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bornagainjeeper
07-29-2009, 04:28 PM
I saw the Tribute to CaptainGoogle and this tough guy let out a couple tears...I was in the woods when all of this happened so i had no idea until today...(great people always pass on when i'm in the woods...presidents, popes, celebrities...and uke players apperently). Though i didn't know much about Vince, he is all of our brother in the ukulele, so why not do something that only ukulele underground can?

I will need some help organzing and making phone calls...But i propose we send 1 (or more) ukuleles each to an organization in his home town, such as the boys and girls club, or an organization that helped him out...Having a Vince Memorial Ukulele Fund....If we could put a beginner ukulele in the hands of kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity, such as at risk youth, or those with illness i know we can change the world 4 strings at a time. I haven't got the slightest idea where to start with this, so Post ideas in the comment section, and if anyone knows more about where he is from and who to get in touch with, we can figure this all out. We can all spare 40 dollars to mail a mahalo uke to a kid...it is always in the budget...Help me help Ukulele Underground make a difference, ok? deal.

seeso
07-29-2009, 04:53 PM
Alex, great idea.

The first thing you should do is get a 501c3 and become an official non-profit organization.

The reasons for this are myriad. Legitimacy is important. Donations are tax-deductible. It will force you to establish a program and mission and vision statement.

To even be considered for non-profit 501c3 status, you need:


A Mission and Vision statement.


At least 3 board members.

These positions are at least:

Chair
Vice-Chair
Treasurer


A bank account.

Somewhere to hold the donations and grants is essential.

The charities that were listed in Vince's obituary are all in Bristol, VA, so I suggest that you apply for non-profit status in the state of Virginia. Off the top of my head, I know two UU members in VA. Ron<>VA and josuegroundhog.

bornagainjeeper
07-29-2009, 05:07 PM
Alex, great idea.

The first thing you should do is get a 501c3 and become an official non-profit organization.

The reasons for this are myriad. Legitimacy is important. Donations are tax-deductible. It will force you to establish a program and mission and vision statement.

To even be considered for non-profit 501c3 status, you need:


A Mission and Vision statement.


At least 3 board members.

These positions are at least:

Chair
Vice-Chair
Treasurer


A bank account.

Somewhere to hold the donations and grants is essential.

The charities that were listed in Vince's obituary are all in Bristol, VA, so I suggest that you apply for non-profit status in the state of Virginia. Off the top of my head, I know two UU members in VA. Ron<>VA and josuegroundhog.

Yeah....that would be one route...doesn't it cost 1000 bucks to register as a not for profit...definately something to look into, if there is a lawyer or buiseness person around on UU

Would there be any harm in just mailing a bunch of ukes to either a boys and girls club or childrens hospitol that agress to partner with this, and then seeing if we can find a guitar player or hopefully uker in the area to help the kids learn once a week? If they are only 40 dollar ukes i don't know if its worth all the trouble of a NFP org....

I was thinking maybe a fone call to the firedept might be the way to get the ball rolling here...we can get them some press and see if the community will add extra donations once the ball is rolling....

seeso
07-29-2009, 05:26 PM
The first thing you want to do is talk to Vince's family, and see if they're okay with this.

RON<>VA
07-29-2009, 05:37 PM
The first thing you want to do is talk to Vince's family, and see if they're okay with this.

That is what I would suggest also. CG's father and grandfather are both members now on UU. Would be easy to drop them a PM. They may have some good suggestions about how to do this locally in their town-assuming they want to.

bornagainjeeper
07-29-2009, 05:47 PM
That is what I would suggest also. CG's father and grandfather are both members now on UU. Would be easy to drop them a PM. They may have some good suggestions about how to do this locally in their town-assuming they want to.

yes i just found that all out so thats what i'm gunna do! thanks

bbycrts
07-29-2009, 07:39 PM
I saw the Tribute to CaptainGoogle and this tough guy let out a couple tears...I was in the woods when all of this happened so i had no idea until today...(great people always pass on when i'm in the woods...presidents, popes, celebrities...and uke players apperently). Though i didn't know much about Vince, he is all of our brother in the ukulele, so why not do something that only ukulele underground can?

I will need some help organzing and making phone calls...But i propose we send 1 (or more) ukuleles each to an organization in his home town, such as the boys and girls club, or an organization that helped him out...Having a Vince Memorial Ukulele Fund....If we could put a beginner ukulele in the hands of kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity, such as at risk youth, or those with illness i know we can change the world 4 strings at a time. I haven't got the slightest idea where to start with this, so Post ideas in the comment section, and if anyone knows more about where he is from and who to get in touch with, we can figure this all out. We can all spare 40 dollars to mail a mahalo uke to a kid...it is always in the budget...Help me help Ukulele Underground make a difference, ok? deal.

Whatever I can do to help, I'm there.

Jon

HaileISela
07-29-2009, 10:44 PM
and yet another good idea!

At first I thought it would be some sort of a uke fund for people with Muscular dystrophy. but giving ukes to kids in Vince's name (given his family agrees on it) would be nice, too.

SeanKy671
07-29-2009, 10:57 PM
Wow, this is really great..
I didn't have a chance to help with the collab video, but I'd love to see what I can do..
Right now, I'm limited with money. As I am a unemployed high school student.
But what money I have, I want to make some kind of difference.

bornagainjeeper
07-29-2009, 11:04 PM
Wow, this is really great..
I didn't have a chance to help with the collab video, but I'd love to see what I can do..
Right now, I'm limited with money. As I am a unemployed high school student.
But what money I have, I want to make some kind of difference.

as of now the idea would be fairly easy to afford as i'm a poor college students...i think if this is able to happen we could pick a good $40 uke and all purchase that one...that way the kids that would get the ukes would all be getting the same one...you know how kids are...

UkeNinja
07-29-2009, 11:13 PM
How about keeping it simple and staying away from organizing stuff that has to be maintained long-term? The first few posts already show that it will be a rather cumbersome undertaking, even if we keep believing in the great community that is UU.

How about a one-time fundraiser through Paypal or whatever among members and donating that money to a good cause, be it illness-related or uke-related. Actually, if there are any uke-related suggestions that would be great. Or uke programs for sick kids, or something in that line of activity. Just brainstorming here. Funding a school program somewhere could be nice, if you count a basic uke for $40 you could count the donations in "1/8th uke" or $5 to give more people access to donating.

SeanKy671
07-29-2009, 11:18 PM
Well, PM me when you get a good count of members, and when you get this all straightened out. This is a great idea, and I want to help.
If we are looking at 1 ukulele than I agree that it won't be hard to afford. And I'm sure with time we may see more than enough donations.

bornagainjeeper
07-29-2009, 11:19 PM
How about keeping it simple and staying away from organizing stuff that has to be maintained long-term? The first few posts already show that it will be a rather cumbersome undertaking, even if we keep believing in the great community that is UU.

How about a one-time fundraiser through Paypal or whatever among members and donating that money to a good cause, be it illness-related or uke-related. Actually, if there are any uke-related suggestions that would be great. Or uke programs for sick kids, or something in that line of activity. Just brainstorming here. Funding a school program somewhere could be nice, if you count a basic uke for $40 you could count the donations in "1/8th uke" or $5 to give more people access to donating.


lots of good points made...i guess what i ment originally i feel would be the very easiest...If we could get someone in Bristol VA to be the address..and we decide on a place to donate the ukes to, a childrens hospital or what have you...we could all separately buy the ukes and mail them over a month period or so...then the person who we mailed them to could just walk around and hand out ukes and books...it would be mega ideal if we could find a guitar player or better yet a uke player to help the kids once a week...that'd be great but kids learn things fast...a uke in the hand could spark plenty of ukers....

SeanKy671
07-29-2009, 11:27 PM
How about keeping it simple and staying away from organizing stuff that has to be maintained long-term? The first few posts already show that it will be a rather cumbersome undertaking, even if we keep believing in the great community that is UU.

How about a one-time fundraiser through Paypal or whatever among members and donating that money to a good cause, be it illness-related or uke-related. Actually, if there are any uke-related suggestions that would be great. Or uke programs for sick kids, or something in that line of activity. Just brainstorming here. Funding a school program somewhere could be nice, if you count a basic uke for $40 you could count the donations in "1/8th uke" or $5 to give more people access to donating.

UkeNinja has a point.. this could be a cumbersome undertaking.. By the way UkeNinja, those were a great use of words. Either way.. whatever comes out from this, will change our future generations, and make a lot of happy children.

CG's Dad
07-30-2009, 12:02 AM
I think the idea comes from a good place. I'll be happy to research NP regs here in Va, and in Tn (a block away). If anything can be worked out, I think it's a fantastic idea. I've already given jeeper my support, if he can pull it off. The ukulele has become special to me rather quickly; bornagainjeeper, you can copy/paste my story from the PM's if you like; if I had the funds, I would do something like this myself. If anybody is really interested, let us know..

nikolo727
07-30-2009, 12:12 AM
has it really been that long since ive been on? I had no idea. Gosh, I dont know what to say, but rest in peace broh.....im getting worked up just typing it..

olesneaker
07-30-2009, 04:16 AM
OK, I heard from bornagainjeeper about this - and I have some ideas too. I would be happy to set up something here in Bristol - I set up a Motorcycle club a while back, and I think i can do this a lot cheaper than $1K!!
You folks ( ok, I'm one now too, I know...) have so many good ideas!

If seeso's video goes viral, and I think it will, we may be able to do more than we think! All we need is some exposure, and I can get that locally. Then if Matt Lauer calls :shaka:,
who knows... ;)
Anyway, lets go with this! Think big - a youth Uke Club in every town!! ( Did I mention I teach Marketing?)
Thanks again!
Mike

bornagainjeeper
07-30-2009, 07:22 AM
OK, I heard from bornagainjeeper about this - and I have some ideas too. I would be happy to set up something here in Bristol - I set up a Motorcycle club a while back, and I think i can do this a lot cheaper than $1K!!
You folks ( ok, I'm one now too, I know...) have so many good ideas!

If seeso's video goes viral, and I think it will, we may be able to do more than we think! All we need is some exposure, and I can get that locally. Then if Matt Lauer calls :shaka:,
who knows... ;)
Anyway, lets go with this! Think big - a youth Uke Club in every town!! ( Did I mention I teach Marketing?)
Thanks again!
Mike

hahaha now we are talking....from Vinces family we need....
1.) Local exposure if you can get it
2.) An organization you will be giving the ukes too
3.) A volunteer to teach the kids OR we at least need to send a quality uke book

From UU members
1.) We do need to pick a uke that is both inexpensive (i'm shooting for $40...thats where i started) and quite playable...so suggestions suggestions..
2.) IF we can get a distributor to help us get a discount on our ukes...we could either get better ukes for 40...or $40 dollar ukes for 30....either way a bonus
3.) All the love and support i know you have, this idea has been on the table for about 12 hours and its already taking off as well as i expected....

seeso
07-30-2009, 08:46 AM
The Dolphin Makala gets my vote. Much better than the Mahalo.

http://www.discountmusic.com/images/products/detail/MKDBC.jpg

bornagainjeeper
07-30-2009, 09:07 AM
The Dolphin Makala gets my vote. Much better than the Mahalo.

http://www.discountmusic.com/images/products/detail/MKDBC.jpg

allright I definately trust your judgement, does anyone else have a suggestion, or able to second seeso's idea?

Ukulele JJ
07-30-2009, 09:13 AM
allright I definately trust your judgement, does anyone else have a suggestion, or able to second seeso's idea?

Seconded.

I can only vouch for the dolphins as set-up and Aquillified by MGM, but they were fine. Sounded good, fun to play, and kids love the colors. (Not sure what you'd get if you ordered them in bulk from the manufacturer or a wholesaler.)

JJ

bornagainjeeper
07-30-2009, 09:16 AM
Ok good news, I struck a deal with Discount Music Center Orlando florida, they offered us a $40 Makala dolphin uke for $30....hold off on ordering of course until we get all this lined up...but i think so far this is the way to go

dominicfoundthemooon
07-30-2009, 09:42 AM
The Dolphin Makala gets my vote. Much better than the Mahalo.

http://www.discountmusic.com/images/products/detail/MKDBC.jpg

I am not sure.. but I think MGM might be a guy to contact on this...

1. He is a UU memeber and we should throw any BIZ his way we can
2. I think he has these ukes and he sets them up to sound nice
3. He might even be able to beat that price.

Jeeper.. Those are the ukes to go with for sure.. but PM MusicGuyM and see what he thinks...

By the way... i am in on this...

d

bornagainjeeper
07-30-2009, 11:02 AM
I am not sure.. but I think MGM might be a guy to contact on this...

1. He is a UU memeber and we should throw any BIZ his way we can
2. I think he has these ukes and he sets them up to sound nice
3. He might even be able to beat that price.

Jeeper.. Those are the ukes to go with for sure.. but PM MusicGuyM and see what he thinks...

By the way... i am in on this...

d

you know what i realized that as soon as i saw someone mention his name, it slipped my mind, i'll do that right away...

Pippin
07-30-2009, 12:04 PM
I have an Oscar Schmidt OU2e that could be donated to the cause.

UkuleleHill
07-30-2009, 12:13 PM
I love this idea! I can't wait to see what MGM has to say!

Fred Miu
07-30-2009, 12:26 PM
I am not sure.. but I think MGM might be a guy to contact on this...

1. He is a UU memeber and we should throw any BIZ his way we can
2. I think he has these ukes and he sets them up to sound nice
3. He might even be able to beat that price.

Jeeper.. Those are the ukes to go with for sure.. but PM MusicGuyM and see what he thinks...

By the way... i am in on this...

d

Dominic, i liked the idea you shared with me last night about a funding.

mailman
07-30-2009, 01:32 PM
I love the idea of a memorial fundraiser project in honor of Captain Google. If the current ideas don't pan out (although I hope they do), I'd like to offer an idea for "Plan B".

UU already has a killer collaboration tribute video. How about we mail a CD copy of the video, along with a cover letter from us here at UU and a check representing monies we've collected from our members to Jerry Lewis's MDA Telethon. I think it would be money well spent, and folks who run telethons love a personal interest story.

The telethon is Labor Day weekend, which is right around the corner, but far enough down the road for us to collect money from our membership for a donation in Captain Google's memory. This idea could easily be repeated year after year, simply by running another donations campaign at this time of year.

This would also allow members to donate as much or as little as they can afford, and simplify the whole aquisition and distribution of ukuleles problem.

By all means press on with whatever idea works best, and I'll support it 100%! But keep this in mind as an alternative....

itsme
07-30-2009, 02:30 PM
mailman, I like your "Plan B" of a donation in Vincent's name. :)

Of course, I liked "Plan A", too, but the logistics would be much more complicated.

Another option for a donation might be a outfit that helps specific individuals. I remember someone mentioned an article (link (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9483-2004Dec17.html)) about a service dog for Vincent.

CG's Dad
07-30-2009, 03:14 PM
I think both ideas are great! As before, anything I can do, just let me know.

bornagainjeeper
07-30-2009, 04:57 PM
I think both ideas are great! As before, anything I can do, just let me know.

well thinks are moving along well thanks to music guy mike...
CG's dad, do you know of anyone that would be able to teach uke to the kids that recieve it?

HaileISela
07-31-2009, 12:33 AM
what about Ron>VA (sp?) and Josuegroundhog (sp?^^)

CG's Dad
07-31-2009, 04:29 AM
I still need to find somebody to teach me...

hoosierhiver
07-31-2009, 05:27 AM
I'd be happy to order some cheap ukes, Makala or otherwise straight from a factory. It may take a little while to get them in, but I imagine they will be notably cheaper. Let me know.

Ukeffect
07-31-2009, 05:43 AM
Just let me know how I can help...I am still not good enough to play for the tribute, but whatever I can do I will!!
:music:

Ken
08-07-2009, 04:32 PM
I wasn't in the initial planning (nor did I know Captain Google) but I figured this thread could use a bump as it has fallen deep into the archives of Uke Talk.

I'd like to know how I could donate and how plans are going along if you all could please, was interested in how I could've helped =(.

thejumpingflea
08-07-2009, 05:15 PM
What if we get a couple very beginner tutorials going? I know the UU ones are great, but maybe some specifically for this could make things easier for kids to learn?

Ken
08-08-2009, 04:38 PM
What if we get a couple very beginner tutorials going? I know the UU ones are great, but maybe some specifically for this could make things easier for kids to learn?

I've yet to look at nor ask for Uncle Rod Higuchi's "new" way to learn to play the ukulele but maybe we could ask him if the kids could use it (along with CG's dad unless he prefers one-on-one lessons) or if it doesn't seem kid friendly, refit the lessons to make 'em kid friendly. I do think that the aim should be to get a volunteer instructor though and gather them in a class, regardless of what lesson plans are used. The community aspect and the mentor-figure would be lost upon the children (I probably shouldn't refer to them as "children" considering I technically AM one) without the instructor.

There's also the problem of whether the children will be interested at all in a Ukulele or even look at it as a desirable instrument. I don't know too many kids who would know what a Ukulele is. I didn't know what a Ukulele was until my father bought one and told me what it was. The kids who do know what a Ukulele is probably thinks of the Uke as a toy. Maybe the instructor could play for a group of children and show 'em that the Uke CAN be an awesome instrument?