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.
The most effective choruses plan out their annual fundraising; use this outline as a starting place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chorus America presents data on the current state of philanthropy and provides guidance on building a strong individual donor base. (PowerPoint slides available separately.)
Slides from Chorus America's webinar on ways to build your individual donor base. (Webinar available separately.)
There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony.
We all know that thanking our donors is more than good manners—it is a critical part of the donor relations process. But it is just the beginning of a longer- term effort to engage donors more deeply in our organizations.