Apply to be our next beneficiary organization

—Applications for 2018—

Are you a fantastic non-profit organization that is doing great work? Think you’re a good fit for a future benefit concert? If so, apply to be our selected beneficiary organization!

Final rehearsal

Requirements

  • Organization is reviewed via a reputable monitoring organization, such as Guidestar, Charity Navigator and/or the Minnesota Charities Review Council.
  • Organization does work that can be measured in tangible or concrete ways.
  • Size of the organization: We want the amount that we raise to make a difference for the organization. Huge organizations aren’t a great fit for us. We like to support the underdogs! However, we do need the organization to have capacity to meet our collaborative needs (see “Expectations for Collaboration” below.)
  • Nondiscriminatory: If there is a religious connection, it must be interfaith.
  • Marketability: How do we sell this idea and this organization to those who are not “in the know?” Can we tell a powerful story in 120 minutes? Can we articulate to others the importance of what this group is doing?
  • Musicality: VocalPoint strives to put together a concert that is interesting and diverse yet accessible. Is there a global connection with the music, or a cultural one? Does the music lend itself to a concert of 120 minutes? Are there guests we can invite that help tell this story?
  • Location: While the non-profit does not need to be local, we do want there to be a local connection. Are there supporters in the Metro area or is there a way to connect with our community? Also, if it’s not a local organization, it needs to provide a service that is unique. For example, we would not choose to support a food shelf in Ohio; there are food shelves here that we would instead support.

Expectations for collaboration

We do our best to not add a significant amount of work to your already-full plates. However, in order to be successful in our efforts, we do need your collaboration in several key areas:

  1. We hold a “kick-off” event on a Sunday morning in late September or October at Central Presbyterian Church. We invite choir members to attend, and we ask a staff person from the beneficiary organization to speak both during a worship service and during a lunch that follows. This is the first chance for people to get to know your work.
  2. We will ask to meet with you a couple of times in the fall to talk about our year together.
  3. Rehearsals for the concerts begin in early January. We ask that a staff person from the beneficiary organization attend the first (or second) choir rehearsal to greet the choir and introduce their organization. We want to build excitement and momentum for the concerts. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons.
  4. In the past we have had an event at the beneficiary organization during January for the choir. This has been an open house, or a happy hour, or a tour…a way for people to see the work that goes on. Of course, this isn’t always practical due to location or specific mission of the organization.
  5. Also, during December or January, we have found it helpful for our Artistic Director to visit with your Board of Directors. We would ask that, if you felt it appropriate, they be encouraged to sell tickets to the concert.
  6. To help advertise for the concerts, we like to have an art exhibit of your work to display in a gallery at the concerts — photos of what you do, art from clients…it has taken a variety of shapes in the past. Typically, this is up during January and February.
  7. In preparing for the concerts, we may ask you for things like photos or videos that we might share during the concert or perhaps connections with clients who might speak. The specific needs are determined by the Artistic Director as the concert comes together.
  8. The concerts are Feb. 10 and 11, 2018. We would expect that your staff is available during the concert weekend as appropriate.
  9. Often in the spring, we do a follow-up event, such as a drive for donations, or a service day. Again, this is based on the type of work you do.

Process

In order to be considered, please submit the following information (1 – 2 pages in length) to beneficiary@vocalpointchorus.org:

  1. Please provide the name of the organization, primary contact person and title, email address, phone number, nonprofit tax ID, and web address.
  2. What is your approximate annual budget?
  3. What do you do? Whom do you serve? What community do you mainly work in? Why is your work important?
  4. VocalPoint uses music, speakers, artists, and hands-on service projects to connect with the non-profit that we are collaborating with. Why is your organization a good fit in this aspect?
  5. Is there is reason that 2018 is an especially good time to work with your organization? (E.g., a special anniversary of something related to your non-profit, matching grant funds available, the population that you serve is especially newsworthy in that year, etc.)

Submissions must be received by April 1, 2017.

A group of finalists will be selected and asked to meet with the selection committee in May. A decision is anticipated by June 1, 2017.

We intend to choose a partner for the February 2018 concerts. The committee may also choose a partner for 2019 or choose to hold another round of applications.

Questions? Send an email to beneficiary@vocalpointchorus.org