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Sing for Hope

Creating a Better World through the Arts

aka Sing for Hope   |   MANHATTAN, NY   |  www.singforhope.org
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Sing for Hope

EIN: 01-0856384


Mission

Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, care facilities, schools, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. A non-profit organization founded in New York City in response to the events of 9/11, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world. The official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope champions art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal.

Ruling year info

2007

Co-Executive Director

Camille Zamora

Co-Executive Director

Monica Yunus

Main address

99 Wall Street Suite 1812

MANHATTAN, NY 10005 USA

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EIN

01-0856384

Subject area info

Arts education

Music

Philanthropy

Hospital care

Civic participation

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Refugees and displaced people

Low-income people

At-risk youth

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NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access to the arts is not equitable today, but organized, artist-led action can level the field for our future. We believe that through Sing for Hope's network of support, artists can act as powerful resource re-allocators for creativity, sharing the arts and their byproduct — hope — where they are needed most. The arts don’t just uplift and inspire: they heal. Research also demonstrates that arts programming helps those with long-term illnesses feel more control over their future and their pain. Arts programming has even been proven to slow memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients and help those with dementia or Alzheimer’s to connect with their past and with their loved ones. As the study “Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning” concludes, “engagement in the arts – whether the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, or other disciplines – nurtures the development of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.”

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?

Sing for Hope Education

Sing for Hopes Education program provides dynamic arts classes, workshops, and standards-based initiatives that inspire positive action and uplift youth, educators, and communities. The program is centered on our signature Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Arts Curriculum, our creative-service-learning curriculum that uses the arts to drive awareness and action for The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and is delivered in partnership with New York City Department of Education schools, Amani Sing for Hope Public Charter School, and select international pilot campuses.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Sing for Hopes Public Health and Wellbeing program produces research-based creative interventions, performances, and curated cultural experiences that promote wellness and connection in healthcare centers, long-term care facilities, treatment centers, and public spaces. Our programs encompass both in-person and virtual arts experiences, and are designed to affect systems change and benefit individuals, organizations, and communities.
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Population(s) Served
Adults

From the Bronx to Beirut, the Sing for Hope Pianos program is a global arts initiative that creates artist-designed pianos; places them in public spaces for anyone and everyone to enjoy; then transports and activates them year-round in permanent homes in schools, hospitals, transit hubs, refugee camps, and community-based organizations. Sing for Hope has provided more pianos for under-resourced public schools than any other organization in the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Sing for Hopes Cultural Diplomacy program provides creative advocacy, leadership, and program design that drive the integration of the arts in policy, peace-building, and global convenings on social change. In addition to curating the first-ever arts panel at The Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in 2013, Sing for Hope has presented cultural diplomacy programming for organizations including Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard University, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, The Kennedy Center, and The United Nations, where SFH has partnered with UNICEF and The High-Level Political Forum since 2020. Sing for Hope is the official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

Population(s) Served

Sing for Hopes Creative Workforce Development program is our signature power source that courses through all of our programming, developing and directing cultural workers to build happier, healthier communities locally and globally. The program trains and supports artists as creative placemakers in their communities, delivering wellbeing, safety, and economic development. Sing for Hopes Creative Workforce Development reframes the value proposition of the arts for the post-pandemic era with innovative public-private partnerships that extend our creative industry beyond traditional theatrical and museum models. Working with individuals and groups, Sing for Hopes Creative Workforce Development program benefits multiple stakeholders and provides system-wide impact.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Congressional Citation 2013

United States Congress

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Affiliations & memberships

Founding member, National Organization for Arts in Health 2018

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 people served in Sing for Hope Healing Arts Program

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

Older adults, Seniors, Young adults

Related Program

Sing for Hope Public Health and Wellbeing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Programming was delivered virtually during 2020-2022 due to health restrictions, making tracking difficult, with programming for health audiences in NYC and beyond resuming in person in 2023.

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.

Sing for Hope envisions a world in which all individuals and communities have easy access to creative resources, because creativity fosters healthier, happier, and more equitable lives, and where the creative arts are leveraged to facilitate healing and address society’s areas of greatest need- a world in which artistic expression is once again positioned as a central component of human wholeness and societal harmony. Sing for Hope was founded to close the arts “equity gap” for students in high-poverty schools, and to explore art’s catalytic power for individual and community healing. The arts teach students how to approach complex problems with creativity and innovation, encourage young people to develop confidence and emotional maturity, and provide youth with an essential form of expression. We continually work to address our SFH Pianos and programming waiting list, currently 150 under-resourced schools, and we continue to present the case for creative arts interventions worldwide.

Sing for Hope’s Artist Partners are the engines that power our broad range of arts outreach programs, inspiring and fostering positive change for those in need. Our core programming in NYC engages our Artist Partners and youth leaders at partner sites that serve schoolchildren, hospital patients, people with disabilities, military veterans, and seniors, in order to inspire countless people throughout the US and abroad through our arts access initiatives. By sharing creativity in communities, our programs enrich artists in tandem with those they serve.

Sing for Hope Artist Partners serve in every program as our most vital asset, leveraging their creative service to transform individuals and communities in need. Our arts outreach programs bring hope and inspiration with the belief that the arts have unmatched power to uplift, unite, and heal, and that all people deserve access to them. Sing for Hope has made a commitment to financially support all of our artists, who have reported a sector-wide unemployment or under-employment rate of 95% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2006, our experience and partnerships with over 300 community-based organizations, and mobilization of thousands of artists in creative service, have reached 100,000 students & community members at NYC public schools, and placed 500 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos throughout public spaces, hospitals, and schools.

We mobilize a vast network of artists to power high-level arts programming at under-resourced schools, community centers, and bring dynamic arts experiences for hospital patients, persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans provide a source of joy and inspiration for patients and caregivers alike. Sing for Hope brings award-winning arts advocacy and healing arts programming to cities across the United States. As the first-ever arts organization to serve as Panel Curator at the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, Sing for Hope holds that the inclusion of the arts and artists in international summits ensures more dynamic, productive global policy change.

SING FOR HOPE HEALING ARTS — Research-based creative performances, workshops, and curated cultural experiences that promote wellness, connection, and respite in hospitals, vaccination centers, long-term care facilities, hospices, and treatment centers. Our programs encompass both in-person arts experiences as well as daily live virtual performances, classes, and workshops via our Open Arts platform.
SING FOR HOPE EDUCATION — Dynamic arts workshops and standards-based curricula that inspire civic action and uplift youth, educators, and local communities.
SING FOR HOPE GLOBAL — Creative advocacy, leadership, and program design that drive the integration of the arts in policy and at global convenings on social change.
SING FOR HOPE PIANOS — From the Bronx to Beirut, The Sing for Hope Pianos is a global arts initiative that produces artist-designed pianos; places them in public spaces for anyone and everyone to enjoy; then transports and activates them year-round in permanent homes in schools, hospitals, transit hubs, refugee camps, and community-based organizations. Sing for Hope has provided more pianos for under-resourced public schools than any other organization in the world.

We have pivoted to a hybrid in-person / virtual model due to the challenges of COVID-19, and will continue to evaluate how to move forward as the pandemic continues to evolve.

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 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, 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

17.53

Average of 8.68 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.9

Average of 5.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

25%

Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Sing for Hope

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Sing for Hope’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$571,497 -$92,806 $36,408 $517,395 $1,059,710
As % of expenses -29.8% -5.3% 1.8% 25.2% 38.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$591,765 -$99,812 $21,079 $498,192 $1,039,861
As % of expenses -30.5% -5.7% 1.0% 24.1% 37.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,985,916 $930,676 $1,889,471 $6,639,401 $2,703,652
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.4% -68.8% 103.0% 251.4% -59.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 7.5% 18.1% 2.9% 17.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 1.6% 5.4% 13.9% 9.0% 12.8%
All other grants and contributions 96.8% 85.9% 67.5% 88.1% 69.5%
Other revenue 1.6% 1.2% 0.5% 0.1% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,919,306 $1,750,019 $2,062,985 $2,049,660 $2,786,066
Total expenses, % change over prior year 24.7% -8.8% 17.9% -0.6% 35.9%
Personnel 55.9% 62.2% 45.1% 48.1% 42.6%
Professional fees 20.2% 18.5% 43.1% 28.4% 47.0%
Occupancy 6.3% 7.1% 0.3% 0.5% 0.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 17.6% 12.2% 11.4% 23.0% 10.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,939,574 $1,757,025 $2,078,314 $2,068,863 $2,805,915
One month of savings $159,942 $145,835 $171,915 $170,805 $232,172
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $44,319 $78,945 $0 $0 $135,755
Total full costs (estimated) $2,143,835 $1,981,805 $2,250,229 $2,239,668 $3,173,842

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 2.1 2.6 2.1 5.7 5.9
Months of cash and investments 2.1 2.6 2.1 5.7 5.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.3 -0.8 -0.6 3.0 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $338,786 $376,091 $361,859 $969,893 $1,380,126
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $3,069,977 $2,394,852 $2,303,802 $6,153,740 $5,554,655
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $271,956 $303,853 $314,153 $220,387 $291,235
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 64.9% 44.9% 48.3% 77.5% 43.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.1% 8.7% 10.3% 1.0% 1.3%
Unrestricted net assets $144,848 $45,036 $66,115 $564,307 $1,604,168
Temporarily restricted net assets $3,417,671 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,417,671 $2,691,134 $2,481,212 $6,553,558 $5,411,434
Total net assets $3,562,519 $2,736,170 $2,547,327 $7,117,865 $7,015,602

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Co-Executive Director

Camille Zamora

Camille Zamora is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope. An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, with ensembles including London Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio and Sirius. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named one of CNN's Most Intriguing People, NY1's “New Yorker of the Week" and one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy" by Town & Country. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a leading voice in the “artist as citizen" discussion, Camille has performed and spoken at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations.

Co-Executive Director

Monica Yunus

Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope. Ms. Yunus has performed with the world's leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Zouk Festival, and in recitals in Spain, Guatemala, and her native Bangladesh. She has been honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award and, in 2013, received a Congressional Citation, was honored as “New Yorker of the Week" by NY1, and was named one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy" by Town & Country. A leading voice in the “artist as citizen" discussion, she has performed and spoken at the Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Ms. Yunus is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rochelle King

Netflix

Jon Batiste

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

David Beahm

David Beahm Experiences

Andrea Bocelli

Internationally Renowned Tenor & Recording Artist

Jeffrey Chertoff

Investor & Advisor

Garance Choko

Founder & Strategist in Chief, Coda

CaSandra Diggs

Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.: CFDA Foundation, Inc.

Renée Fleming

Chicago Lyric Opera; Grammy-Award Winning Soprano

Annabelle Garrett

Pritario Capital Management, LLC

Eva Haller

International Philanthropist

Linda E Johnson

Brooklyn Public Library

Andrea Jung

Grameen America

Tahra Lore Grant

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Josh Pultz

Amplified Entertainment Inc.

Cara Smyth

Glasgow Caledonian University New York

Kara Unterberg

Investor; Philanthropist; Founder, New York SongSpace

Billy Weisman

Weisman Enterprises; Founder, DoTopia

Damien Woetzel

President, The Juilliard School

Monica Yunus

Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope

Muhammad Yunus

Grameen Bank

Camille Zamora

Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope

Ann Ziff

Philantropist; Chair, Metropolitan Opera

Midori Miyazaki

International Executive Director, IFAC

Margie Loeb

Philanthropist

Rochelle King

VP Creative Production, Netflix

Monique Coleman

Actress and Philanthropist

Devika Bhise

Actor, Producer, Activist

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/1/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2020

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.
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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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