Individual Giving

As a donor to The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, you play a vital role in the performance, preservation and education of Afrocentric music traditions. The cost for performing this energetic, dynamic and compelling music is significant. The Chorale sustains its activity through ticket and CD sales, touring, government and foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and the support of individual donors like you. Your gift allows the Chorale to entertain and educate audiences far and wide. The Chorale realizes that giving is a personal commitment, and so the Chorale provides you with the ability to direct your gift towards your area of interest.




General Operations

A gift to general operations allows the Chorale to direct funds to the area of greatest need.


Performance and Rehearsal

Many have said that ensemble members make the performance of challenging works seem easy. Practice, practice, and more practice makes a perfect performance. Most government funders do not cover the cost of rehearsals, but rehearse we must.

  • $500 will cover one hour of rehearsal for the Chorale
  • $200 will tune the piano for a performance
  • $50 buys a score for one piece of music


Outreach and Education

The Chorale is committed to educating the public on issues of African heritage, musical history and performance practice

  • $750 will pay for one school’s grade 5 or 8 classes to participate in the Canaan Lan’ Project: workbooks and teaching plans provided, an in-class visit from a chorale member, educational material, and a school performance
  • $500 will train a Chorale member to go into classes and work with teachers and students on educational projects
  • $250 will pay for one class to attend a student matinee
  • $100 will pay for the production of educational materials to be used in one school
  • $25 will pay for an underprivileged student to attend a Chorale concert



Your gift provides opportunities for composers working in Afrocentric traditions to create music that will be performed by the Chorale.

For a $250 donation you can join the Commissioning Club. This club provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing creation of new works for The Chorale. Previous commissions have included Stewart Goodyear’s Go Down Death and The Crucifixion, settings of James Weldon Johnson’s God Trombones; and Chorale alumnus Charles Demuynck’s Ah voltige mon amour, based on poetry by the late Haitian-Canadian poet Gerard Étienne.


Recording Angel

Recording ensures that people everywhere can have access to the work of The Chorale. It ensures the preservation of the important music we perform and extends the concert experience into your everyday life.

  • $2,000 rents the studio for recording
  • $1,000 covers the cost of post-production
  • $500 will cover the cost of additional musicians needed for a recording session
  • $150 pays for one singer’s fees at a recording session


Make your donation

We have created a donation/sponsorship structure modeled on the Nguzo Saba, the seven social & spiritual principles of Kwanzaa, reminding us to honour these principles.

Umoja (unity) $0 to $99

  • Charitable tax receipt
  • Listing in program honour list
  • Receive a copy of The Chorale’s Newsletter
  • Advance notice of all concerts

Kujichagulia (self-determination) $100 to $249

  • All benefits of above, and
  • An invitation to The Chorale’s CD launches and live sections of film recordings
  • Invitation to an open rehearsal

Ujima (collective work & responsibility) $250 to $499

  • All benefits of above, and
  • Invitation to a reception with The Chorale
  • Opportunity to direct your gift towards the commissioning club
  • Opportunity to participate in the Friends of The Chorale Cultural Vacation Program; join Brainerd and The Chorale on tour as they take the music to the world

Ujamaa (cooperative economics) $500 – $999

  • All benefits of above, and
  • Opportunity to bring two guests to an open rehearsal
  • Invitation to participate in a vocal warm-up with ensemble members

Nia (purpose) $1,000 – $4,999

  • All benefits of above, and
  • Poster autographed by The Chorale
  • Preferred seating at The Chorale’s presentations

Kuumba (creativity) $5,000 and $9,999

  • All benefits of above, and
  • Two complimentary tickets to every Nathaniel Dett Chorale self-presentation
  • Dinner with Artistic Director
  • Maximum allowable tax receipt

Imani (faith) $10,000 and up

  • All benefits the above, and
  • Named recognition in one of the Chorale’s presentations (this presentation made possible with the help of [insert name])
  • Acknowledgement in press releases related to the event
  • Opportunity to host an event featuring The Chorale


A full tax receipt is issued for all contributions to The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

Charitable Registration # 86987 8041 RR0001