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29+ Free Tools Your Choir Needs To Know About

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Jacob Levine GALA Articles No Comments

Choirs typically have exceptionally tight budgets, so getting the most bang for your buck is especially important. Here’s a sampling of tools that will make your life easier – for free! Let us know if we missed any of your favorite tools. Note: For a product to make it onto this list, it must have a permanently […]

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Turning $9K Into $40K

Posted on: October 5th, 2015 by Jacob Levine GALA Articles No Comments

On a gorgeous spring night in 2014, I found myself looking out at the Manhattan skyline from a 49th floor office in midtown. Suffice to say, the view was breathtaking, but even that couldn’t distract from the gripping topic at hand: fundraising! The NYC Gay Men’s Chorus had a summer fundraising drive that desperately needed […]

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Brilliant Fundraising: The $60K Chorus Auction

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Levine GALA Articles No Comments

“Alright,” the auctioneer boomed. “Moving on to Lot #17: Doggie Playdate on the Hudson River.” I started giggling. Now I’ve been to plenty of auction fundraisers before, but never in my life have I seen anything like a doggie playdate included in the lots. My amusement quickly turned to fascination, and then appreciation. I was becoming more and more impressed by this […]

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Best Credit Card Processors For Chorus Membership Dues

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Jacob Levine GALA Articles No Comments

Choruses use a wide variety of credit card processors for collecting membership dues. We interviewed a few dozen choruses to find out what the best options are and how much they cost. Check out the results below! Overview Processor Swiped Keyed Monthly Fee Quickbooks Payments 2.4% + 25¢1 3.4% + 25¢1 N/A PayPal 2.7% 2.2% […]

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5 Ways Choruses Track Attendance

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Jacob Levine GALA Articles No Comments

While building Chorus Connection, I’ve interviewed dozens of community choruses about the ways they operate. These interviews have given me a fascinating insight into the different strategies and best practices in use by community choruses all across the US. The intent of this post is to share some of those insights, specifically those related to managing […]

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