SACRAMENTO GUITAR SOCIETY

Promote, Share & Celebrate the Art of the Guitar

aka SGS   |   Folsom, CA   |  www.sacguitarsociety.org

Mission

The Sacramento Guitar Society's Mission is to promote, share and celebrate the art of the guitar and its music by providing education and performance opportunities to people of diverse cultures, ages, abilities, and economic means.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Mrs. Sandra Strautman

Main address

PO Box 621

Folsom, CA 95763 USA

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EIN

59-3777305

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The organization needs to dedicate marketing and public relations in order to become better-known in the community. We have not had much funds to spend on this because we have prioritized our charitable programs such as the year-round guitar instruction program for disadvantaged youth. To address this problem, in 2017, we applied for and were awarded a grant specifically for Marketing & PR. At the time of this writing we are negotiating rates with a well-known PR firm in the Sacramento area.

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?

School Outreach

The Sacramento Guitar Society has been bringing world-class guitarists to schools since 2011. Students around the county have met and been thrilled by artists from China, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Bosnia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia and the United States. SGS also uses professional guitarists and ensembles from northern California, and especially in the Sacramento region. SGS outreach has touched approximately 8,000 students. Below are two special moments from our outreach program.
Russian flamenco guitarist Grisha Goryachev performed at a Rancho Cordova middle school with a large Russian speaking population. During the concert, he spoke Russian to the students, and got a big ovation. He then translated to the class in English. His message was to stay in school and obey your teachers.
Artist Johannes Muller performed at Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary to play for the assembly, which included a class of deaf/hard of hearing children. A signer interpreted his words, and his performance was captured in vibrations on a balloon held by a totally deaf girl in the front row.
SGS hopes to inspire more children to both enjoy the guitar and consider playing the instrument. While some schools either have guitar classes or have households that can afford lessons for their children, many of the low income schools we visit have neither. SGS wanted to change this, and we are working to provide opportunities for all (as our Mission states).

Population(s) Served

We believe every child should have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, regardless of their family’s income status. That’s why in 2019, we began a new program called “Strum For Fun Struminars” at five Sacramento Public Libraries. Our goal was to bring FREE weekly guitar classes to underserved youth whose parents cannot afford music lessons for their children. In its first week, we had 57 children between 8-18. The classes have grown each week. While the program is initially funded by the California Arts Council’s Youth Arts Action Grant Program, we can continue it with your donations. Music Education is a social equalizer and it builds analytical skills along with giving children a sense of accomplishment.

Population(s) Served

The Sacramento Guitar Society hosts two community guitar orchestras, one in Sacramento, CA and another in Davis, CA. There are two levels in each city, a beginner, and an intermediate/advanced. Participation in the Community Guitar Orchestra is free for particpants of all ages. Donations are accepted to help offset the costs, but completely optional. .
The Sacramento Community Guitar Orchestra and the Davis Community Guitar Orchestra are inclusive and fun activities for anyone. They offer an opportunity for students to develop their musical and reading skills.

Population(s) Served

The Sacramento Guitar Society hosts major community concerts held at professional venues. International guitar artists are invited to the Sacramento Area to perform to an eager and supportive audience. Tickets are sold to the public, ranging from $25-$55, and any surplus generated is saved and used for our charitable programs, including the Year-Round Guitar Instruction for Disadvantaged Youth, the School Outreach and our Community Guitar Orchestra Programs. Two goals are to maintain high quality concert artists, and to reach new audiences. Since 2010-11, the 92 seat Folsom venue has averaged 87 persons per concert (artist play two concerts). Over the past several years, SGS just sold out a 200-seat event four times at a larger theatre at the Harris Center. Concerts are held in fall and spring in this venue.

Population(s) Served

The Sacramento Guitar Society collects unwanted guitars from the community and repairs donated guitars at no cost with by own luthier/member. High-value guitars (as assessed by the luthier) are sold and the proceeds are utilized for purchase or ½-size and ¾-size guitars for younger students. With the help of Dimple Records, SGS expects more donations this year. All donated guitars are either used in our Year-Round Guitar Instruction for Disadvantaged Youth or re-donated to other non-profit guitar programs.

Population(s) Served

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.

Number of Guitar Donations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strum For Fun “Struminars” at Public Libraries

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We collect unwanted guitars from the community and use them for our Year-round Guitar Education for Disadvantaged Youth.

Fiscal Health of SGS as measured by Increase in Equity on Balance Sheet

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Data provided if from our Balance Sheet Total Equity. Our Fiscal Year is July 1 to July 30. The year shown is representative of the start of the Fiscal Year (e.g. 2016 is 7/1/16 - 6/30/17).

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Professional Guitar Concerts

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, we were awarded 3 grants from the California Arts Council and two from SacMetArtsComm, and one from WESTAF/National Endowment for the Arts

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strum For Fun “Struminars” at Public Libraries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

IN 2016/2017, SGS was the fiscal sponsor of a third party to deliver this programs. In 2018, the third party became their own nonprofit organization, so our numbers dropped as we began a new program.

Cost per scholarship per class for Guitar Instruction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A Sacramento guitar Society offers scholarships to disadvantaged youth. This cost is for 10 weeks.

Number of guitar requests from teachers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sacramento guitar Society collects unwanted guitarist from the public and donates it to schools that are starting a new music programs.

Total number of open rehearsals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Guitar Orchestra

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, with grant funding from the SacMetArts Comm, we expanded Community Guitar Orchestra to two levels, and we also opened 2 new levels (beginner/Intermediate) in the City of Davis, CA.

Number of Schools Served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total Monetary Donations for purchase of 1/2 and 1/4 size guitars

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Guitar Collection & Donation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

a) DOUBLE OUR CAPACITY YEAR-ROUND GUITAR INSTRUCTION in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

b) INCREASE OUR COMMUNITY GUITAR ORCHESTRA PROGRAM by 25% with support for adding more members, especially students currently sponsored through our guitar scholarships.

c) SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER CONCERTS on April 21, 2018

d) DOUBLE SCHOOL OUTREACH - Double the number of schools we visit with artistic educational programs.

e) ADDITIONAL GRANTS - Obtain three more substantial grants including program and general support.

f) UPDATE OUR WEBSITE to more modern day look and feel, including access from mobile platforms

g) INCREASE OUR MEMBERS - We would like to double our members from 150 to 300 in 2 years!

h) FULLY CONFORM TO GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES OF BOARDSOURCE to enhance our standing in the nonprofit world and thereby increase our ability to acquire additional grants.

a) DOUBLE OUR CAPACITY YEAR-ROUND GUITAR INSTRUCTION – Our strategy is two-fold: 1) we need to expand for demand, and therefore visibility of the program. We plan to engage with our local cities' Parks & Recreation departments to offer our programs through their channels to the community 2) we need to obtain more grants so that we can underwrite the cost of expansion. Our strategy is to double our grant-writing efforts, se item (e) below.

b) INCREASE OUR COMMUNITY GUITAR ORCHESTRA PROGRAM by 25% – We plan on increasing our guitar orchestra membership by engaging with the parents of the Year-Round Guitar Instruction program and encouraging them to enroll their child(children) into the Guitar Orchestra Program. This is a natural evolution that we envision for our participants of our Year-Round Guitar Instruction program

c) SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER CONCERTS – Our strategy for successfully hosting these major concerts is to carefully plan events, vigorously promote the events in the community and execute flawlessly. We have had a solid track record for hosting these major concerts, and we need to continue our efforts to ensure success of all future events.

d) DOUBLE SCHOOL OUTREACH – Our strategy for doubling the School Outreach program is two-fold. First we have to ensure that engage with top-rated musicians and solicit their participation in the events and second, we have to increase our contact with local schools to schedule these events. We plan to ask for assistance from our members to help us make additional phone calls to coordinate.

e) ADDITIONAL GRANTS – Our strategy for acquiring additional grants is to DOUBLE our new grant submittals in 2017. This is critical to our ability to underwrite the Year-Round Guitar Instruction program. In the past 2 years, we applied to 20 grants (avg 10 grants per year), and were awarded 3. In this upcoming year, we plan on submitting at least 40 grants (quadruple our past average).

f) UPDATE OUR WEBSITE – Our strategy for updating our website is to obtain at least three quotes from various companies and begin the process of transforming our existing site into a more professional and mobile-friendly website.

g) INCREASE OUR MEMBERS - We would like to double our members from 150 to 300 in 2 years! Our plan is to work with our local music stores to engage with anyone who purchases a guitar to offer them a free membership to our organization for the 1st year, hoping that they will renew their membership because they thought it is a worthy organization to belong to.

h) FULLY CONFORM TO GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES OF BOARDSOURCE – Our strategy is to implement the Governance Principles outlined in www.boardsource.org's website is to form a subcommittee of board members to review the principles, determine areas where we need improvements and/or compliance and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

a) DOUBLE OUR CAPACITY YEAR-ROUND GUITAR INSTRUCTION – We are fully capable of engaging with local cities' Parks & Recreation departments to expand our Year-Round Guitar Instruction program. Also, we are fully capable of doubling our grant-writing efforts with the new proprietary grants management database that was created by our newest board member, Lili Williams. Her database allows for handling the many deadlines and activities required for many foundations simultaneously. The system allows for generating reports and tracking all activities, as well as the ability to set ALARMS for necessary steps.


b) INCREASE OUR COMMUNITY GUITAR ORCHESTRA PROGRAM by 25% – We have the capability of engaging with the parents of our existing Year-Round Guitar Instruction Program students, but we need additional steady funding for promoting the Guitar Orchestra in general, perhaps in local newspapers, radio stations and media.

c) SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER CONCERTS – We have the capability to plan and execute, but we need additional revenues for promoting the events in order to ensure adequate attendance and profitability

d) DOUBLE SCHOOL OUTREACH – We have the capability to engage with to-rated musicians to solicit their participation in our outreach events, and we also have the capability to contact local schools to schedule these events. We only need to make an effort to engage with our members to get them involved in contacting local schools.

e) ADDITIONAL GRANTS – We have the capability of quadrupling our grant-writing efforts, thanks to a new database system designed by our newest board member, Lili Williams. She has committed to applying to at least 40 grants this upcoming year, up from an average of 10 per year.

f) UPDATE OUR WEBSITE – While we have the capability to obtain bids from various web developers to update our website, we do not have the funding for this critical and visible expense in our budget. We are desperately in need of funding, at least $5,000 to fully revamp our website. While this is a critical project, we cannot divert our limited funds to this effort at this time.

g) FULLY CONFORM TO GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES OF BOARDSOURCE – We are fully capable of becoming fully compliant to the Governance Principles outlined by BoardSource in this coming year. The Board has already assigned a sub-committee to review the principles and make

a) DOUBLE OUR CAPACITY YEAR-ROUND GUITAR INSTRUCTION –1) We have already opened dialog with the Carmichael Parks and Recreation department and they are very enthusiastic about our potential partnership to offer Guitar Education to thru their marketing channels to our community. 2) In the past 3 months, we have either submitted a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), responded to a past inquiry, and/or applied to over 20 unique foundations. We feel confident in our ability to apply to at least 40 foundations by the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2017.

b) INCREASE OUR COMMUNITY GUITAR ORCHESTRA PROGRAM by 25% – We have not made much progress on this due to the Holidays. We plan on completing this task in the months of January and February 2017.

c) SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER CONCERTS – We have made significant progress on hosting the Muriel Anderson Concert on January 7, 2017. Once that concert is complete, we will begin additional plans for the “Festival of Four" concert, scheduled for March 25, 2017.

d) DOUBLE SCHOOL OUTREACH – This is an on-going activity that requires weekly efforts. We need to engage with our members and request volunteers to assist with this program.

e) ADDITIONAL GRANTS – We have made significant progress on increasing our grant applications. In the past 3 months, we have either submitted a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), responded to a past inquiry, and/or applied to over 20 unique foundations. We feel confident in our ability to apply to at least 40 foundations by the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2017.

f) UPDATE OUR WEBSITE – We have already obtained one estimate for updating our website. We need to obtain additional bids and acquire some additional funding for this project.

g) FULLY CONFORM TO GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES OF BOARDSOURCE – We have passed a board resolution to conform to the Governance Principles of Board Source. In addition, the board has assigned a sub-committee to work on recommendations to the board. We currently meet 5 out of the 8 Essential Practices, and the 3 that we do not meet, we have already begun the process of establishing the appropriate documents and practices. In addition, we currently meet 9 out of the 16 Leadership practices, with active progress on the other 6 areas. We also meet 2 out of the 5 compliance practices, with progress on documenting existing practices on the other 3 principles that are currently in place, but undocumented.

Financials

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

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SACRAMENTO GUITAR SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sandra Strautman

Jay Reynolds

Self Employed

James Banach

Retired

John Reynolds

Retired

Daniel Radu

Sacramento Area Schools

Robert Ferguson

Retired

Michael Miller

Self Employec

Lili Williams

Intel Corp./OSC Computer Training (Retired)

Sandra Strautman

Retired Music Teacher

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