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Songs of Love Foundation

The Medicine of Music™

aka Songs of Love   |   Forest Hills, NY   |  http://www.songsoflove.org
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Songs of Love Foundation

EIN: 11-3314191


Mission

The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each “song of love” is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (kids, pop, R&B, rock, alternative, etc.), by many talented singer/songwriters. Each “song of love” is delivered pre-loaded on our Song Of Love USB 8GB drive. As each child is unique, so is every “song of love” composition. Since 1996 the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 33,000 children worldwide.

Notes from the nonprofit

After 28 years in operation, the Songs Love Foundation Stands alone in providing an innovative form of music therapy by delivering fully produced personalized songs that reflect back to each ailing child their everlasting beauty and spirit. Over 200 active singer/songwriters have realized that they can also use their talents to help make this a better world.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Mr. John Beltzer

Main address

PO Box 750809

Forest Hills, NY 11375 USA

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EIN

11-3314191

Subject area info

Music

Patient social services

Human services

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

People with disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Music (A68)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When kids are undergoing serious illness, physical or emotional challenges, they need whatever they can get for emotional support. Songs of Love provides a novel form of emotional therapy by providing personalized songs to reflect back to each patient how truly special they are as unique human beings. Songs of Love has solicited smiles when often nothing else could. While ailing children wait for their bodies to hopefully secured, Songs of Love deals with the immediacy of bringing much needed joy for the moment. Our primary mission at the Songs of Love Foundation is to bring joy, comfort, and hope to sick children and teenagers through the power of personalized songs. We believe that music has the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of those facing medical, physical, or emotional challenges. As part of our commitment to this mission, we also support the arts by giving singer/songwriters a meaningful outlet to create music for a good cause, and to make them feel validated.

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?

The Songs of Love Foundation

The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical, or emotional challenges, while also fostering a supportive and empowering platform for singer/songwriters to share their unique talents and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Each “song of love” is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (kids, pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by many talented singer/songwriters. Songs can be requested at songsoflove.org/request.

Download the Songs of Love App Today! Available on iOS and Android
Apple: songsoflove.org/apple
Android: songsoflove.org/android

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

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 children/teens who have received a "song of love"

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

The Songs of Love Foundation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children who have received a "song of love" for each of the listed years.

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

Charting impact

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

• Strengthening existing partnerships, and creating new ones, in the children's health care community
• Building on our existing roster of singer/songwriters to deliver songs
in all genres and languages
• Generating more Songs of Love Experience team-building events
• Creating more fundraising events and concerts
• Social Media posts, Digital Song Distribution (iTunes, Spotify, etc.)
• Marketing our new Mobile App
• Brochure distribution and year-end mailings
• Increased giving from Institutional Funders (Foundations and Corporations). Current supporters include Macy's, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation and Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation.
• Helping give singer/songwriters a meaningful outlet to use their talents to help a sick child smile.

As we look to expand and help a growing number of children every year Songs of Love has in place and will look to add to include:

• Hospital and Songwriter Outreach: 1 Full-Time Employee
• Expanded Data Entry Staff: 2 Full-Time Employees
• Digital Song Distribution Staff: 1 Full-Time Employee
• Song Preparation Staff: 2 Full-Time Employees
• On-Site Representative at Give Kids the World, 1 Full-Time Employee
• Bookkeeper: 1 Full-Time Employee
• Additional Freelance Help: Grant Writing, Web Services,
Database Maintenance, Event Planning and Management
• Larger Office Space: 1200 to 1500 square feet
• Additional Technology: Phones, Computers, Recording Equipment, Shipping Materials, etc.

Powerful Partnerships
Songs of Love has formed a strong and growing partnership with Give Kids the World Village, an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Families are referred by one of over 250 wish­granting organizations or foundations.
Each year 8,000 children and their families visit Give Kids the World, which presents Songs of Love with a huge opportunity for expansion. By continuing this robust partnership, while simultaneously strengthening our existing partnerships with other health care facilities, we have a clear path to reach our 5-year-goal of providing unique "songs of love" for 7,000 children per year.
"The Songs of Love Experience™ "
Over 100,000 people at companies and in concerts venues have participated in the live recordings of "songs of love" for local sick children. With increased awareness and marketing we can build this into a major funding and outreach source for Songs of Love.
A Unique Mission that Blends Healing
and Arts to Touch HeArts
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2017 it was estimated that 15,270 children and adolescents from birth to age 19 would be diagnosed with cancer alone. Songs of Love serves a similar demographic to the renowned Make-a-Wish Foundation, which has granted almost 450,000 wishes worldwide since 1980.
While these wishes give the children an incredible experience they will always remember, Songs of Love fills the need for ongoing emotional and therapeutic support via an everlasting "song of love." In addition, we're expanding our reach to include kids experiencing depression and other psychosocial trauma.

Before the pandemic, Songs of Love, Songs of Love was on track to help 4,000 kids in 2020. In 2022, we expect to resume our exponential growth as we look to help 4,000 children every year and more with added additional outreach efforts. We have also enlisted thousands of songwriters to create songs for the kids. Our platform gives these singer/songwriters a purpose and place to use their gifts to create songs that matter.

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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Songs of Love Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Audited Financials 2021 Songs of Love Audited Report 2020 John Beltzer 2007 2007 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

37.22

Average of 27.39 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

35.4

Average of 15.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

25%

Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Songs of Love Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Songs of Love Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Songs of Love Foundation’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $202,198 $1,025,132 $160,341 -$757 $716,446
As % of expenses 36.0% 160.6% 26.4% -0.1% 118.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $201,103 $1,024,435 $160,041 -$23,657 $689,074
As % of expenses 35.7% 160.3% 26.3% -4.1% 108.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $764,556 $1,663,345 $767,553 $546,584 $1,322,181
Total revenue, % change over prior year 50.2% 117.6% -53.9% -28.8% 141.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.1% 1.2% 4.2% 2.2% 3.5%
Government grants 0.9% 0.3% 6.1% 7.4% 0.4%
All other grants and contributions 98.0% 98.5% 89.7% 89.9% 96.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $562,358 $638,213 $607,212 $547,341 $605,735
Total expenses, % change over prior year 55.3% 13.5% -4.9% -9.9% 10.7%
Personnel 41.9% 40.0% 44.2% 48.4% 45.8%
Professional fees 11.7% 11.7% 13.0% 13.3% 13.4%
Occupancy 3.6% 3.2% 3.2% 0.2% 0.2%
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 42.8% 45.1% 39.6% 38.1% 40.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $563,453 $638,910 $607,512 $570,241 $633,107
One month of savings $46,863 $53,184 $50,601 $45,612 $50,478
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $26,097 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $610,316 $692,094 $658,113 $641,950 $683,585

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.7 27.1 31.6 34.4 35.4
Months of cash and investments 9.7 27.1 31.6 34.4 45.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.4 27.5 32.1 35.0 45.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $456,837 $1,440,917 $1,599,596 $1,569,961 $1,784,891
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $528,104
Receivables $2,518 $4,355 $10,116 $5,759 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $29,066 $29,066 $29,066 $34,293 $34,293
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 95.6% 98.0% 99.0% 89.8% 94.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.0% 1.0% 1.6% 4.0% 2.1%
Unrestricted net assets $440,445 $1,464,880 $1,624,921 $1,601,264 $2,290,338
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $440,445 $1,464,880 $1,624,921 $1,601,264 $2,290,338

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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

President

Mr. John Beltzer

John Beltzer- Founded Songs of Love in February of 1996. John is a singer/songwriter with numerous writing and production credits. He has been the recipient of several songwriting awards, and his songs have been featured in various ASCAP songwriting workshops. The songs that John writes touch upon most styles of music from pop, rock, soul, folk, country, and jazz. John's many contacts within the musical community have enabled him to tap into the talent pool of many gifted songwriters, singers, and instrumentalists, who are inspired and excited about the opportunity to utilize their abilities for a profoundly gratifying cause. The defining moment in John's musical career was when a 5 year old cancer patient thanked him over the phone for the song that had been written for her. After that, there was no turning back. As founder of Songs of Love, he has been featured in 60 Minutes, USA Today, The New York Times, NY1 News (New Yorker of the Week), Good Housekeeping Magazine, People Magazine, and CNN and many others

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Songs of Love Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Songs of Love Foundation

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

John Beltzer

Songs of Love Foundation

Richard Berardi

Scott Curran

Tony Carrion

John Beltzer

Jeff Baltimore

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 ? 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 6/6/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/06/2024

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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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.