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Old 02-12-2020, 04:55 AM   #1
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Default Using up a memorial fund

I have just been posed this question, and I didn't have any brilliant ideas off hand.


A charitable society here in London has around £500 remaining in an account of funds raised to memorialise a chap who died a good few years ago - a piper amongst other things.


The obvious things have been done already - a trophy has been donated for an annual competition, and donations made to various places.



So the question is, how would you spend this money on piping in a way that would further this person's memory? Off the wall ideas are very much encouraged!
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:09 AM   #2
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A Piper stained glass window in whatever Pub...or church ....he was carried out of?

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Old 02-12-2020, 09:28 AM   #3
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Whatever you do, check that it complies with the charities objectives (as declared on the return made to the Charities Commission both at the date the fund commenced and at the date you are intending to close the fund) and also with any conditions placed upon the bequest or reasons stated if/when donations were collected.
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:33 AM   #4
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How about working with a maker to produce a set of memorial pipes to be loaned to the most promising young piper in your jurisdiction every three years (or so). The pipes could have a shield identifying the chap being remembered and someone (maybe the pipe band society) would have to agree to choose the recipient every few years.

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Old 02-12-2020, 10:36 AM   #5
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Whatever you do, check that it complies with the charities objectives (as declared on the return made to the Charities Commission both at the date the fund commenced and at the date you are intending to close the fund) and also with any conditions placed upon the bequest or reasons stated if/when donations were collected.
Absolutely! Non-profits, at least in our jurisdiction, must be transparent on their activities, including where funds go.

That said, a long-time member of our band died last year. We decided to create a trophy to be handed out at the Portland Highland Games (I don't recall, but it might be to the aggregate winner in Grade 4...or some grade). So that it's not an ongoing expense, the trophy is an 'eternal' memorial, with each year's winner engraved.
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:15 AM   #6
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A collection, dedicated to the deceased, of the classic and some new piping books at the local public library? That way, area pipers would have a music resource center nearby.
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:47 AM   #7
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There’s a charity that started here in the States called “The Epic Project” that has now gone global whose purpose is to outfit young pipers, drummers, and dancers with high quality kit that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. It could go towards that (or something similar) to keep helping the piping and drumming world.
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El Gaitero and Kevin great suggestions.

Along the lines of Kevin, you could also have a prize for the most outstanding prospect, gift a voucher or a book, something beneficial but small so that the fund will roll on for years to come?

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Old 02-13-2020, 07:29 AM   #9
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Perhaps a scholarship for piping lessons tuition, workshop attendance, or attendance at a piping school for some promising young piper? Or a composition contest with the winning tune to be dedicated to the deceased?
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