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UKULELE KIDS CLUB INC

Music Heals

Lakeland, FL   |  www.theukc.org

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Mission

We seek to improve the well-being of medically fragile children. Through ukuleles and the support of music therapy, we give the gift of music for life.

Ruling year info

2014

Board Chair

Marlen Rodriguez-Wolfe

Main address

PO Box 7

Lakeland, FL 33802 USA

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EIN

46-4301063

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year over 3 million children are hospitalized in the United States alone. These children face physical, emotional, social, and mental challenges due to their medical treatment and the interruption in their typical development. Music Therapy has been shown to provide support across all domains of childhood development, especially in medical settings across a variety of diagnoses. We aim to increase the number of children that receive music therapy through our fellowship program and facilitate the use of music for wellbeing by donating an easy-to-learn instrument that is theirs to keep. The goal is that children become active participants in their wellness practice; that they can learn to cope with treatments and the side effects of their diagnosis through music. In order to ensure these benefits continue at home, we implement online programs called UKC AT HOME to accompany children on this path of wellness through music.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MUSIC THERAPY

Ukuleles are donated to children's hospitals for music therapy programs. The children are sent home with the instruments as gifts of music "for life."

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

MUSIC THERAPY

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of chronically ill patients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

MUSIC THERAPY

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of children who receive a ukulele to take home.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our ongoing goal is to help medically fragile children who might benefit from music therapy to have the opportunity of implementing music for wellness, by donating our ukuleles to pediatric hospitals and other treatment centers. Our long-term goal is to develop partnerships with every pediatric hospital with a music therapy program in the United States. Another long-term goal is to make sure the children who receive our donations experience a continuum of care, from the medical setting into the home setting by way of our UKC AT HOME program. Medical research shared by the American Music Therapy Association reports that music provides significant therapeutic benefits: assisting with pain management, decreasing the anxiety of hospitalization, and providing emotional support during medical procedures. The Ukulele Kids Club's programs are uniquely well-suited to share the benefits of music with children receiving the ukuleles by way of our affiliate music therapy programs.

To help kids cope, the UKC donates ukuleles to music therapists working in children's hospitals, treatment centers, outpatient clinics, community centers, and other places where medically fragile kids are found. The ukulele is the perfect instrument for this work: it is small, easy to play, and, are safe for use in a medical environment. Music therapists teach the kids how to apply music for wellness. The child is able to engage in an activity that allows them to cope with the treatment and express themselves creatively. The kids can even take the ukuleles home as gifts of music for life. To establish partnerships with pediatric hospitals, we have worked to increase the visibility of the Ukulele Kids Club, through mainstream media (news segments, newspaper and magazine articles), through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), and by word-of-mouth. Through strategic partnerships with passionate changemakers in the music industry, we aim to expand our network and invite those who understand the power of music, into our organization.

Going on its 8th year of operations, the Ukulele Kids Club has a strong and broad foundation of support. Our Board of Directors is staffed by 10 volunteers with experience in the areas of business, music, music therapy, education, and hospital administration. Day-to-day operations are overseen by Marlén Rodriguez Wolfe, Music Therapist & CEO, with the assistance of a Social Media Director, an IT Director, and additional administrative support. Community music groups and individual volunteers, total well over 100 participants around the country, are actively involved in sponsoring fundraising events and outreach efforts on behalf of the Ukulele Kids Club. We have several corporate sponsors who have generously supported our work with financial or in-kind contributions. We are also working to engage the interest of celebrity sponsors to help increase our visibility.

The Ukulele Kids Club's partnerships with hospitals have continued to grow at a rapid pace, so rapid that, at times, it is difficult to keep up with the demand. We started out with two hospitals in the Miami area. We now partner with 270 hospitals around the country. The accomplishments of the Ukulele Kids Club, even in this short amount of time, have been nationally recognized. In April 2015, we were featured in a Nightly News segment with Peter Alexander, which demonstrates the broad appeal of our mission and project. In April 2016, Corey was invited to be a TED Talk speaker (Coconut Grove), sharing the UKC's story through the very popular TED Talk venue. The value of our program has also been recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. At their Annual Conference in 2018, our founder Corey Bergman was honored with the AMTA Advocate of the Year Award for his contributions to raising awareness for music therapy.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UKULELE KIDS CLUB INC

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Bales

Jay Lichty

Henry Ristuccia

Marln Rodriguez-Wolfe

Stephanie Epstein

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.