuals in our expansion cities about bringing CoachArt’s free programs to kids impacted by chronic illness in their community

Financials

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

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COACHART ORG

Board of directors
as of 7/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rich Sullivan

CoachArt

Term: 2019 -

Elena Halpert-Schilt

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Carlyn Henry

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Kelly Merryman

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Sean Moriarty

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James Pitaro

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Robert Roback

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Rich Sullivan

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James Williams

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Brent Weinstein

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Erik Moreno

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Kara Soldati

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Kay Madati

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Zander Lurie

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Leah Bernthal

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Jason Hahn

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Sean Brecker

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Stefanie Kane

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No