July 22nd, 2010
|02:11 pm - Fundraising thoughts|
I am beginning to think that it is time for our Grove to embark on a fundraising campaign. Some ideas I've had run a pretty wide gamut from "simple" to "complicated," and from "duh!" to "can we do that?"
Anyway, that's just some thoughts I wanted to get "out there" so I'd be able to reference back on them.
- Selling candles kindled from the Grove's Kildare flame that have been blessed in a ritual.
- Taking a suggested donation ($5, $10?) for the Anagantios Druid Moon (where our Priests do house blessings through the day). At 10 houses, the Grove could pull in $100 if everyone gave $10, and we typically see 12-15 houses at this point.
- Silicone bracelets that have one of our favourite Grove slogans on them: maybe a multi-coloured orange/yellow/red one that says "May You Pray With a Good Fire" or one with "WWJD? (What Would Jenni Do?)"
- Cleanup Pledges: get people to pledge to donate X amount per pound of trash cleaned up. I know just where to go to find several hundred pounds of trash, and we'd get some community service out of it.
- Donation drive. For this, we'd need a specific purpose. I like to suggest the "roof fund" because all legitimate churches are constantly collecting for their old roof. Just because we don't actually have a roof doesn't mean that we won't in the future!
- Selling bricks or other engraved items to be eventually placed on Grove land. Without a current space for them, selling bricks on a walkway or engraved plaques on a wall seems somewhat pointless, but I suspect it might actually work on some level, if we used them specifically for a land fund.
- Estate giving. This is really long-term, but not so long term that we shouldn't be thinking about it anyway (and doing stuff about it!).
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Yeah, the IRS rules on targeted donations are somewhat problematic when it comes to the roof fund idea. It's more of a running joke in church stewardship articles. Everyone seems to be constantly raising money to repair their roof :)
Btw, love the icon. it's very nice.
I think that, the more we think on fundraising, the more help we'll need. I am *always* interested in help from people with experience. :)
Your "roof fund" could be for putting a roof over your heads as well!
Haha. It could, but we'd have to phrase it very carefully. The IRS rules are crazy when it comes to targeted donations :)
Depending on the cost, I would definitely buy several WWJD bracelets and give them to... oh, you, for example. :P
(You HAVE to promise to wear it, though!)
We ask that question somewhat regularly around here :)
I <3 you and the Cranes. :)
Stone Creed Grove has had less success with "suggested donations for x" than with raffles. Passing the hat at ritual usually comes up with $25-$50; a raffle usually brings in around $300. Our model is to have several core members of the grove (core meaning those who choose to do so!) bringing in donated items of some pagan interest (candles/incense, seed kits, Greenman/Sun/Moon etc. decorations, crafted ritual items, etc.); sometimes they are reallocation of unused items and sometimes items bought on sale (and reimbursed by grove funds - but less than $50 total) and sometimes items crafted by grove members (or donated by vendors - we ask for a high-profit-margin item of the vendor's choosing). We sell tickets with the following price break:
$1 = 1 ticket
$5 = 6 tickets
$10 = 13 tickets
$20 = 27 tickets
Those that can afford it generously donate $20 and tend to win more often, but we still have winners amongst the single ticket holders. We have folks of various means, and this is the most inclusive method we've found to get everyone involved in financially supporting the grove.
as it stands, we're already paying $60/year dues and then another $60 (plus food) for the festival we help run. That's $120/year.
The candles thing to be available to the general pagan public, that'd probably be okayfine. (The bracelets are just landfill clutter.)