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A Chorus Treasurer’s Eight Key Responsibilities

A Chorus Treasurer’s Eight Key Responsibilities

Dennis Walsh | Finance, Governance

The majority of choruses in North America are all-volunteer organizations, from the singers who give their musical talent to the board members who run the organization. This poses special challenges for the treasurer in safeguarding and managing the finances. Here is a guide to keep your chorus transparent and accountable. Read more

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Give and Get...Gone?

Give and Get...Gone?

Matthew Sigman | Fundraising, Governance, Volunteer

Assembling the ideal board is less about fundraising prowess and more about about balancing the right skills. Read more

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A Strong Brand Is Essential to Success

A Strong Brand Is Essential to Success

Brandon C. Walsh | Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations

A strong brand is no longer just "nice-to-have" for cultural organizations—it's a necessity. It can engender loyalty, create advocates and ambassadors, and, when needed, provide a margin for forgiveness. Here's how to build your master brand. Read more

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Preparing for Your Audit

Preparing for Your Audit

Eric Fraint | Finance, Governance, Operations

There are good reasons to have an audit even if it is not legally required. Audits provide an objective financial view of your organization. A few simple steps can make the process go more smoothly and keep the costs down. Read more

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Leading the Development Committee

Leading the Development Committee

Catherine Dehoney | Fundraising, Governance, Technique/Tool

Have you been asked to serve as the chair of development committee? Here's what you need to know to tackle this important job and ensure the future of your chorus. Read more

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Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

David Styers | Diversity, Governance, Recruitment, Volunteer

Choruses are waking up to the fact that recruiting and nurturing young leaders may be critical to filling a growing nonprofit leadership shortage, especially at the board level. Here's how you can put the unique talents and perspectives of young professionals to work for your chorus—and keep the leadership pipeline full. Read more

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On Broccoli and Strategic Planning

On Broccoli and Strategic Planning

How Chorus America Ate Its Green Vegetables

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning

Most of us react to strategic planning like kids encountering strange green foodstuffs—we don't like it even if it is good for us! Here's how Chorus America tackled the job, and more importantly, why. Read more

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Should Board Members Be Required to Give Money?

Should Board Members Be Required to Give Money?

Matthew Sigman | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Participation

Assembling the ideal board is less about fundraising prowess and more about about balancing the right components. Read more

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You've Reached an Organizational Impasse—Now What?

You've Reached an Organizational Impasse—Now What?

A Children's Chorus Case Study

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Governance, Management/Leadership

A children's chorus manager is at at an impasse in moving her organization forward with the ambitious artistic plans for future growth. Several experts weigh in on how she should proceed. Read more

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Never Ask for Money!

Never Ask for Money!

Four Steps To Greater Fundraising Success

Kelly Ruggirello | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Recruitment

A values-based strategy that aims to match donors with ways that they can give back to their communities—and removes the ego factor that can make fundraising scary. Read more

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Resources

Board Member End-of-Term Questions

Board Member End-of-Term Questions

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool

Use this questionnaire at the end of each board member's term. Read more

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Board Member Agreement

Board Member Agreement

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Sample/Template

This sample shows what a board membert agreement might look like. You can use this for new members or when members renew terms. Read more

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Board Chair Job Description

Board Chair Job Description

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Sample/Template

Use this template to outline the duties associated with your board chair or board president role. Read more

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Articles of Incorporation Template

Articles of Incorporation Template

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use this template as a guide for your chorus. Read more

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Individual Board Member Responsibilities

Individual Board Member Responsibilities

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Governance, Sample/Template

When recruiting new board members and engaging existing board members, it is vital to provide a clear list of individual responsibilities. Use this template as a starting place. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Is your chorus ready for a founder transition? This 9-question quiz will help you determine the answer. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition. Read more

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Events

35th Annual Conference

35th Annual Conference

Minneapolis, MN

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Chorus America's 35th Annual Conference is not to be missed! Featuring performances by nine of Minnesota's premier choruses, a massed youth choir, a morning sing with Garrison Keillor, and keynote speakers Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Melanie de More, among others, this Conference will inspire and educate. Read more

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