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Madison Youth Choirs touches the lives of over 29,000 people annually in our community through a wide variety of meaningful, accessible music education experiences. Because tuition only covers a small percentage of MYC’s expenses, we rely on the generosity of individual donors, business supporters, foundations, and grants to continue providing our singers with outstanding music education and performance opportunities.
Our Champions: MYC’s Friends and Donors
Madison Youth Choirs is exceedingly grateful to the foundations, businesses and individuals who participate in our mission by making a financial contribution.
Thank you for your generous support of youth music education in our community!
This list reflects donations and pledges to our annual campaign received between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. We regret any errors or omissions–please contact the MYC office with your corrections.
We also gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the 500+ donors listed below who responded to a singer or staff member’s It’s MYChoir appeal in the spring of 2020. Over $23,000 was raised through this campaign, which encourages our singers (and staff) to share their MYC story with friends and family. Because tuition alone covers less than half the total cost of our program, the fundraising efforts of our families are key to keeping MYC financially healthy and accessible to all.
$50 supports the cost of music for one choir for one semester
$100 allows ten concert tickets to be set aside for our scholarship students’ families, ensuring that all of our singers have a cheering section
$300 provides safe and reliable transportation to rehearsals for one semester for a student in need of assistance
$500 sponsors a full need-based scholarship for a singer in Purcell or Choraliers.
$1,000 covers the cost of t-shirts, tour transportation and supplies for the School and Community Choral Program, offering choral enrichment opportunities during recess at a Madison public school, for one semester.
Donor Bill of Rights
PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law
To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Our Financial Information
Madison Youth Choirs is proud to have received the honor of Gold Status through GuideStar, a national organization which provides comprehensive information on non-profits to a broad public audience. This distinction is granted to only 0.5% of the 1.8 million non-profits represented on GuideStar and recognizes MYC’s strong commitment to transparency and accountability.
You can find our listing, which includes links to past 990 forms, on Guidestar.org
WAYS TO GIVE
There are many ways to show your support for MYC.
Sponsor a Concert
Sponsor a Concert
Sponsoring an MYC concert or program can be a fantastic way for individuals, businesses and organizations to invest in high-quality youth arts education while reaching a large, family-oriented audience. All sponsors receive recognition in our concert programs and e-newsletter, as well as additional opportunities for acknowledgement and collaboration.
Your support of MYC’s season-closing concert will help us cover:
Facility rental at the Overture Center, giving our singers an opportunity to perform on a world-class stage
Music licensing fees
Printing and promotional materials
Ticket underwriting, ensuring that access to the concert series remains affordable for all families
Intergenerational Choir Celebrating the power of creative expression at every age, this celebrated performing ensemble of MYC singers, alumni, and Capitol Lakes residents blends the voices of singers ages 15 to 95. Sponsorship support provides:
Outstanding choral instruction employing techniques to empower the senior voice
Challenging classical and contemporary musical literature
Complimentary tickets to MYC concerts for Capitol Lakes residents
A national model for collaboration between artists of different generations
School and Community Choral Program This popular and growing outreach program provides a diverse group of students at two Madison public schools and three community centers with the opportunity to sing in a choir for the first time. Rehearsals are held directly in students’ music classrooms or community centers in their neighborhoods, making the program extremely accessible for many students who have been traditionally underserved in the arts. Sponsorship support provides:
Teaching materials, scores, and supplies
Choir t-shirts for every student, bolstering pride among choir members
Buses for the choirs’ concert tours to the State Capitol and local retirement communities
Program Book Advertising
Ad placement with MYC solidifies your identity as a dedicated supporter of the arts and specifically of music education in our community. Our concert patrons are enthusiastic, loyal consumers of family-oriented excellence. MYC provides a comprehensive music education, meaningful performance opportunities, and social and personal skill development to any student desiring a place to grow through music. The benefits are many—thank you for your support!
For more information about program book advertising, contact Lynn Hembel.
Honoring MYC supporters who have made a planned gift
In July 2003, Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) was created through the merger of the Madison Boychoir and Madison Children’s Choir, combining nearly 50 years of service to young people in our community. Since 2003, participation in MYC’s choral programs has more than doubled, and a growing scholarship fund has ensured that every child, regardless of financial ability, has the opportunity to add his or her voice to the choir.
With a rich, historic past and a bright, expanding future, Madison Youth Choirs is thrilled to offer a new opportunity for our supporters to help assure the sustainability of the choirs for years to come. Anyone who chooses to make MYC the beneficiary of a planned gift, regardless of the amount, is eligible to be an honored member of the Madison Youth Choirs Legacy Society.
A planned gift can take many forms and may enable you to:
Find a way to give more than you ever thought possible
Enhance your income by making a gift that gives back
Ease your income, gift, and estate tax burden
Honor a loved one through a named endowment that will permanently support a program
A gift may be given without restrictions or specified for a particular purpose or program that you find compelling. A planned gift can also provide you with the opportunity to establish an enduring legacy and partnership with MYC that will recognize your special support of the choirs. If you are already prepared to speak with your financial advisor or attorney about making a planned gift to MYC, please feel free to use the following sample language (PDF) to help you get started.
The most popular of all planned giving options, a bequest is a written statement in a donor’s will directing that a specific amount or a percentage of an estate will be donated to a charity
Through a bequest, you will be able to support MYC with a gift that costs you nothing now, but will create amazing music opportunities for years to come
A bequest to Madison Youth Choirs is fully deductible for federal estate tax purposes
Giving Appreciated Assets
Giving appreciated property such as stocks, insurance policies, and real estate is often more beneficial to a donor than giving the equivalent amount in cash.
Some assets can benefit you more if you give them away
Some gifts cost nothing now, but leave a legacy later
Some gifts allow you to pass more on to your heirs, while relieving a potential tax burden
The tax savings when naming a charity as the beneficiary of a retirement plan rather than a non-charity can be as much as 75 cents on the dollar
Talk with your financial advisor or attorney about what makes sense for your particular situation.
Or contact us. We’d love to start a conversation about a possible partnership as we enter our second decade of providing thoughtful and innovative music education to students from throughout Dane County and beyond.