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Daniel Santos
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Howdy everyone. I am a member of my school's Chamber Singers (my first year). Every couple of years, the group does a small tour in Europe. This year, we are going to Ireland. I was so happy that I would be going...that is, until I found out it would cost $2,000. So I was just wondeing if it would be possible to get a sponsor for something like that, and if so how would I go about doing so? And please, I've tried Google and got loads of rubbish on home businesses, e-books, and the like. I just don't know where to go, who to ask, etc. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Find a rich alumni of your school or better yet the chamber singers.

Try to swing it with your school for them to pay for your trip and accept the 2k as a charitable donation to the school so its a tax right-off.(I'm not a tax lawyer so I don't know how else you could do this, but just an idea...)
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The bad things about seeking out a rich alumni are:
1.) I've only been here for two years, so I don't know anybody well enough.
2.) If somebody were that wealthy, they would not be living in Naugatuck. (Not implying that it's a poor community, just a rather small, boring one.)

In regards to having the school pay the fee, I thought that individuals didn't count as a qualified organization for tax deduction...

Thanks for your help.
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Talk to local business owners (especially if they are irish). You owuld probably not get one to give $2000, but you might get 4 to give $500. It is worth a try, and if you fail, you'll still have made some nice friends in the community. When you go, be prepared to leave a casette tape of some stuff for them along with the schools TAX ID number. If they give the money to the school for you, it ccan be a deduction.


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1: It doesn't matter how long you have been there or who you know, its how you can sell the idea. Get their name put on the pamphlets/fliers that annouce the event, and write a press release that a local paper will publish about how the rich alumni is donating to help the singers go.

2: It doesn't matter if they live there, even if they are many states away, you can still phone them and have them send a check. It's not as easy as that, but if you work hard at it and swing both getting their names on school related things like school newspaper, the pamphlets as well as their local paper and your local paper, it could be a selling point.

Finally, the tax point is that the sponser would not be giving YOU the money, they would be donating the school which has been instructed to pay for your trip with it.

I honestly don't know how much work would really need to be done, but it shouldnt be too hard to have the school setup a "Fund for singers that can't afford the trip", and accept donations to it.(and you would hopefully be either only person on list or first on it as you set it up).... so again they would be donating to the fund, and you would recieve the benifits.

Obviously depends on the size of school, people there and whatnot, but it's not like you have a lot to lose by trying.
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Can the Chamber Singers 'earn' some of the funds by performing locally - shopping malls etc.

This would also provide excellent dress rehearsal - and you could use those performances to garner publiclity and hopefully flush out donors.

PS Daniel: Always look for the silver lining - I grew up in a poor isolated town of 200 people (and it was boring). It taught me to have an imagination and made me yearn for, and appreciate, the exotic. It forced me to search out the magic in life... and the life in magic.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the help.

Cliff/Daegs: That makes sense to have them pay to the school. It never even crossed my mind.

Plastic Destiny: Due to all of the music to be learned and only one night a week together, it would be hard to have a decent performance soon. BUT, we have done fundraisers (i.e., carwash) to help raise money for the general fund. Once we reach the amount needed to cover the cost of some necessities, the extra money goes to us (from what I hear, the price doesn't drop much if at all).

Thanks again.


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