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Charity Build

Postby Kurt Veltman » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:24 pm

Ok folks, has anyone out there built an instrument to be donated to a charity? Did you fund the entire thing yourself, or did you have help (underwriters?) covering the cost of materials and components?
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Bob Gramann » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:52 pm

I did one for a charity auction supporting a River protection group. I build it with wood recovered from a destroyed crib dam on the river. I funded it myself, charging it to my advertising budget. I got a lot of good publicity from the effort. And, it resulted in a pretty nice guitar. Every now and then, I run in to the happy purchaser.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Bryan Bear » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:15 pm

I made an uke once for charity and funded it myself which is not a big deal for an uke since much of the wood was off-cuts. The next time, it will likely be a guitar. I will probably fund it myself but I may seek donations for items to be in the package like lessons from a local music shop, strap, case, tuner and/or books. It will be in a raffle rather than auction so this type of thing might encourage non-guitar players to buy tickets thus raising the yield for the charity.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Kurt Veltman » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:16 pm

Here's my problem...I can't afford to cover this whole thing. I have been given $100 by an individual to buy components and parts, but I need about another $300. I have contacted a few businesses (vendors) with the hope that they will donate various items (tuners, pickups, bridge etc). So far, no luck.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Peter Wilcox » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:29 pm

I've donated a guitar to a charity auction (animal shelter) at my own expense, but I don't depend on lutherie for income, and it only costs me a couple hundred bucks or less in materials to build them. I'm retired, so my time is worthless.

Kurt - maybe someone associated with the charity could find some other donors to help out. Emphasize that you are donating your time and knowledge, but need some help with the expense of materials.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Kurt Veltman » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:12 pm

Peter, the gentleman who started the organization is actually the one who gave me the $100 for parts, and we have had conversations about the expense of this. Incidentally, this is to fund research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Bob Shanklin » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:08 am

A friend in Calgary did a build to be raffled by the Alberta Humane Society, which is the same as the US ASPCA. Several members of Mario's Luthierforum donated various parts for the project. If I remember correctly, it raised around 3K at the raffle. He did a second one last year out of his own pocket for the same charity.

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Re: Charity Build

Postby Bryan Bear » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:35 pm

Does the research foundation have a standard letter that it uses when soliciting donations that explains the charity, it's no prophet status and all that jazz? The charity I am with does. It helps to respectfully approach business owners in person, explain what you are trying to accomplish and leave them with the letter. Often local businesses will donate items knowing their name will be associated with the fundraiser. I would try local music stores who sell parts and upgrades. They may donate parts and eat that cost as advertising, especially so if they offer lessons. You will likely have to be flexible in what pickups tuners and whatnot that you get.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby David King » Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:43 pm

Prophet-free charities are always easier to work with... <g>

The other motivation for a business to donate to 501-c3 status organizations is that their "in-kind"or cash donation is fully tax-deductible.
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Re: Charity Build

Postby Randolph Rhett » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:53 am

I've built for two different charity auctions. On one they bought the wood for me (raw lumber, not finished "sets"). A $40 stick of EIR and about the same in 4/4 maple. I paid for the truss rod and tuners. On the first one it was a true donation from me.
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