This Non-Profit Organization is a Chorus, Not the American Cancer Society!
Date: June 26, 2014
I have a fantastic volunteer board, but they know very little about the professional side of the choral music field.
I'm looking for advice and input from you, my choral colleagues, about how I might share with my board that raising funds for a large community chorus is quite different than say, raising funds for a large non-profit like the local branch of the American Cancer Society.
Choruses have to rely on individual donors much more than support from corporations, for example. We also have different "cost of operation" expeditures and "cost of doing business" losses (e.g. "My dog ate my score," or "I really like this song, I think I'll keep the score on my home piano... no one will miss it," etc.).
Any words of wisdom? I'd certainly appreciate it. My board has hit a bump in the road and I'd love professional advice from those in the field.
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