During the nineties, TomSongs, LLC operated for profit yet was mostly not-profit-able as one would expect of a complete unknown. My original business plan was to fully exploit my self-proclaimed talent and write songs between gigs to make my living. Reality caught up quickly and my vision shifted to "songwriter / performer" with a day job.
Since that time, I have developed my musical abilities enough to earn a few dollars while my "day job" in healthcare consulting has provided more dollars and nicer studio gear. This work, combined with a few decades of GRAMMY and MusiCares experience, has placed me in a unique position to discover or design opportunities to give back . Supporting projects that aim to improve the human condition and connecting colleagues from both professions has led to many dollars raised / donated and more than a few lives improved.
TomSongs 501 is my base camp for collaborating with like-minded music and healthcare professionals to improve the human condition. Writing a simple song or a assisting in a healthcare clinic for musicians, a community recording project or field medical duty at Standing Rock, a new guitar and a lesson for a Veteran or a non-profit documentary about environmental hazards.
I have accomplished all of these - and a few of them more than once - with a personal goal to achieve a balance set by great humans like the legendary Harry Chapin - "I play one night for me and one night for the other guy". Harry co-founded WhyHunger in 1975.
The Chapin Family continues to drive Harry's mission today. My work and my mission will never achieve comparable numbers but I plan to keep chipping away at this for as long as I breathe.
With so many charities to choose from, I have discovered way too many sketchy organizations (including a few very large orgs) operating in plain sight with no regulatory oversight. The taking outweighs the giving in many cases. When I find these crooks, I confront them, expose them and I get them shut down. Particularly with the countless so-called Veteran-facing charities, take a few extra minutes to research them before donating your time or money. There are resources available to help - Charity Navigator and Charity Watch are a good start. Your Secretary of State web pages will likely have a database of registered charities (although some are not required to register).
I have worked with each of these organizations directly for many years and I trust their mission as well as their balance sheets.
Of course there is nothing more effective or rewarding than helping someone directly without a middle-man.
Thank you for visiting and especially for giving your time and money to help whenever or wherever a need exists.
Mni Wiconi - Stand With Standing Rock
Standing Rock - Oceti Sakowin Camp
John and his team have done so much for 9/11 Responders and Families