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Software that Sings

Software that Sings

Choosing the Right Software for Your Chorus

Dan Rivas | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Technique/Tool, Technology

The right process can save your organization a lot of time and money as you select new software. But how do you get started? Read more

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How to Build a Development Committee that Rocks!

How to Build a Development Committee that Rocks!

Cortlandt Fengler | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership

The viability of every nonprofit chorus depends on the success of its development committee and the effectiveness of the committee chair. With so much riding on this work, how should the board arrange its priorities? Maybe not in the way you’d expect. Read more

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Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Mike Rowan | Careers, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Profile

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit for December and spoke to a Chorus America donor, Michael Pettry, executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, who has also been known to be generous with his time and talents. President & CEO Catherine Dehoney spoke to Michael about his latest work with the Symphonic Choir and what inspires him to give. Read more

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Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Chorus America Staff | Awards, Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Operations

Three funders share their do’s and don’ts for successful grant applications.   Read more

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Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value

Each month, Chorus America has been profiling one of our members in our new Meet A Member series. For December, to mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit and interviewed one of Chorus America's long-time donors: Greg Funfgeld, artistic director of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Read more

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Funding in the Future

Funding in the Future

Crowdfunding is the way of the future, so start making it part of your development efforts now.

Danny Ozment | Audiences, Fundraising, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

I am not an expert at fundraising in the traditional sense. As a recovering choral conductor who became a recording engineer, I’ve never held a fundraising position for any arts nonprofit organization. I did, however, spend 10 years working for two symphonic choruses with budgets of over $1 million and administrative staffs of less than five people. Like many of us, I’ve gotten an on-the-job crash course in fundraising and patron cultivation. Read more

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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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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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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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Resources

Fundraising Plan

Fundraising Plan

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

Use this fundraising plan template to build overall goals for your organization and to clarify specific goals for foundation, government, corporate, and individual funding.  Read more

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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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Events

Jazz in the Key of Joy

Jazz in the Key of Joy

Phoenix, Arizona

Carolyn Eynon | Fundraising

Vocal Jazz Cabaret Concert featuring solos and ensemble Jazz at the Phoenix Zoo on May 5, 2013. Wine and Hors D'eurves served at 4;00pm. contact www.carolyneynonsingers.com tickets $30 Read more

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SA Choral Society presents The Choral Works of Brahms

SA Choral Society presents The Choral Works of Brahms

205 James St., Boerne, TX 78006 & 227 W. Woodlawn Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing

This season we are proud to be a part of the 2013 Brahms Festival, sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony. Read more

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Sing For Their Supper Concert

Sing For Their Supper Concert

1000 Elm Street, Glenview, IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing

A mid-winter concert to shake off the chill!  To benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry.  Come enjoy solo voices performing music from the Sally Clonts Memorial Music Library, Bill Dawson playing bassoon, a vocal octet, two selections by the Chancel Choir, directed by Stephen Blackwelder - even a Sing Along Sound of Music! Read more

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BACHday Bash 2013

BACHday Bash 2013

Pittsburgh, PA

BriGuySinger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Fundraising, General, History, Impact/Value, Venue

We hope you can join us as the Bach Choir celebrates its 78th season with scrumptious food & superb libations, an exciting silent auction, and a grand new venue - the historically restored Mansions on Fifth Hotel. All proceeds will benefit the Choir as it continues to present unique and dramatic choral productions. Read more

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Columbia Pro Cantare Singathon

Columbia Pro Cantare Singathon

Columbia, MD

Columbia Pro Ca... | Fundraising

Columbia Pro Cantare will present its second annual Singathon on February 9, 2013 at The Mall in Columbia. A singathon is like a walkathon, except that the chorus will be singing, not walking, to raise money for the organization. Read more

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Season of Harmony Concert

Season of Harmony Concert

3812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN

nashvillesingers | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Conducting, Fundraising, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

The Nashville Singers Present - The Season of Harmony Annual Fundraising Concert Draws Attendees from Far and Wide NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville Singers is presenting an a cappella fundraising concert entitled "The Season of Harmony" at 7:00pm on November 17, 2012. The event will be held at Hillsboro High School. The school is located at 3812 Hillsboro Pike in Nashville. The zip code is 37215. Other performers include Lunch Break, and the W. H. Oliver Middle School Choir. Fox 17 reporter Erin Como will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are $15 and $30, and can be ordered online  www.nashvillesingers.org, or purchased at the door. A silent auction is being held in conjunction with the concert. The auction will begin at 6:00pm and will be open for bids through the end of intermission. The previous two Nashville Singers annual concerts have attracted 600 attendees from 38 cities in eight states across the USA. This year's event has attracted ticket buyers from across Middle Tennessee, and as far away as Illinois, and Georgia. Many are curious how a new performing ensemble manages to draw attendees from such a great distance. Executive Director Todd Wilson remarks, "When you have a reputation for presenting your audience with a quality product, are serving a good cause, and can and combine traditional marketing with the cost-effective reach of reach of social media, you can accomplish a great deal." This concert is our most critical fundraiser of the year. Enjoying success with this event is vital to funding our music education, grant, and scholarship programs for the coming year." About Nashville Singers In their first four years, this volunteer group has grown from four to 15 singers, learned 42 songs, released their first CD, racked up 47 performances for 28 organizations in seven counties across Tennessee, and produced a successful concert series which attracted attendees from 36 cities in eight states across the USA. Their concert audiences have ranged in size from a few hundred to 4000 people. Their diverse repertoire spans many genres. Their philanthropic mission is to enrich lives through support of music education in our schools and the community. This support comes in the form of music education grants, college scholarships, master classes in area schools, and an annual free singing lessons program called Acappella Academy. Nashville Singers is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The singers are all volunteers, range in age from teenagers to retirees, and travel from five different counties throughout Middle Tennessee to be a part of the chorus.For more information about Nashville Singers, call 615-852-SING (7464), visit them online at  www.nashvillesingers.org, or follow the chorus via social media on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, and LinkedIn.         The Nashville Singers annual Season of Harmony concert will be held on November 17, at 7:00pm at Hillsboro High School. Tickets are on sale now.   Nashville Singers, Inc., Nashville Singers and Nashvillesingers.org are registered and protected service marks (SM) of Nashville Singers, Inc. Read more

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Piedmont Avenue Restaurant Stroll

Piedmont Avenue Restaurant Stroll

Oakland, CA

Pacific Boychoi... | Fundraising

Please join Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) on October 24th for the third annual Piedmont Avenue Restaurant Stroll. This is a fundraising evening event where PBA sells "tasting coupon booklets" for delicious samplings from the wonderful restaurants along Piedmont Avenue. Mark your calendars now and come to Piedmont Avenue on October 24th with your family, friends, and booklets in hand; stroll at your own pace and taste the fabulous cuisine that exists in the neighborhood. Booklets are $30 and can be ordered from PBA. Please call (510) 652-4722 for more information. Read more

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Venice by Way of San Antonio

Venice by Way of San Antonio

411 SW 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing

  The season opens with a collaborative concert celebrating the 400th anniversary of G. Gabrieli.   Read more

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FREE Season Opening Celebration

FREE Season Opening Celebration

333 S 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Professional, Singing

Free all-ages fundraising event. Read more

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DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

Sandy Springs, GA

DeKalb Choral Guild | Fundraising

Black Tie Gala celebration in support of the DeKalb Choral Guild -your premier community chorus in DeKalb County GA.  Read more

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