Earlier this week we talked to you about Jam for Jeff, an annual benefit put on each year by friends trying to honor one of their own, gone much too soon. If you missed it, you can find more about the event here. Each year, the event selects a different charity or charities to donate the proceeds to. This year, one of the beneficiaries was Do it For The Love. And today we bring you a little more about that incredible organization.
What is Do it For The Love?
Do It For The Love is a nonprofit wish-granting foundation that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts. Through the healing power of music, our goal is to inspire joy, hope, and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma.
Where did the idea for this organization come from?
In April 2013, Steve and Hope Dezember reached out to Michael and asked that Steve’s wish to attend Michael Franti & Spearhead’s concert be granted. Steve was living with advanced stage ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). During the show, Michael invited the couple to join him and the band onstage. Although Steve was barely able to move his body, he asked Hope to lift him out of his wheelchair. Wrapped in each other’s arms, they danced on stage in front of 20,000 fellow music fans. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Michael (and fiancée Sara Agah) had been looking for a project to work on together. That night, they decided they would continue to give the gift of live music to inspire joy, connectedness and a positive, potentially life-changing experience to as many people in need as possible. Michael came very close to dying when his appendix ruptured on tour. Sara works as an E.R. nurse. Their experiences, and the Dezembers’ story, led to the creation of Do It For The Love. Their hope is to bring thousands of people in need, to experience the healing power of music.
Where does the funding come from and where does the money go?
Our budget for 2015 is $647,690. Of that, 62% directly supports our wish grant programs. The majority of our program costs include: concert tickets, travel and accommodations for wish grant recipients. Additional expenses include staff salaries for wish grant administration; materials and supplies; wish grant marketing expenses; and other expenses related to promoting, managing and providing wish grants.
To learn more about the breakdown of donations you can check out DIFTL’s Your Donations at Work Page
How can people help? How do people touched by this mission contribute?
You can contribute on-line by visiting the DIFTL donation page. Or If you wish to send a check, please make it payable to:
Do It For The Love
Do It For The Love Foundation
PO Box 6281, Napa, CA, 94581
Other ways to contribute include:
Making a tribute gift in honor or in memory of a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion.
Hosting a fundraiser.
Shopping at our Community Partners, generous businesses who donate a portion of sales.
Becoming a Corporate Sponsor and receive an exciting variety of benefits for your company.
Make a gift of stock or other appreciated asset to enjoy significant tax-savings.
Include us in your estate plans to make a meaningful mark on our work that spans beyond your years.
Check with your employer to determine if they will match your gift.
(Contact Interim Executive Director Harmony Plenty to discuss these options and inquire about other giving opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org)
How does someone nominate a person for a wish?
Visit the wish grant page for information and to nominate someone on-line.