THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN DONATING TO THE BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY
When you make a gift to BHS, you can direct your gift more precisely to the parts of our work that excite you most — Youth, Music Education, Singing Communities or Preservation — or choose to support our overall work and vision.
- You can direct a large portion of your gift — up to 85% in total — to your beloved chapter or district.
- You can easily set up an employer match if you work for one of the 6,000 companies in our match directory.
- You can make a memorial gift on behalf of a dear person who has passed.
- You can make a one-time gift or a recurring monthly gift.
HOW TO DONATE
The simplest and fastest way to support our work is to use our online portal for a gift via credit or debit card, or ACH/bank transfers. To donate by wire transfer, please contact 800-876-7464.
To pay by check, please download and complete this form, make your check payable to Barbershop Harmony Society, and mail to:
Barbershop Harmony Society
110 7th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
DIRECTING YOUR GIFT
If you are particularly passionate about a certain aspect of our work, we invite you to direct your gift to that body of work. Your options include:
SUPPORT OUR WORK AS A WHOLE.
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We hold major national and international events, publish thousands of barbershop arrangements and learning tracks, produce educational programs and events live and online, produce or fund major youth festivals across the country, produce content on many different social media platforms, and collaborate with peer organizations in the choral world.
TRANSFORM YOUNG LIVES.
For young people searching for a sense of belonging and self, barbershop singing is a pathway to acceptance, recognition, safety, and artistic expression.
We energize young people of every background with amazing events, scholarships, music, and performances that help them in the here-and-now, while kindling a lifelong love of singing.
SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATORS.
Great music educators create a ripple effect across hundreds of young people by hooking them on harmony. Singing improves overall school participation and attendance, critical thinking, collaboration, and creative problem-solving, but school music programs face huge budget pressures. We support the success of music educators through scholarships, destination events, free music and curricula.
FORGE CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY.
The benefits of singing — emotional, physical, intellectual — are magnified when people sing together. Barbershop singing builds unity and cohesion across differences in age, race, gender, orientation, identity, economics, abilities, and beliefs. We build and strengthen nearly 3,300 barbershop communities, from our original all-male groups to the diverse communities that have flourished since we welcomed everyone as members in 2018.
PRESERVE BARBERSHOP FOR THE NEXT 80 YEARS.
Our barbershop predecessors had a vision of preserving the great American art form and pastime of singing together, but 16 million YouTube views? Today, we bring barbershop to the whole world via publishing, recordings, and contests, with more ways to find, hear, and sing barbershop than ever before. We leverage our vast historic archives to preserve the past — while creating the future! — for every generation of singers.
GIVING TO YOUR CHAPTER OR DISTRICT
You can direct us to direct up to 85% of your gift to a chapter and/or district. When you complete the donation form you’ll be given a series of prompts to give us the name of your chapter and district, and decide how much you’d like us to send to each. The total can be up to 85% of your gift.
We are delighted to help get your money into your local community, AND, we hope you’ll support the overall work of the Barbershop Harmony.
Later in 2020 we will introduce functionality to allow your chapter or district to do its own fundraising campaigns on our site. Stay tuned.
DONOR DESIGNATION LEVELS
We welcome gifts of absolutely any size. For your convenience, we have set up a few common giving recognition levels:
- Supporter of Harmony - $10 per month or $120 per year
- Friend in Harmony — $20 per month or $240 per year
- Leader in Harmony — $50 per month or $600 per year
- Benefactors Circle* — $75 per month or $900 per year
- Innovators Circle* — $200 per month or $2,400 per year
- Investors Circle*— $400 per month or $4,800 per year
- Artists Circle* — $800 per month or $9,600
- Champions Circle* — More than $9,600 per year — If you have the means and the heart for a gift of more than $9,600, we would love to speak to you directly about major gift opportunities and special recognition. Please contact our Development department at 615-523-3068 or drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*With deep appreciation for your generosity, we offer priority seating assignments to BHS convention registrants who make annual gifts at this level. For our 2021 International Convention, we will allocate VIP seats among BHS donors who have given $900 or more by June 30, 2021, and Harmony Foundation’s President Council donors as of June 30, 2020. This assumes that these events will take place as currently scheduled, which cannot be predicted or guaranteed in light of the pandemic.
FUNDRAISING AND PRIVACY POLICIES
Accountability and Transparency
The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Incorporated (doing business as Barbershop Harmony Society) is recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Gifts to the Barbershop Harmony Society may qualify as charitable deductions for federal income tax purposes. Consult your tax advisor or the IRS to determine eligibility.
The Barbershop Harmony Society has earned the highest rating — the Platinum Seal of Transparency — from GuideStar, the world’s largest and most respected source of objective information on nonprofits.
Our fundraising policies are based on the best practices from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Click here to view our fundraising and privacy policies.
GIFTS TO HARMONY FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
The Barbershop Harmony Society values the generosity of donors through all channels. We appreciate the many people who have made gifts through the years through Harmony Foundation International. As we launch a more direct path for your generosity, we also wish to be respectful of our colleagues, who continue to provide a conduit for giving to programs of the Barbershop Harmony Society. To manage any transactions previously made or scheduled with HFI, you will need to contact them directly. This includes any recurring payments, end-of-life gifts or bequests, etc. If you wish to check the status of any transaction with HFI, including which programs it will fund, please contact HFI.