Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fundraising: A New Plan

We've had our donation page open for about a month now and the donations have been slower than we had hoped.  I know that in this economic climate not everyone has money to give away for nothing and so we've been thinking about different ways to try and encourage assistance.  A few friends suggested a raffle and we spent some time weighing the pros and cons of doing one and if we did, what sort of "prize" we might use.  We decided on alcohol... I wasn't too sure about this at first, thinking it was hardly appropriate given that the money will ultimately go towards IVF treatments, but then I noticed that all the local kids sports clubs and even some local school fundraisers have some kinds of alcohol prizes in the mix.  Besides... we know our audience and our family, both work and blood, are definitely going to be more interested in alcohol than just about anything else we can afford to come up with.

We decided to put together this cool mini bar.  It's a box that opens up into a bar, contains two tumblers and shot glasses and coasters and then multiple mini bottles of booze.  It's really super cute and I haven't seen anything like this around before.  It has actually generated a bunch of interest and people are definitely more keen to drop some money on a chance that they might win something.  I also feel less shy to ask people to buy raffle tickets than I am to ask people to give me money for nothing.  I feel less like a beggar. :)

So far all I've done is posted a picture on FB and printed 2 small black and white (not great) fliers to share with people at work.  We've raised an additional $180 just in 24 hours so that's pretty good. We still have a LONG way to go to reach the needed $15,000 but every little bit helps. A lot of people have told me that they're waiting on pay day on Friday so I will keep you updated.

1 comment:

  1. Freija! That is BRILLIANT! I love it!!!! Fabulous idea! Please let me know how it goes!