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  1. :confused: When you are contacting an organization, like a non-profit that offers services to cancer patients, how are you proposing they do the fundraiser? Are you asking their employees to get orders from friends, or their employees to order for themselves, to make it an event they have at their location, etc? What seems to work the best? I know that for Relay for Life, the teams and individuals will be raising the money, but just for a regular non-profit, how are you guys approaching it? Thanks!!!
     
  2. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

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    Hello! I am hosting a fundraiser for Zonta, a women's organization, of which, I'm a member. I am doing a Cooking Show and members are bringing guests. I also gave the chair about 10 catalogs and order forms for those who couldn't make it.

    I personally, like the approach of a Cooking Show, in order to get some shows and possible recruits. For a cancer organization you could always do a show to promote healthier living, if you do a little research.

    For a catalog show, it could be anyone who would like to support the organization: Employees, clients, family members. Cancer is something that everyone has had impact their life. Find out if the organization has a mailing list. You could always send out a postcard to people to see if they would support the group. I know some consultants would say that's the job of the group, but sometimes a little boost is all they need. Also, keep in mind, those lists have more than just patients on it. They usually also have supporters of the organization--those who make donations. It could also be something you use in the future for mailings.

    I hope this helped. Let me know if you need anything else!
     
    Feb 17, 2006
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  3. Supporters?

    This organization (www.conquering-cancer.com) has several supporters in the community, one being a huge medical group. Is it appropriate to approach them about the fundraiser? I guess I should speak with the lady that runs the whole thing and ask her for their info, that way I can say she gave it to me and I wasn't just calling out of the blue. The group is actually the largest private oncology/hematology practice in the Southeast and a national leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. They have TONS of employees and it could really help to get their support. I guess I am just wondering if it is appropriate since they are already sponsors. What I would LOVE to do is drop off a catalog in each department/office. They have 25 offices, 30+ doctors and almost 400 employees!
     
  4. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

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    I don't think there is anything wrong with you "lending a helping hand" and contacting offices on their behalf. Certainly talk to the lady and see what she says. Definately drop off some catalogs and outside order forms, if its ok. You may also be contacted for more catalogs. People really want to help others, they just need to find that reason or the means. Depending how long this will go, you know PC does the Help Whip Cancer Campaign. Its a perfct tie-in.

    Don't take this the wrong way, but I have been involved with NUMEROUS charities, and many times people who have the money (the big money) to sponsor are just looking for a more creative way to make a donation: like silent auctions, or dinners, whatever. And your funadraiser is going to accomplish a number of things: It wll introduce the organization to people who may not already know about it (if you have a website, put the show on it), its going to get them more non-traditional sources for funds, people who may not usually donate, and its going to have a ripple effect to help people who really need it and I'm sure you can think of many other benefits for the organization. It could become an annual thing for them.
     
    Feb 18, 2006
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