Non-Profit Status and Community Outreach

Rigo Murillo said: Jan 21, 2013
Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Rowlett, TX
16 posts

We’d like if teachers and administrators of other U.S. non-profit Suzuki schools in this forum would help us by answering this question:

What performing and/or teaching community outreach activities do you do to keep your non-profit status in good standing?

You can be as brief and concise or as in-depth as you wish. Any help and insight will be appreciated.

Our school has been a 501(c)3 non-profit institution for years. We want to be able to carry on our teaching duties and also comply with community outreach guidelines set by the IRS, as well as a good standing for getting grants to help students. At the same time, we want to keep our quality of instruction and focused teaching at its highest levels.

We would appreciate your assistance very much!

Thanks!

Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Strings Specialist—Violin
Dallas, TX

Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Strings Specialist

Merietta Oviatt said: Jan 22, 2013
Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

I am an adjunct board member for a non-profit music school. We do quite a few things to keep within the guidelines as well as do what we can to give back to the community.

1- We offer a number of various scholarships, one being a full tuition waiver, to deserving students. They must submit their financial information, but it is also based on their progress, participation in school activities, etc… Each of our teacher takes one student at a reduced rate for the other partial scholarships.

2- We offer 3 community concerts every year. Winter, spring, summer. The summer concert is only solo pieces and is done in the local library facilities (many will offer their facilities for free if the concert is free to the public) and is a Cinco de Mayo theme, the spring is at a local retirement community (they allow us to invite family and friends as well), and we rent a church for the big Christmas concert (reduced rate as they are able to hold a Christmas concert for their parishoners).

3- Once every five years we take our advanced orchestra on a tour. These have included going to the next town over (cheaper and shorter), all the way to playing at Carnegie Hall in New York (longer and expensive). We do all kinds of fundraisers for this within the community, which also gets our name out to the community.

4- Our teachers are all required to provide book graduations for all students. There are times when a couple students finish at the same time—so they may combine recitals. These are all held at our school and are advertised in the community calendar of the newspaper, so they are open to the public.

5- We bring master teachers and/or performing groups to the community every year. All performances and master classes are open to the public. We allow a certain number of school students to participate in the master classes along with our students.

This is the standard. Every year there may be a few variations. This school is about 15 years old, struggles with money like every other 501c3, but is going VERY strong!

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
www.uwsp.edu/suzuki
www.merietta.com
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Rigo Murillo said: Jan 23, 2013
Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Rowlett, TX
16 posts

Thanks, Merietta! Your information is very helpful to us. We have a similar schedule of outreach activities and want to expand to more in the future. If you know more program administrators who may want to contribute with information of what they do, please feel free to let them know of this forum.

Thank you so much!

Rigo

Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Strings Specialist

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