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Choir Fundraisers: The Best Fundraising Ideas for Choirs

Choir Fundraisers: The Best Fundraising Ideas for Choirs

Looking for choir fundraising ideas? Just like any nonprofit organization or cause, choirs need the fundraising support of friends, family and the community. Many types of choirs are an integral part of the community and often require support towards the costs of hosting events, traveling, rehearsal space and other necessary means to continue operation. Here are some fundraising ideas for choirs to achieve their donation goals. 

Our #1 Fundraising Idea for All Types of Choirs: Crowdfunding Campaigns

One of the most popular and effective trends in nonprofit fundraising is crowdfunding. With nonprofit crowdfunding, donation requests are not limited to just face-to-face solicitations, but expand further to utilize social media and social networks. By allowing choir members to tap deeper into their networks, not only can the choir members cast their net wider for requesting of donations, but it is also a chance to build the online presence and brand of the choir. When implementing a crowdfunding campaign, each choir member is typically held accountable for a certain donation amount. It can be broken down further by finding a certain number of donors to donate a minimum donation amount (i.e. each choir member has a goal of finding ten donors to donate $20 each). We have hosted several 30/30/30 Crowdfunding Campaigns where choir members have 30 days to find 30 donors of $30. The benefit of crowdfunding is that costs and time commitment of participants are minimal, and usually kept to just promoting the crowdfunding website. Yet due to this powerful technology and friendly competition, the financial rewards can be quite large. 

DoJiggy’s Crowdfunding Software Supports Choir Fundraising Events

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More Great Choir Fundraising Ideas

If you’re looking for more of a special event to bring choir members together with your community, we have your covered. Here are some more great ideas for choir fundraising.

Benefit Concert, Dinner Show or Fundraising Gala Event

An organic fundraising idea for choirs is hosting a benefit concert, dinner show or gala. Choirs can further share their impact by including a choir performance in the event. With the added special occasion that comes with a gala or concert, fundraising comes from ticket sales, table purchases and event sponsorships. 

One of the key things to be mindful of when hosting a concert, dinner or a gala is the added logistics of organizing an event. This includes the added cost of the venue and possibly catering for the gala, as well as the effort and time needed to find event sponsors. However, with proper marketing of the event, the funds raised from hosting a formal event can be well worth it. 

Trivia Night

For a smaller and easy choir fundraiser with a more informal atmosphere, consider hosting a trivia night. In keeping with the theme of the choir, the trivia topic can be about musicals, music genres, topics relevant to the choir (i.e. religious questions for gospel choirs, mainstream age-appropriate TV shows for student choirs) or other fun topics. Fundraising comes from charging registration fees to participate in the trivia night, as well as food and drink sales. The benefit of this fundraising event is that it is simpler to organize and can typically take place at a restaurant or bar that will welcome the added business on a slower night without additional cost to the choir. However, because the event is on a much smaller scale and the registration fee is smaller than a concert or gala ticket, proceeds will be considerably less. Consider hosting a silent auction or raffle fundraiser to boost profits. 

Local Business Night for the Choir

Another easy choir fundraiser is a local business night. For an event that is even simpler to organize than the trivia night, local businesses, such as restaurants, bars or lounges, will often be open to the idea of donating a certain percentage of the evening’s proceeds to the choir’s fundraising cause. This event works well if a choir member is also a business owner and offers a great way to mingle with local community supporters. 

Planning Your Choir Fundraiser

Whether the event your choir chooses is big or small, here are some fundamental steps to take to plan for a successful choir fundraising event. 

Define the Choir Fundraising Goal

Before deciding on which event to pursue, understand the fundraising goal that the choir needs to achieve. Some things to consider in the fundraising goal:

  • Have the performance venues and rehearsal spaces increased in cost in the past few years? Should an impending venue cost increase be considered?
  • Will there be additional tours or travel costs for an added line-up of performances or competitions for the year?
  • Is there new equipment, choir robes or other costs that need to be purchased? 

Also, when choosing certain choir fundraisers, consider if there are additional costs for hosting the event that should be included in the fundraising goals:

  • Venue cost
  • Food and beverage
  • Catering
  • Prizes or giveaways
  • Gift bags
  • Audio/visual equipment 

Successfully achieving a fundraising goal begins with meticulously planning the end goal to know how much is needed. Then, work with an event fundraising budget to make the magic happen.

Utilize an Online Fundraising or Donation Platform

A donation platform can be a powerful tool that can amplify the choir fundraising results for your choir. While face-to-face donor solicitation can still be utilized, an online donation platform allows your members to reach a larger network through social media. One of the benefits of using a crowdfunding platform is being able to easily set up an individual fundraising page for each choir member, so they can reach out to their networks and personalize their reasons and cause behind the ask. Also, donation platforms can provide real-time updates on how close the choir is to reaching their goal. This comes in handy when there are milestone pushes towards finishing up the goal. Another often overlooked reason why a donation platform is needed is being able to receive donations through a secure website that encrypts personal information, such as contact information and credit card details. Choosing a donation platform that meets all of your needs is an essential step towards successfully accomplishing your choir fundraising goals. 

Maximize Your Donations

When hosting a special event, there are several choir fundraising ideas to maximize the donations from your supporters.

Corporate Matching: Promote the possibility for donors to reach out to their employers to see if they offer corporate matching gifts. Simply by donors inquiring with large companies and employers, goals can often be doubled with little effort.

Raffles or Auctions: By selling raffle tickets, your choir fundraisers will receive a noticeable uplift in donations. The raffle sales can be done in one round of giving away prizes, or it can be split in several rounds through the night to continue promoting raffle sales. For auctions, these can be hosted throughout the entire evening. The key to hosting a successful raffle or auction is both having enthusiastic volunteers to promote raffle sales or auction bids throughout the event and securing exciting and attractive prizes. The difference between both options is considering which will receive more donations: several higher-value bids or a large quantity of small raffle purchases.

DoJiggy offers unique travel vacation packages that can be used for high end raffle and auction fundraising.

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Sponsors: Sponsors can help minimize the cost of hosting a certain event, which includes procuring high-value prizes, marketing or food and beverage costs. This often takes a large amount of effort to for outreach, so sponsorship inquiries should begin as soon as possible. 

Conclusions for Choir Fundraisers 

No matter the choice of choir fundraising ideas, taking the steps to properly plan the event, holding choir members accountable for their goals, utilizing a great fundraising platform and maximizing donations will help achieve your choir fundraising goals.

Lisa Bennett

About Lisa Bennett

Lisa is the Sales Director at DoJiggy. She joined DoJiggy in 2006 and loves her job. Prior to working with DoJiggy, she worked at several non-profits and managed special event fundraising.

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