2024 Charity Partner Application

Elgin Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah (ESM) is accepting applications for its 2024 Charity Partner. The selected charity will receive proceeds and a freewill donation collected at the Elgin Sing-Along Messiah performance on Friday, Dec. 6, 2024, at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois. Applications must be received by Friday, July 12, 2024.

Additionally, the selected charity partner will be:

  • Included and linked to on the Greater Elgin Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah website, elginsing-alongmessiah.org.
  • Included in press releases, social media, emails, and presentations.
  • Provided a presence at the Elgin Sing-Along Messiah event, including a brief (two-minutes) speaking opportunity and a table at the event to assist in collecting funds and raising awareness.

 

HISTORY

Elgin Sing-Along Messiah (previously known as the Greater Elgin Sing-Along Messiah) debuted in 2022 as a free community event kicking off the holidays by celebrating, singing, and giving back to the community by selecting a charity partner. In 2022, that partner was Food For Greater Elgin and more than $3,500 was raised from Greater Elgin Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah attendees through advance online donations and good-will offerings at the event. In 2023, more than $5,000 was raised for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley.

The Elgin Sing-Along Messiah committee selects a charity partner each year that provides food, shelter, or housing for people in need in Elgin, Illinois.  

Note: There is no guarantee of the amount of funding provided, as donations depend upon proceeds from ticket sales and a freewill offering. As the Elgin Sing-Along Messiah does not hold a nonprofit status, all donations will be made directly to the charity.

 

REQUIREMENTS

The charitable partner must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing.
  • Have a mission and program(s) that provide food, shelter, or housing for people in need in Elgin, Illinois.
  • Create a page on charitable partner’s website dedicated to information about the Elgin Sing-Along Messiah, including event information, link to donation website (a page specific to donations for this event, to be hosted by the charity), link to GESAHM website (elginsing-alongmessiah.org) for tickets and more information.
  • Create an online fundraising page specific to donations made from ESM ticket buyers and supporters. (Or otherwise be able to track donations originating from ESM promotions – including links redirected from the ESM website and social media, as well as the charitable partner’s own promotion of the event.)
  • Link to the Elgin Sing-Along Messiah website, elginsing-alongmessiah.org
  • Provide a high-resolution logo and organization boilerplate to the ESM for use in promotional activities.
  • Provide spokesperson for interviews arranged by ESM to promote the event and the fundraising component.
  • Tracking of donations and reporting back on fundraising totals is required.
  • Provide monthly reports on funds received.
  • Provide a final report on total funds received no later than Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2024.
  • Give a 2-minute speech about the organization at the ESM event on Dec. 6, 2024.
  • Staff a table to collect donations at the ESM event on Dec. 6, 2024.
  • Publicize the ESM event and partnership to the organization’s supporters via normal communication channels, including but not limited to social media, emails, mailings, website, staff, and external publications.
  • Report back by May 1, 2025, about how the funds were used and the benefit to the local community.
  • Publicize the fundraising results to the charity’s constituents.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be received by July 12, 2024.

  • Complete application form online below or email the following information to ElginSingAlongMessiah@gmail.com:
  • Include name and address of organization
  • Name, title, phone number, and email address of person making the application
  • 501(c)(3) documentation
  • A one-to-two-page summary of your organization, including data on local impact (number of people served, etc.), and how the funds would be used.
  • Agree to the Requirements listed above.