Finance

Planned Giving: Opening a Door to Deeper Dialogue and Commitment

Planned giving, also referred to as gift planning or legacy giving, is the act of making a commitment to give a charitable organization a gift, typically as part of a donor’s will or estate plan. It’s something that many choruses are interested in pursuing, but don’t know where to start or worry that the process will be complicated.

Endowment Fundraising: What Every Chorus Needs to Know

It’s important to consider whether endowment fundraising is right for your chorus and to carefully plan before taking the leap.

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2012 report features data from the 2010-2011 season.

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A Chorus Treasurer’s Eight Key Responsibilities

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.

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Preparing for Your Audit

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.

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2011)

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2011 report features data from the 2009-2010 season.

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Fundraising Plan Outline

The most effective choruses plan out their annual fundraising; use this outline as a starting place.

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Budget Template

This Excel spreadsheet template provides a guideline for building a basic budget, including allocating expenses and income across the calendar year.

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Finance Scavenger Hunt

Developed by an executive director, a treasurer, and a lawyer, this handout walks through the basics of sound financial management and how to read financial statements. A great primer for new board members!

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CD or Not CD

On the internet all choruses are equal: Even the smallest ensemble with limited resources can now establish a global presence using digital technology to spread its sound. Here we offer some advice on how to decide which sound format is best for your chorus.

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