|  3400 Airport Avenue Santa Monica CA 90405

The Heart Touch Project is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 95-4529022.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Nursing Services (General) within the Health - General and Rehabilitative category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1995.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having 2 years of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.

To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has 2 years of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for The Heart Touch Project under the EIN: 95-4529022.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, The Heart Touch Project will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.

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Data Sources

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

The Heart Touch Project reported its two largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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Training of volunteer therapists who deliver service to hospitalized children, frail and elderly persons, and some individuals with AIDS. Five pediatric volunteers were placed at UCLA Mattel Children' ... (More)


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The goal of The Heart Touch Project International Outreach Program is to serve orphaned infants, children and young adults infected with HIV in Cambodia providing them with compassionate, therapeutic  ... (More)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Heart Touch Project's goals are to: - Provide compassionate and healing touch to homebound or hospitalized men, women, and children; - Train bodywork professionals to provide therapeutic touch therapy to vulnerable populations in Southern California; and - Educate healthcare practitioners in the Heart Touch approach.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

In his landmark publication Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin, Ashley Montagu characterized touch as “above all, an act of communication." He further says that the “use of touch and physical closeness may be the most important way to communicate to acutely ill persons that they are important as human beings." It is in this spirit that Heart Touch staff created a variety of trainings to assist volunteers develop the awareness and skills needed to communicate that importance. For these reasons, the trainings put great emphasis on the dignity and worth of those struggling with serious illnesses and medical conditions.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Heart Touch teaches a gentle, nurturing and mindful form of touch therapy based on a profound respect for the physical and psychological needs of the individual. Strictly speaking, the Heart Touch approach is neither a technique nor a modality, but a specialized form of skilled touch, based on a holistic approach to therapeutic massage.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Each year, The Heart Touch Project measures progress against the following objectives: - Provide 7,000 healing touch sessions to vulnerable infants - Provide 3,500 therapeutic touch sessions to hospice patients with medical diagnosis of six or fewer months to live - Provide 1,000 touch sessions to individuals with HIV in Cambodia - Train 20 new child therapists - Train over 90 nurses, volunteers, hospice workers and caregivers in the Heart Touch method - Train over 650 caregivers of infants and children

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Over the years, Heart Touch has trained more than 3,500 bodywork professionals, who have given more than 23,000 free massages to 1,000 of the most vulnerable members of our community. In the years ahead, The Heart Touch Project strives to expand the programs to a wider network of hospitals and hospices in the greater Los Angeles and train more bodywork professionals in the Heart Touch method.


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