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.
Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers.
Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.
Refocusing Your Chorus’s Fundraising Efforts: Individual Giving
This webinar presented on January 29, 2014 focuses on strengthening fundraising from individuals in the current financial climate and improving overall fundraising success for the long term. The majority of the presentation centers on techniques for individual fundraising for choruses who do not have paid development staff.
Choruses are finding crowdfunding success, from raising money for specific projects to participating in community giving events.
It’s important to consider whether endowment fundraising is right for your chorus and to carefully plan before taking the leap.
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.
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.
Assembling the ideal board is less about fundraising prowess and more about about balancing the right skills.
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.