Making a difference in the lives of local children.

In 1996, American Heritage became the first credit union in the country to form a charitable organization when it began the Kids-N-Hope Foundation. The impetus for Kids-N-Hope was a visit by American Heritage's CEO, Bruce Foulke, to the Children’s Seashore House of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The first “ray of hope” donated by the Kids-N-Hope Foundation to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was a Music Therapy Program. The funds were used to purchase instruments and hire a full-time Music Therapist.

Since then, the Foundation has donated over $3.1 million to local hospitals and not-for-profit organizations, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Foundation's mission is to enhance children's health and life services by supporting music therapy programs, children's centers, and after school music programs at hospitals and not-for-profit organizations.


How Music Therapy Improves Health

Music therapy is a medical treatment prescribed by a doctor or medical professional to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems.

Music therapy is provided by a specially-trained therapist who assess a person’s emotional and physical health, cognitive abilities and social and communication skills. Based on those assessments, the therapist will develop a music plan to target clinical goal areas with music-based strategies to promote positive health outcomes. We believe every child undergoing medical treatment has the right to receive music therapy as an integrated component to their medical care.

Recent News

American Heritage Credit Union and The Kids-N-Hope Foundation Host Second Annual Cornhole Tournament

By: American Heritage
Due to inclement weather, the event will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 6 PM. American Heritage Credit Union and The Kids-N-Hope Foundation will host the second annual Cornhole Tournament at American Heritage Credit Union’s Red Lion Road campus. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Kids-N-Hope Foundation, which aims to enhance children’s health and life services, including music therapy and music programs, at local hospitals and not-for-profit organizations.

Kids-N-Hope Foundation Raises $8,000 During its Summer Bingo Event

By: American Heritage
The Kids-N-Hope Foundation raised $8,000 during its Summer Purse and Power Tool Bingo event. Over 120 attendees enjoyed a night of bingo, raffles, and time with friends and family all while supporting the Foundation’s mission to fund music therapy programs and other child life services.

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How To Help

As the Foundation has grown, Kids-N-Hope supports a variety of pediatric health and life services, including music programs and music therapy. American Heritage is committed to its partnership with the Foundation by supporting events to raise funds to support these programs.