Fundraising Success #21 Fundraising Success – Issue #21 – Article: “The Rented Room”; Supplier Spotlight: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; Free ebook: “Start Your Internet Business Right”
=> Kimberly’s Column
=> Reader Q & A
=> Feature Article: “The Rented Room” (you’ll love it)
=> Supplier Spotlight: “Krispy Kreme Doughnuts”
=> SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Club Med Fragrance”
=> Your Ebook: “Start Your Internet Business Right”
Hope you’re doing well. We finally got some much-needed rain
here in Raleigh. Of course, it unfortunately arrived right
during our elementary school’s Family Picnic Night.
Go figure that there’s no rain for months and then the sky opens
up like a Biblical Flood!
Now that things have dried out a little, it’s time to focus
on the upcoming holidays. Don’t forget that you can build
excellent fundraisers around Halloween pumpkins, Thanksgiving
turkeys, or Christmas wreaths.
The keys to these timely (and short) fundraisers are location,
publicity, and location. Grab a high-traffic location and
promote like mad. Take orders during the pre-delivery phase
and use your choice location for deliveries and spur-of-the-
In case you’re wondering why I’m tossing in a two-paragraph
fundraising tip in my column, it’s because This month’s article
isn’t really about fundraising.
This month’s article is a real tearjerker (the feel-good kind)
about a little old man who shows up to rent a room. It’s a tale
of compassion, dignity, and why we should help those in need.
I hope it touches you as much as it touched me!
The Supplier Spotlight is on Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They’ve
been helping fundraisers with doughnuts and gift certificates
Of course, having the world’s best, hot glazed doughnuts has
absolutely nothing to do with why I love them!
This month’s Bonus is a sample from Club Med Fragrances. Choose
Club Med for Her or Club Med for Him. Very nice perfume and
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Readers Q & A: What’s On Your Mind?
Question: I’m looking for a fundraiser to help my church dance
team and choir. – Earline Savoy
Answer: Earline, I don’t know if you’ve read the articles on the
website or not. If you have, then some of this will be a little
You want three things in your fundraiser:
1 – A high-quality product or service that your supporters will
2 – A high-traffic location for reaching the most people.
3 – A high-profit product or service to maximize your bottom
Here’s a straightforward way to do it.
1 – Select your offering – fast food discount cards, candles,
scratch cards, etc.
2 – Approach local supermarket managers for permission to have a
fundraising table outside their entrance one Saturday. Continue
asking until you have four locations. Divide your group up into
two-hour shifts. Have your product there for immediate sale.
3 – Make sure the product or service you offer is high-quality as
well as high-profit and people will be glad to help.
Candles have 50-60% profit and discount cards 80% profit. Both of
these appeal to a wide range of potential supporters.
Good luck! – Kimberly
Most of this is explained in my book, Fundraising Success,
along with lots of other useful fundraising techniques.
FEATURE ARTICLE: The Rented Room
Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance
of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and
rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the clinic.
One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at
the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. “Why,
he’s hardly taller than my eight-year-old,” I thought as I
stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing
was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.
Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, “Good evening. I’ve come
to see if you’ve a room for just one night. I came for a
treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there’s no
bus ’till morning.”
He told me he’d been hunting for a room since noon but with no
success; no one seemed to have a room. “I guess it’s my face.
I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more
For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: “I
could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves
early in the morning.”
I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch. I
went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I
asked the old man if he would join us. “No thank you. I have
plenty.” And he held up a brown paper bag.
When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk
with him a few minutes. It didn’t take a long time to see that
this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body.
He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her
five children and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from
a back injury.
He didn’t tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other
sentence was prefaced with a thanks to God for a blessing.
He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was
apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him
the strength to keep going.
At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children’s room for him.
When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded,
and the little man was out on the porch.
He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus,
haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, “Could I please
come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won’t put
you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair.”
He paused a moment and then added, “Your children made me feel at
home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don’t seem
to mind.” I told him he was welcome to come again.
And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the
morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the
largest oysters I had ever seen.
He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that
they’d be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4 a.m., and I
wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.
In the years he came to stay overnight with us there was never a
time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from
Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special
delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach
or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk
three miles to mail these and knowing how little money he had
made the gifts doubly precious.
When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a
comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first
morning. “Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I
turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!”
Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But, oh! If only they
could have known him, perhaps their illness would have been
easier to bear. I know our family always will be grateful to
have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the
bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.
Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse. As she
showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all,
a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms.
But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty
bucket. I thought to myself, “If this were my plant, I’d put it
in the loveliest container I had!”
My friend changed my mind. “I ran short of pots,” she explained,
“and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it
wouldn’t mind starting out in this old pail. It’s just for a
little while, till I can put it out in the garden.”
She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was
imagining just such a scene in heaven. “Here’s an especially
beautiful one,” God might have said when he came to the soul of
the sweet old fisherman. “He won’t mind starting in this small
All this happened long ago – and now, in God’s garden, how tall
this lovely soul must stand. The Lord does not look at the
things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but
the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)
Friends are very special. They make you smile and encourage you
to succeed. They lend an ear and they share a word of praise.
Show your friends how much you care. Pass this on, and brighten
Nothing will happen if you don’t. But, if you do, someone might
smile – because of you.
Supplier Spotlight: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)
Supplier: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Phone: (336) 733-3786
Fax: (336) 733-3791
Address: 370 Knollwood Street, Suite 500
Description: Raise money selling fresh doughnuts for schools,
churches, clubs, or organizations.
Has three different programs:
“Krispy Kreme Traditional Doughnut Sales” – Perfect for the
fund-raising needs of schools, clubs, churches, and other
non-profit organizations. Doughnuts are made fresh and
packaged by the dozen in special fund-raising boxes.
Customers buy them by the box and your profit is generally
50% or more per box. Pricing and availability will vary.
Contact your local Krispy Kreme Store for pricing.
“Gift Certificates” – They are an alternative to actual product
sales. Customers redeem each certificate for one dozen
Original Glazed Doughnuts at any participating Krispy Kreme
retail shop. Certificates give your customers the option to
help your organization and pick up their doughnuts at their
convenience. Minimum order required.
“Partnership Cards” – Allows customers to get a free dozen
Original Glazed Doughnuts with the full price purchase of any
dozen of their choice. Ten punch slots allow the customer up
to 10 free dozen with the purchase of 10 dozen.
Limit of 3 free dozen per visit with the purchase of 3 dozen.
Pricing allows for 50% profit for each card sold.
Program availability varies by market and cards may not be
valid in all Krispy Kreme locations. Minimum order required.
Product Lines: Doughnuts, Food Items, Gift Certificates
Notes: Very helpful to fundraisers since 1937.
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Places to go:
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Things to see:
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Your monthly Ebook:
This month it’s by Chris
Malta. He outlines proven strategies for setting up your own
Internet business. Complete details, 502kb download, PDF.
That’s all for this issue. See you next time.
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