FUNDRAISING ADVICE: For those of you in non profit organizations, your opinions please....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 07, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Wanted to pick your ideas for a few minutes on ideas for fundraising for
    a great organization for which I am a relatively recent Board member. It
    is a men's choral group...

    The Heart of America Men's Chorus.

    With the economy, finances have been tight for the group, which usually presents 3 separate shows (generally at least 2 or 3 performances per show)
    each year. Membership is good and our Board is dedicated. We just completed a "fundraiser sale" (akin to a large garage sale) over this weekend which was reasonably successful (it will be the first annual) and I served as chair of the event.

    We also had another fundraising event at the end of April. It featured a dinner, in which those participating paid to attend the dinner and also had the opportunity to bid in an art auction. It also was reasonably successful.

    I use the word "reasonably" as both can be improved... and we are also looking to have a 3rd fundraiser late this summer or early fall.

    Any ideas on unique ways you have raised funds that catches attention?
    There was some consideration to having a "fireworks" stand for July 4th, but
    that didn't work and I'm not sure how effective that would be given we have
    fireworks tents all over Kansas.

    Ideas? Thanks.
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    Jun 07, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    I have a had considerable success by teaming up with a local wine seller and a local restaurant to organize a special evening of wines and foods paired to each other, with the wine tasting led by the wine store owner. It gives the wine merchant exposure and a chance to highlight some great wines and it also gives the restaurant exposure. We have also found it helpful to ask the restaurant to provide the recipes for the food served (in 'at home' portions) and for the wine merchant to offer the wines tasted for sale either singly or as mixed or un-mixed cases. In your group's case you might even want to think about having the choral group provide some music during the event.

    Best of luck.
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    Jun 09, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    If you have a good auditorium, I'd consider doing a concert and inviting the public. It could be at night - and feature the music of a composer of your choosing.......and have your local symphony as well.

    My university does a regular fund raiser to help undergrads and I take part in it. Recently we did a Gershwin night - a tribute to Ira and George Gershwin. We had the S.F. Symphony and members of the university band. It was black tie - 16 singers - some solos, some duets. Everybody together for the finale - 2300 people in the audience.......all for a good cause. It doesn't have to be black tie - but you could make it a great evening for the city and raise funds at the same time.