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Fundraising Fundamentals: An Introduction to Grassroots Fundraising

League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council members, Margarita Contreni and Elaine Cousins, conduct this latest installment of the Volunteer Council’s webinar series. In this webinar they will focus on the fundamentals of fundraising, and the elements required to succeed in fundraising for your home orchestra.

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Fundraising, Communications and More: 2013 Award of Excellence Projects

Get some fresh ideas from our Gold Book Award of Excellence presentations. Learn about the winning projects, their new ideas, and their new twists on tried and true projects. 

  • Tanglewood Family Fun Fest (Presented by the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers)

    Learn ways to create a fun and educational event that engages children and families and encourages them to come back for future events and performances. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Classical Idol (Presented by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte)

    Music Transforms Us All! Classical Idol, a variety show-style competition featuring all types of music, showcases the symphony family through performance, video, and testimony showing how music transforms people’s lives and communities. Text voting engages the audience and a favorite is crowned live. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Comprehensive Communications (Presented by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte)

    With the emergence of online communications and social media, publications have quickly become outdated, repetitive, untimely, and ungainly. The Symphony Guild of Charlotte presents their strategy to streamline the many modes of communication they employed with membership/stakeholders. Outcomes include: information immediacy and accessibility, less intrusion, branding and messaging clarity, and synergy between social media. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Trivia Night (Presented by The Symphony Guild of Charlotte)

    New members and existing members get to know one another by working together on teams to answer musical trivia questions in this innovative special event. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Diamond Jubilee (Presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association)

    This fundraiser was a recipe for success that benefited five children’s music education programs with ingredients that included volunteers, staff, guests, an elegant estate, cocktails, food, silent/live auctions, donations, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, ISO musicians, dancing, fanfare, fun, and memories. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Love of Music Marathon (Presented by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee)

    Making connections! The Love of Music Marathon links the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra with its community in an innovative way. Performers of all ages–amateur and professional–collect pledges and play the music they love at an all-day free concert. (Presentation) | (Script)

  • Fundraising Workshop (Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates)

    Sheri Gill and Sharleen Eusebio of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates present their outstanding project. In this session you will learn how they increased their overall fundraising revenue by 21%. Plan to take home ideas for your own fundraising efforts. (Presentation)

  • Let the Good Times Roll (Presented by the West Virginia Symphony League)

    For more than 50 years the West Virginia Symphony League has staged a fashion show, but this year the League took the show on the road to reinvent and rebrand it for today’s audiences. (Presentation)


Volunteer Council 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Volunteer Council is celebrating 50 years of serving America's orchestras! See the video for some of the highlights of the past 50 years. For more information on the Volunteer Council, click here.


Strategic Planning for Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council members, Elaine Cousins and Aaron Nurick, conduct this latest installment of the Volunteer Council’s webinar series. In this webinar they will explain the strategic planning process and provide specific steps, as well as guide viewers to further resources, for you to use in your own organization’s strategic planning.

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The 3 R’s of Leadership: Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources

The job of a volunteer leader is multi-faceted and critical to an organization's success. The webinar, The 3 R's of Leadership focuses on 3 fundamental building blocks of good leadership: roles, responsibilities, and resources. Participants will learn about the leader's role as visionary, communicator, motivator, facilitator, mentor, manager, and steward and how to excel in these various roles. Also included are resources and activities for further leadership development.

Facilitated by Elaine Cousins, past president of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild of Bloomington-Normal and a member of the League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council, and Aaron Nurick, chairman of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers and a member of the League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council, this webinar is offered free to League members and available on-demand. You can register for this webinar now by clicking here.

After you have viewed this webinar, please take a few minutes to share your impressions of this webinar by filling out an evaluation form here. Should you have any additional questions or comments, please feel welcome to send them to Samara Ungar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will respond to you shortly. Thank you and we hope you enjoyed this webinar experience!


Recruiting Your Next Generation of Volunteers Part I

One of the most consistent challenges facing volunteer organizations is attracting and retaining volunteers who are willing to work to support their orchestra. Part I of the webinar addresses where to look for new members, how to invite them, and depicts the 21st Century Volunteer. Part II describes how to organize a membership committee and gives examples of best practices for involving and retaining volunteers.

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Free to League members; available on-demand.


Recruiting Your Next Generation of Volunteers Part II

One of the most consistent challenges facing volunteer organizations is attracting and retaining volunteers who are willing to work to support their orchestras. Now help is here! The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras has designed a webinar to provide you with the tools to tackle this problem head on. In Recruiting Your Next Generation of Volunteers Part II, you will learn how to organize a membership committee and hear examples of best practices for involving and retaining volunteers.

Facilitated by Sandra Weingarten, a former member of the League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council, and a past president of the Eugene Symphony Guild in Oregon, this webinar is offered free to League members and available on-demand.

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After you have viewed this webinar, please take a few minutes to share your impressions of this webinar by filling out an evaluation form here. Should you have any additional questions or comments, please feel welcome to send them to Samara Ungar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will respond to you shortly. Thank you and we hope you enjoyed this webinar experience!
 

Made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.