The Forty Niners Chorus has a 60-plus-year tradition of enriching our community through song and service. As a 501(3)c non-profit organization, we are primarily funded through membership dues, gifts, corporate sponsorships, and receipts from private performances. We greatly appreciate our patrons and encourage others to participate in keeping our music fresh, our shows vibrant and our performances appealing to all ages.
Invest in Your Community
Did you know that choral group members are some of the most philanthropically generous, civically active, and ethically responsible members of their communities? It’s true. Adults who sing are remarkably good citizens.
According to a new study by Chorus America, an estimated 32.5 million adults regularly sing in choruses today, up from 23.5 million estimated in 2003. And when children are included, there are 42.6 million Americans singing in choruses in 2009. More than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.
A few of the study’s major findings for adult singers include:
- Choral participation remains strong in America with 32.5 million adults regularly singing in at least one of 270,000 choruses nationwide.
- Choral singers exhibit higher levels of civic involvement, with choristers almost 3 times more likely to be officers or committee members of local community organizations such as the PTA.
- Seventy-eight percent of choral singers indicated they “at least sometimes” volunteer their time in their community, while only 50% of the general public say the same.
- Seventy-four percent of choral singers agree or strongly agree that singing in a chorus has helped them become better team leaders or team participants in other areas of their lives; nearly two-thirds agree or strongly agree that being in a chorus has helped them socialize better in other areas of their lives.
- Choral singers donate 2.5 times more money to philanthropic organizations than the general public.
- Ninety-six percent of choral singers surveyed who are eligible voters said they vote regularly in national and local elections; only 70% of the general public cites the same level of participation.