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Empower Your Board for Fundraising Success

Empower Your Board for Fundraising Success

Susan Howlett | Fundraising, Management/Leadership

A clear development strategy turns reluctant board members into inspired fundraisers. Read more

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10 Articles to Jumpstart Your Chorus's Year-End Fundraising

10 Articles to Jumpstart Your Chorus's Year-End Fundraising

Lauren Rosenthal | Fundraising

Turning leaves and the appearance of pumpkin lattes mean that fall is just around the corner—which means it's time to start thinking about your chorus's end-of-year fundraising campaign. But where do you begin? Here is a collection of articles from around the web to help you get started, as well as some Chorus America resources to inform your fundraising all year long. Read more

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How the Minnesota Chorale Bounced Back from an Orchestra Shutdown

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Symphonic

What happens when a long-time relationship with an orchestra goes away—taking with it a third of your organization's income?  Shock, dismay, and then a determination to rally around your core mission. Read more

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E-Marketing for Your Chorus: Helpful Links

E-Marketing for Your Chorus: Helpful Links

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

E-marketing isn't a new trend, but, done correctly, it can be a key part of your chorus's communications program. Whether you are just beginning to experiment with email campaigns or looking to refresh your current marketing plan, these resources from around the web will help you get started.   Read more

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The Power of Many: Crowdfunding for Choruses

The Power of Many: Crowdfunding for Choruses

Liza Beth | Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Social Media, Technology

Choruses are finding crowdfunding success, from raising money for specific projects to participating in community giving events. Read more

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Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Plug the words “choir videos” into your search engine and you’ll get an astounding number of links (Google found 112,000,000. Yes, million.) Is your chorus among them? It could be—and more easily than you may think. Chorus America asked several choruses to tell us how they are making video a key part of their marketing strategy. Read more

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Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition II

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition II

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part II of this two-part series explores how the chorus exponentially increased its development efforts and shares "words to the wise" learned through experience. Read more

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Endowment Fundraising: What Every Chorus Needs to Know

Endowment Fundraising: What Every Chorus Needs to Know

Catherine Dehoney | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Operations

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

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Hope and Hard Work: Government Support of the Arts in the U.S.

Hope and Hard Work: Government Support of the Arts in the U.S.

Ann Meier Baker | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Government/Policy, History, Impact/Value, Research/Data

During campaign season, "government support" comes up often as a discussion topic. As the U.S. approaches its November election, it feels like an appropriate time to remind ourselves about how government support applies to the arts. Here are some thoughts from Chorus America to get you started. Read more

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10 Tips for Engaging Your Board

10 Tips for Engaging Your Board

Don Lee | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

It's really the staff's job to position the board to do their best work―and most of that boils down to excellent communication and clarity of expectations. Read more

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Resources

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2011)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2011)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

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. Read more

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Fundraising Plan Outline

Fundraising Plan Outline

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Fundraising, Operations, Sample/Template

The most effective choruses plan out their annual fundraising; use this outline as a starting place. 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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Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Sample/Template

Writing grant proposals or even a simple appeal letter is always a challenge. These sample paragraphs may help you as you are trying to "make the case" for your chorus. Read more

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Fundraising from Individuals Webinar

Fundraising from Individuals Webinar

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Governance, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Chorus America presents data on the current state of philanthropy and provides guidance on building a strong individual donor base. (PowerPoint slides available separately.) Read more

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Fundraising from Individuals

Fundraising from Individuals

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Governance, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Slides from Chorus America's webinar on ways to build your individual donor base. (Webinar available separately.) Read more

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Fundraising: Getting To and Making the Ask

Fundraising: Getting To and Making the Ask

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Technique/Tool

Paul Hogle, Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, addresses strategies to successfully cultivate individual donors in this PowerPoint presentation, originally given at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Russell Willis ... | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership

A speech by Russell Willis Taylor of National Arts Strategies that addresses ways to turn times of organizational and environmental crisis into growth and creative thinking opportunities. Delivered at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Economic Impact Study (2009)

Economic Impact Study (2009)

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Fundraising, Innovation, Operations, Research/Data

Member choruses reported on the impact of the recession on their financial and organizational outlook in a brief survey conducted in 2009. Read more

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Events

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

The Collegiate Chorale’s Spring 2015 Benefit

881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

emilymt | Awards, Fundraising, Performance

The Collegiate Chorale will hold its Spring Benefit, featuring the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2015. The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum. The performance will commence at 7:00pm in the Stern Auditorium, with a seated dinner and dessert with the artists in the Rohatyn Room immediately following the concert. A live auction with a few select items will follow the dinner, led by Steve Rosen. All net proceeds will go toward The Chorale’s artistic and education initiatives. Dress is festive. Benefit tickets are $500 - $1,500, and tables are $5,000 - $15,000. Details are available at collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events. For more information, please contact Selena Lavonier at slavonier@collegiatechorale.org or 646.435.9052.   Read more

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Kantorei Golf Outing

Kantorei Golf Outing

2600 Gustafson Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008

Kantorei | Fundraising

Forms to sign up to golf or sponsor the event will be available soon. Please call 815-963-2544, email posborne@kantorei.com or visit our web site www.kantorei.com for more information. Read more

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Concert For Peace: Fallen Heroes Concert

Concert For Peace: Fallen Heroes Concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Come hear Katherine Hughes, violinist, the HAWK String Quartet (Carol Kalvonjian, violinist, Benton Wedge, violist, and Jill Kaeding, cello), Gary Wendt, organist, Jade Maze, jazz vocalist, and the rhythm section of Kent Wehman, Ken Haebich, and Neal Wehman, with a special appearance by the Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir, in a concert exploring the theme of peace on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3:00pm at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm Street (at Glenview Road) in Glenview. Listen to and sing along with songs about peace, with a variety of styles and ensembles from traditional to contemporary.  There will be a free will offering to benefit Hands of Peace (www.handsofpeace.org). This concert is part of the Simple Gift Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church. The Glenview Community Church is handicap accessible and has plenty of free onsite parking.  It is 3 blocks west of the Glenview Metra North train station.  The Glenview Community Church is an open and affirming congregation. Visit http://www.gccmusic.org or call 847-724-2210 for more information.   Read more

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An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

An Evening Celebrating Alan Harler

Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Schkeeper | Fundraising, General, Profile

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia invites you to join us for an evening celebrating Alan Harler Read more

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Broadway Cabaret II

Broadway Cabaret II

4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940

Harmonium Chora... | Fundraising

Please join us for the second annual Harmonium Choral Society Broadway Cabaret Fundraiser, back by popular demand.  Harmonium members with a passion and talent for musical theatre will perform songs from Hammerstein and Kern to Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Lippa; the repertoire swings from hilarious to stirring.  This is a night of music that promises to rival anything you may hear on the other side of the Hudson.  Don't miss it! Read more

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Acappellago presents In Nature's Realm

Acappellago presents In Nature's Realm

Wheaton, IL

acappellago | Fundraising

  Acappellago announces that on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm, it will present its seventh biennial benefit recital and silent auction. This year’s musical theme is “In Nature’s Realm.” Read more

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Rising Broadway Star Set to Perform for Chorale Bel Canto’s A Night on Broadway Fundraiser

Rising Broadway Star Set to Perform for Chorale Bel Canto’s A Night on Broadway Fundraiser

718 East Rd, La Habra Heights, CA 90631

Johnnie Goolsby | Fundraising

  Chorale Bel Canto is delighted to welcome Andrew Samonsky as the headliner at their fundraiser on February 7, 2015 at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, California. The cost for the event will be $80.00 per person and covers an elegant evening of dinner and entertainment.     Read more

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SA Choral Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day-2"

SA Choral Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day-2"

230 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Season 49 finalé featuring music and poetry, both ancient and new. Read more

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SA Choral Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day”

SA Choral Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day”

285 Oblate Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Season 49 finalé featuring music and poetry, both ancient and new. Read more

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