Discovery Arts announced today that it has been honored with the prestigious Top-Rated Nonprofit Award for 2014 by Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
Discovery Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings the healing power of the arts to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are in the hospital receiving treatment.
“We are so honored to receive the 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits,” said Marilyn Clements, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Discovery Arts, “This year, we have served more than 3,500 very sick children and their families in 7 major hospitals. It's important to note that all of our programs and services are completely free of charge to the hospitals, patients and their families. It would be impossible to do this without the generosity and support of so many warmhearted people, businesses and Foundations who partner with us. It takes a village to help these precious children, we are extremely grateful to our Spokesperson, Cathy Rigby, who regularly promotes Discovery Arts by giving her whole heart to our kids and our mission.”
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Discovery Arts received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “I've been donating and also including the company's I've worked for in Donating to this GREAT charity. The best experience I valued was actually seeing the kids in person, monetary donations are definitely warranted; however being able to see the kids directly affected really captured my heart! The volunteers and staff of Discovery Arts are so nice and wonderful! Forever supporting Discovery Arts, they truly are Angels on Earth!”
While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Discovery Arts was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, they’ve been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide — an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Discovery Arts have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.
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About Discovery Arts: Discovery Arts was created in 1993 by a dedicated group of entertainment industry professionals who began volunteering their time and talents to bring music, dance, art and drama to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are in the hospital receiving treatment. All of Discovery Arts programs and services are free of charge to the hospitals, patients and their families. We rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, fundraisers and foundations to survive and grow.
Subscribe to Discovery Arts' YouTube Channel to see first hand their experiences in the hospitals they serve. https://www.youtube.com/user/DiscoveryArts
Discovery Arts serves over 3,500 children and their families each year. With programs at these California Hospitals; Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Jonathan Jaques Children’s CancerCenter at Millers, CHOC Children’s Hospital, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, CHOC at Mission and Mercy Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri!
In recognition of the powerful impact of the arts on these children, Discovery Arts was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency in 1998 with a mission to expand the delivery of “Arts Adventures” to many more children in many more hospitals. All of Discovery Arts programs and services are offered free of charge to the hospitals, patients and their families.
We are honored to have received this wonderful review on Great Non Profits from Wendy Grant. Her daughter, Sarah is a survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. With heartfelt appreciation we wanted to share her words with you ...
Sarah was diagnosed at 14 months old with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She spent 26 months in treatment only to relapse 11 days later with a rare leukemic infiltrate in the iris of her eye. Sarah would go through another rigorous 28 months of chemo and radiation therapy. With painful treatments and days on end spent in the hospital, Sarah looked forward to Wednesdays knowing that Discovery Arts would be there welcoming her with a costume an fun things to do.
When Sarah was at her lowest Discovery Arts would nurture her spirit and encourage the artist within her. She would sing and dance enjoying each moment with the incredible loving members of Discovery Arts.
Sarah had less than a 40% chance of survival and we believe that the positive energy and healing properties of the arts helped Sarah to win her battle with cancer. The joy they brought her and us is priceless. They were integral in Sarah's recovery and because of their love and encouragement 9 years later Sarah is cancer free and continues to perform as both a ballerina with Southland Ballet Academy / Festival Ballet Theater and as a singer.
Thank you Marilyn and friends for loving us and caring enough to help children like Sarah, your legacy lives on through these incredible children.
Wendy, Howard, & Sarah Grant
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Bringing the healing power of the arts to children who are in the hospital undergoing treatment for cancer or life-threatening illness.