Gala Choruses, Inc.

aka GALA Choruses   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |
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Gala Choruses, Inc.

EIN: 74-2586442


Our mission is to empower GLBT choruses as we change our world through song.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

MS Robin Godfrey

Main address

PO Box 99998

Pittsburgh, PA 15233 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Cultural awareness

Vocal music

Population served info


LGBTQ people

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Singing Choral (A6B)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have created Financial, Operational, Stakeholder, Governance and Programming Mandates

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


GALA Choruses has produced ten previous quadrennial festivals with the 11th festival scheduled for MInneapolis in July 2024. The 2020 Festival was canceled due to the world wide pandemic.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Leadership symposiums are held annually (other than Festival years) on President's Day weekend providing an opportunity for education and inspiration for our member choruses. The workshops cover topics of interest to artistic directors, chorus managers and chorus board members. Plenty of time is provided in the schedule for the networking that is such a valuable part of the experience. Due to the pandemic, Gala Choruses produced its first virtual symposium in October, 2020 and returned to in-person with its Atlanta based Symposium in 2022.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

The resource center includes sections for artistic directors, chorus managers and chorus board members. In the artistic director section resources include programming tips, advice on structuring community outreach and success stories contributed by our member choruses, information on tools you can use for rehearsals, advise on commissioning, copyright and licenses tips and best practices, recording tips and tools for auditions.

The chorus manager section includes marketing resources, ticketing and sales information, development resources, budgeting information, membership management resources, outreach and tours information and resources for starting a chorus.

The Board Members section of the Resource Center provides a variety of example documents and links to help member chorus board members better serve their choruses. What are the keys to building a strong board and maintaining it? How should our strategic plan be driving our day-to-day activities? Why is it important to run a constructive, efficient board meeting?

Population(s) Served

The GALA 411 Advisors program includes an Artistic Advisor, Chorus Management Advisor, Board Development Advisor and Youth Chorus Advisor. The advisors provide consulting services to member choruses through Skype or Google Hangouts, conference calls, webinars and on-site workshops. The 411 advisors all have extensive experience in their areas and serve as year-round sources of consulting assistance for our member choruses.

Population(s) Served

GALA Choruses sponsors an annual chorus operations and compensation survey to collect data from our member choruses and provide summary information back to the members allowing them to compare their performance to their peers. GALA also provides a comprehensive benchmarking tool that provides an excellent start to a strategic planning cycle by identifying areas for improvement as well as how important each is.

Population(s) Served

GALA maintains google discussion groups for artistic directors and chorus managers. The groups provide a networking tool for directors to discuss repertoire questions and for all chorus staff to share questions or best practices. As our member choruses have been hit so terribly by the Covid-19 Pandemic, these virtual discussion groups have become an integral facet of our support network.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

GALA Leadership Symposium

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

the 2022 groups consisted of Staff representing member choruses, singers from within member choruses and donors

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Financial Mandate: GALA must develop a sustainable fiscal approach that will both facilitate having funds on hand that are sufficient to meet the organization’s day-to-day (or budgeted) expenses, and allow it to respond to unplanned circumstances. GALA should endeavor to maximize all potential sources of revenue in a manner consistent with our mission.
Operational Mandate: In order to deliver services and provide resources that meet the broad range of needs presented by our stakeholders (especially our member choruses), GALA must establish an organizational structure (staff, technology, accountability, etc.) that is flexible enough to track our four-year festival cycle and live within our financial means.
Stakeholder Mandate: In order to build sustained levels of commitment to the organization in the present day and for the future, GALA must intentionally develop and steward strong relationships with its various stakeholder groups. GALA stakeholders include our member choruses, donors, community partners, vendors and contracted artists and the singing members of our member choruses.
Governance Mandate: The GALA Board of Directors will cultivate a culture of inclusiveness, equity, engagement, competence and inquisitiveness. These qualities support the Board’s commitment to the fiduciary, strategic and operational health of the organization.
Programming Mandate: GALA Choruses cultivates artistic, programmatic and management resources for the LGBTQ+ choral movement with a keen focus on social justice and equity. GALA’s own programming— including virtual events, commissions, annual Symposiums, and a quadrennial Festival—is considered innovative and artistically compelling within the GALA movement and peer choral organizations.

We have created working questions for each Board Committee to address what their role and what actions can be taken to accomplish the 5 mandates

We run a lean organization. However, with the assistance of a Professional, GALA Choruses embarked on this process in late 2021 with key members of staff and the board participating on the working strategic committee.

Challenges and Questions have been posed to each board committee with deadlines created throughout 2023


Gala Choruses, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.28 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Gala Choruses, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Gala Choruses, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$183,300 -$204,611 -$327,067 $372,820 $1,899
As % of expenses -47.0% -52.3% -57.8% 81.3% 0.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$186,487 -$207,476 -$329,211 $370,865 $1,164
As % of expenses -47.5% -52.6% -57.9% 80.5% 0.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $206,435 $186,744 $239,223 $831,660 $339,129
Total revenue, % change over prior year -90.1% -9.5% 28.1% 247.7% -59.2%
Program services revenue 17.3% 24.6% 26.7% 76.5% -0.1%
Membership dues 34.9% 38.7% 33.0% 7.9% 18.1%
Investment income 13.8% 0.1% 1.6% 1.0% 8.7%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 34.1% 36.7% 30.6% 12.8% 73.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 8.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $389,735 $391,355 $566,290 $458,840 $337,230
Total expenses, % change over prior year -76.1% 0.4% 44.7% -19.0% -26.5%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 72.1% 71.0% 56.9% 74.3% 87.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.7% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 2.5% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.9% 28.9% 41.2% 22.5% 12.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $392,922 $394,220 $568,434 $460,795 $337,965
One month of savings $32,478 $32,613 $47,191 $38,237 $28,103
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $425,400 $426,833 $615,625 $499,032 $366,068

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 7.0 5.9 33.4 31.9 23.4
Months of cash and investments 7.0 5.9 33.4 31.9 23.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.9 -0.4 -7.2 0.8 1.2
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $227,796 $192,331 $1,576,115 $1,219,107 $656,684
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $32,000 $12,629 $48,321 $40,564 $36,967
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $15,932 $17,050 $17,633 $17,847 $17,847
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 57.7% 70.8% 80.6% 90.6% 94.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 18.0% 94.7% 119.2% 96.5% 93.8%
Unrestricted net assets $198,647 -$8,829 -$338,040 $32,825 $33,989
Temporarily restricted net assets $22,000 $22,000 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $22,000 $22,000 $15,177 $15,177 $15,177
Total net assets $220,647 $13,171 -$322,863 $48,002 $49,166

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No Yes No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

MS Robin Godfrey

Robin is a native of western Pennsylvania and a long-time lover of choral music. Her professional background is in accounting and finance and Robin worked as a financial consultant to GALA Choruses for two years prior to being appointed Executive Director in February 2007.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Gala Choruses, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Ms. Maria-Elena Grant

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation



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