Horns For Kids
159 PELHAM AVE
HAMDEN CT 06518-2524
Contact Information
Address 159 PELHAM AVE
HAMDEN , CT 06518-2524
Telephone (203) 288-9771 x
Fax 203-248-9442
E-mail info@hornsforkids.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Horns For Kids supports deserving school music programs throughout Connecticut. Our main purpose is to encourage children to experience the thrill of performing music in school, and as a life-long activity. H4K raises funds through private and corporate contributions -- and awards clean, playable instruments to deserving school music programs throughout Connecticut. We accept donations of new and gently used instruments, have them refurbished, and distribute them to deserving Connecticut schools.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2011
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Fred E Rossomando
Board Chair Fred E Rossomando
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Horns For Kids supports deserving school music programs throughout Connecticut. Our main purpose is to encourage children to experience the thrill of performing music in school, and as a life-long activity. H4K raises funds through private and corporate contributions -- and awards clean, playable instruments to deserving school music programs throughout Connecticut. We accept donations of new and gently used instruments, have them refurbished, and distribute them to deserving Connecticut schools.
Background

In 1994, Horns For Kids was inaugurated by The Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, a 501(c)3 corporation, as an educational outreach program to provide instruments, sheet music, and funding for workshops and summer music programs to Connecticut students — encouraging the playing of traditional jazz music.

In June, 2003, the Jazz Festival appointed two new co-directors for the Horns For Kids program. Both retired Connecticut public school music teachers, they broadened the scope of the program to impact more students in more school music programs.
 
In July, 2011, the program became independent from the Jazz Festival as Horns For Kids, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)3 Connecticut corporation. The same two co-directors make up the Board of Directors.
 
As a statewide charitable organization, Horns For Kids accepts donations of new and gently used instruments, has them refurbished, and distributes them to deserving Connecticut schools based on need. Our efforts are based on the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience the thrill of making music.
 
Though Connecticut is an affluent state, H4K has found through its school application process, that there are many school districts with severe budget constraints for the arts. Teachers tell us that there continue to be reductions of music staff, elimination of music programs (i.e. elimination of elementary band program, high school choir, string programs, jazz band, etc.), and reduced budgets. And, of course with the high jobless rates, there are more and more families that cannot afford to rent or buy a musical instrument for their child.
 
Since the spring of 2003, Horns For Kids has awarded over 800 new and refurbished musical instruments to more than 350 different Connecticut schools. In the last ten years, H4K has impacted thousands of students throughout Connecticut, making it possible for them to experience the thrill of making music in school and as a lifelong activity.
Impact
Accomplishments 9/1/12-9/1/13: 
  • Awarded 120 instruments to 96 different CT schools
  • Increased number of schools that applied for instruments
  • Increased number of student and private fundraisers for Horns For Kids
  • Continued relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
Goals for current year:
  • To award more new and refurbished musical instruments to schools, based on need 
  • Increase number of schools that apply
  • Increase publicity in newspapers and broadcast media,  to encourage more people to donate gently used instruments
  • Encourage teachers to share success stories about students using instruments awarded their school
  • Seek additional sources of funding
  • To maintain adequate funds for the repair of donated instruments (every instrument awarded must be clean, playable and in excellent condition)
Needs
Needs:
  • To maintain adequate funds available for repair of donated instruments.
  • To be able to purchase new and/or refurbished instruments to supplement those received as donations to H4K.
  • In 2012, the total cost of instrument repair and supplemental instruments purchased was $7988.48.  We are looking to increase this amount so more instruments are available to schools.
CEO Statement See the statement from the President below.  Horns For Kids only has two directors/board members.  Fred Rossomando is the President.  Charles Lee Walkup is the Secretary/Treasurer.
Board Chair Statement

   In 1994, Horns For Kids was inaugurated by The Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, a 501(c)3 corporation, as an educational outreach program to provide instruments, sheet music, and funding for workshops and summer music programs to Connecticut students — encouraging the playing of traditional jazz music.

   In June, 2003, the Jazz Festival appointed two new co-directors for the Horns For Kids program. Both retired Connecticut public school music teachers, they broadened the scope of the program to impact more students in more school music programs.

   In July, 2011, the program became independent from the Jazz Festival as Horns For Kids, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)3 Connecticut corporation. The same two co-directors make up the Board of Directors.

   As a statewide charitable organization, Horns For Kids accepts donations of new and gently used instruments, has them refurbished, and distributes them to deserving Connecticut schools based on need. Our efforts are based on the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience the thrill of making music.

   Though Connecticut is an affluent state, H4K has found through its school application process, that there are many school districts with severe budget constraints for the arts. Teachers tell us that there continue to be reductions of music staff, elimination of music programs (i.e. elimination of elementary band program, high school choir, string programs, jazz band, etc.), and reduced budgets. And, of course with the high jobless rates, there are more and more families that cannot afford to rent or buy a musical instrument for their child.

   Since the spring of 2003, Horns For Kids has awarded over 800 new and refurbished musical instruments to more than 350 different Connecticut schools. In the last ten years, H4K has impacted thousands of students throughout Connecticut, making it possible for them to experience the thrill of making music in school and as a lifelong activity.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Horns For Kids serves all public and private K-12 schools in the state of Connecticut.  There are over 60,000 Connecticut students actively involved in school music ensembles (band, jazz band, orchestra, choir). The majority of students, K-12, havbea an opportunity at some point for music training.  Therefore, the potential target population for Horns For Kids is enormous.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Many of the people who donate gently used instruments find us by using on-line search engines like Google.  They will find us by searching for donations, instruments, Connecticut.  We receive donations from people all over the country.  Therefore, internet search engines are very important to Horns For Kids.
Program Comments
CEO Comments The program continues to grow each year.  As a result, more schools come to depend on Horns For Kids to supply instruments.  Our biggest challenge is to increase the number of gently used instruments the public donates, and then have adequate funds to have them refurbished.  The need for instruments is greater than Horns For Kids can presently supply.  We will work on getting the word out to the public that their instrument donations are needed.
CEO/Executive Director
Fred E Rossomando
Term Start June 2011
Email Fred@hornsforkids.org
Experience 10 years
Co-CEO
Charles Lee Walkup
Term Start May 2011
Email Lee@hornsforkids.org
Experience 10 years
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
We have only two board members, who are also the directors.  That is the only staff we have.
Board Chair
Fred E Rossomando
Company Affiliation President
Term May 2011 to Dec 2031
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Charles Lee Walkup Secretary/Treasurer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 20
Board Term Limits 20
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Co-Chair
Charles Lee Walkup
Company Affiliation Secretary/Treasurer
Term May 2011 to Dec 2031
Email Lee@hornsforkids.org
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2013
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Tax Exempt Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$38,816$2,595--
Administration Expense$775$30,023--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.731.80--
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%8%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$15,220$26,107--
Current Assets$9,720$18,957--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$15,220$26,107--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Great Connecticut Jazz Festival $22,951--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments We have no audits.  Our tax returns for 2011 and 2012 were prepared by Pam Matocha, CPA, at T.M. Byxbee & Co. in Hamden, CT.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 159 PELHAM AVE
HAMDEN , CT 065182524
Primary Phone 203 288-9771
Contact Email info@hornsforkids.org
CEO/Executive Director Fred E Rossomando
Board Chair Fred E Rossomando
Board Chair Company Affiliation President

 

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