Fundraising Success #30

Fundraising Success #30 Fundraising Success – Issue #30 – Article: “Fundraising Safety”; Supplier Spotlight: “The Discount Printer”; Free ebook: “Decide What You Want To Do”

Issue #30

=>  Kimberly’s Column: “We Have Power!”
=>  Reader Q & A: “Mailbox Unabomber”
=>  Feature Article: “Fundraising Safety”
=>  Supplier Spotlight: “The Discount Printer”
=>  SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Rimmel Lipstick”
=>  Your Ebook: “Decide What You Want To Do”

Kimberly’s Column: “We Have Power!”

Hi everyone!

We finally returned to the 20th century when our power came back
six long, cold days after North Carolina’s worst ice storm ever.

When the lights came back on, I did a darned good imitation of
that Toyota commercial, jumping up and down for several minutes
with a goofy grin on my face.  Sometimes, you just don’t
appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Speaking of gone, the holiday season snuck up so fast that I
only got my tree up yesterday.  Today, it’s the mall crawl!

Gotta go! There’s a whole lot of pent-up shopping demand that’s
built up over the last ten days.  A girl’s got to shop when a
girl’s got to shop…

This issue features my article on “Fundraising Safety”

The Supplier Spotlight is on The Discount Printer.

This month’s Bonus is a sample of Rimmel lipstick. Great for you
or for children’s dress up games.

This month’s ebook is “Decide What You Want To Do” by Mark Victor
Hansen.  Yes, the same fellow who wrote all the “Chicken Soup
for Your…” books.  This one’s about using six quick steps to
develop positive mental goals.  Good stuff!

*—————–Hot Tip——————*

Toys For Tots

Please support the Second Annual Internet Toy Drive.
This is the online version of the Marine Corps famous
“Toys For Tots” program.

My husband and I are among the many sponsors of this
worthwhile program.  Help a deserving child in your
area enjoy a little holiday magic!

*—————–Hot Tip——————*

Readers Q & A: “Mailbox Unabomber”

Question: Kimberly, why haven’t you answered my email – Everyone

Answer: Everyone, sorry once again, but just when I started
getting back into the swing of things, some goofy script kiddie
started bombarding my mailbox with virus attacks. We’re talking
an incoming mail bomb every six seconds.

My geeky husband fixed it, but everything sitting in my inbox
went into quarantine.  I’d reduced the awaiting response pile to
less than twenty, so it wasn’t that bad.  However, If you are
still looking for a reply, please resend.  – Kimberly

You will find my book, Fundraising Success, very helpful in any
fundraising endeavor.

Buy a copy today because I have to pay for all this shopping!
Yours for only $17:
FEATURE ARTICLE: Fundraising Safely

When your group is doing a fundraiser, it is imperative to make
sure that the proper safety precautions are followed.  Never
allow door-to-door sales without direct adult supervision.


In a sad case, an 11-year-old boy selling candy for a PTA
fundraiser came to the door of a 15-year-old boy that was home
alone at the time.  The youngster was invited inside, sexually
molested, and then murdered.

This is not an urban legend. The murder happened in Freehold,
New Jersey on September 27, 1997 and it raised the fundraising
safety issue to national prominence.

I’m not usually an alarmist, but I included the paragraph above
to heighten awareness of the safety topic.  I am by nature a
trusting person, but not when it comes to my children!

Nothing is worth such devastating consequences.

So, how do you build the appropriate safety focus into your
program?  You start by stressing safety from the top of your
organization to the bottom.  You have to make sure that safety
is a focal point in all your communications.

1) Use written selling guidelines
Put it into writing that all selling should be supervised.
Your organization needs this as a protective measure and so do
the children. If an adult cannot commit to accompanying a child,
the child must not perform that type of sales activity.

Make sure that each child’s parents are aware of these
guidelines. Get the message to them that their children are not
being encouraged to sell outside their comfort zone by your

Tell them that they should focus on their core contacts – family,
friends, neighbors, and coworkers of parents.  In other words,
e safe by selling only to individuals who know your parents.

2) Repeat the message
Put up fundraising safety posters at convenient locations to
remind young sellers.  Make them friendly, but firm.  Example:
“What’s the last thing you do in a fundraiser?  Sell without an
adult present.”

Print a safety message on all of your sales literature.  Look for
this from a quality supplier.  Put the “Keep It Safe” message on
all communications.

Repeat the safety message at every opportunity.  Cover it in your
kickoff meeting, during sales brochure distribution, in the take
home package, etc.  If your fundraiser is school-based, have
teachers reinforce the safety message in the classrooms.

3) Put safety into practice
Don’t encourage inappropriate behavior such as risk taking,
unsupervised sales, shopping center sales activity without prior
approval and adult supervision.

Your group’s policies and procedures may vary from this approach.
The important thing is to develop a written policy and make sure
those guidelines are followed.

The best way to avoid an unsafe situation is by not going there.
Many other youth programs also carry a strong safety message.
Make sure yours does too.

Supplier Spotlight: The Discount Printer

(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: The Discount Printer, aka Signature Press
Phone:  (305) 567-9850
Fax: (501) 694-4989

Address: 20001 SW 84 Avenue
City:  Miami
State:  FL
Zip:  33189

Description: Wholesale printed promotional products.  Great for
fundraising. Frisbees, sunglasses, cups and more.  Our wholesale
prices allow a generous mark-up.  It’s a fast and easy way to
raise money.

By putting your school colors or mascot on any item, this
becomes a hot seller. Same with churches, clubs, and many other

Offers extremely low prices:

Color Picture Wall Calendars – $2.39 each for 150 (5 styles to
choose from)

Coffee Mugs – $2.59 each for 100, $1.89 each for 250

Key Tags – $1 each for 100

Custom printed t-shirts for as little as $4.25

Product Lines: Americana, Calendars – Custom, Coffee Mugs, Key
Rings, Logo Products – Clothing, Logo Products – Plastic,
Pens – Personalized, T-Shirts

Terms: Prepay

Notes:  No screen charges or setup charges.  Freight is extra.


Places To Go, Things To See, Bonus Item & More

Life Magazine

Photography from Life from 1936-1972, including the searchable
Covers collection and Classic Pictures. These great photographs
remind us why, before television, Life Magazine and National
Geographic were how we knew what the world looked like.

Places to go:

Animated Atlas

A commercial site, Animated Atlas provides excellent audio-visual
resources for teachers and students of European and American
history.  The resources combine maps and animation to create
short video presentations on such subjects as the growth of the
United States and the First World War.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Great for doing research on broadcast history as it contains a
searchable database of 13,000 television programs, 4,000 radio
programs, 11,000 television commercials, and 4,500 newscasts.
Museum Web site titled The Great Debate that contains video
clips, photos, and newspaper articles that deal with the
televised Presidential debates from the past 40 years.

Your Free Ebook:

This month’s ebook is by Mark Victor
Hansen.  Yes, the same fellow who wrote all the “Chicken Soup
for Your…” books.  64 pages, PDF format, 342kb download.

That’s all for this issue. See you next time.


We’re always interested in hearing what you have to say
about fundraising. We’d love to publish your article, your
question, your success story, or any other relevant topic
or comment.

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Thanks for sharing!
Copyright 2004 Kimberly Reynolds

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