Dear Girl Choir Families & Community,
Thank you for your consistent support, especially as we embark on another exciting semester!
You may have noticed a lot more mail from us, especially about our fundraising efforts, and we want to explain where we are clearly and transparently.
The GCSF board and staff’s first priority is our commitment to providing our community with the excellent, transformative programs that we know you value; and as a non-profit organization, fundraising is imperative to making that commitment a reality.
We aim to keep chorister tuition and fees as low as possible and provide financial aid to ensure that no girl is turned away for an inability to pay. However, the reality for our operations is that tuition and fees alone only cover about 40% of our total expenses and are not enough – and have never been enough – to cover GCSF’s total operating costs.
Additionally, we’re directly feeling the blow of severe statewide cuts to arts education funding, as our grant awards have been slashed – one by nearly 80%. The board is working diligently to increase our grant funding and sponsorship opportunities and to reshape our recruiting efforts. We’ve also had to discuss possible future cuts to artistic elements and weigh other cost saving measures if funding continues at present levels.
Especially as a relatively new board, we are constantly reflecting and working to improve our operations and find new ways to support our mission. So though it may feel like suddenly a lot right now, a significant piece of that re-working involved fine-tuning our development strategies and practices through new and increased fundraising efforts.
Fundraising has been a standard necessity since our founding and will always be necessary for GCSF – from gala events, raffle tickets, and playbill ads, to the coupon book, Panthers game, and matching campaign fundraisers now. The community’s and our families’ participation in and support of these fundraisers, along with the work that Girl Choir does, is and always has been essential as well.
It’s the power of the community and our families – the choir moms, theory graders, concert attendees, chaperones, envelope stuffers, donors, and so many more – that has made it possible for Girl Choir to operate and thrive for fourteen (going on fifteen!) years.
This is your organization, and we want and need your collaborative support to sustain it.
If you have questions or would like to receive more detailed information, we would love to hear from you! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (954) 533-9227.
Thank you for your ongoing support of and participation in GCSF’s mission.
Board of Trustees
The Girl Choir of South Florida
Sadie Klein, President
Emily Janas, Vice President
Doug Klein , Treasurer
Caroline Conkle, Trustee
Gretchen Fasulo, Trustee
Mary Manteiga, Trustee
Valle Straussman, Trustee
John Wien, Trustee
WAYS TO SUPPORT GCSF:
- PANTHERS HOCKEY FUNDRAISER – Have fun and support a good cause by attending our FL Panthers Hockey game fundraiser. Tickets and more info
- AMAZON SMILE – Sign-up for Amazon Smile benefiting the Girl Choir of South Florida to give back to us on every purchase you make: smile.amazon.com
- AUDITIONS – Know a girl who loves to sing? Come to our open audition dates. Learn more