What do you guys do for fundraising/donations? Our main impound facility is in desperate need of an upgrade, but we don't have it in the budget. We're looking into grants, but we all know how those go. We don't adopt out through our agency, so we only get revenue through impound fees and citations. We work a huge county (2200 square miles!) and our budget is just not cutting it. We've also had a ton of cruelty cases lately, and our cost of care fees have been less than ideal. Just looking for any clever ideas other agencies have done, or any advise!
Hi Heather. Since you are a government facility, check into your area Planning Commission (you must have one). They usually are pretty good at getting state or federal grant money. Otherwise, I would start by taking photos of the areas that need upgrading, so you can show people why you need money. Then start a publicity campaign with area newspapers and TV stations to educate the public. Set up a special bank account for donations, so people will know their donations will not get spent on soft drinks and chips or raises for the staff. Start a social-media solicitation campaign (if you don't have a Facebook account, start one). You can hold special events, too. Hallowe'en is not far off; maybe something connected to that?
How about an on-line auction. I did one back in April for the rescue I volunteer with and I got people to donate new and like new items. I had some businesses donate services (salon donated a facial, massage, gift cards) . I collected 130 items and auctioned them off and raised almost $4700. All the things were donated so it was all profit.
That is wonderful! Did you use one of those auction platforms, or facebook, or what? Did you set a minimum value on donated items? What was the hardest thing about it?I want to do one.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
------------------------------Laura Buckland-FitzbergerVolunteerUPSOriginal Message:Sent: 08-18-2023 09:39 AMFrom: Charlotte CraigSubject: Fundraising Ideas
I created an event on Facebook. Most of the items donated i set the minimum value at $5 or $10...The higher ticketed items were more. For instance i had someone donate their tickets to a pre-season NFL football game so I started that item off at $100. I think the hardest part for me was getting all the items delivered after they were auctioned off. People wanted me to meet them places or at the shelter and that was 30 miles away. I had a blast doing it though, It was fun taking pictures and loading into Canva and writing up descriptions. I am doing another one in October. I did learn some things and will do some things a little differently like offer shipping so that more people can participate. I hope to get double the items this next time too. Any other questions you have, just let me know
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I guess it really depends on the person donating. Some may not mind but others may feel like hey I donated this item and I really don't have time to get a box, package it up and get it to the post office , pay the shipping with insurance just in case it gets damaged. You probably could do a poll and see what people think. I would also worry that the person doesn't ship it out timely and the winner may get frustrated. I personally like to see all the items to be sure nothing is broke, cracked, torn, etc. Also if you do it that way you have no control of making sure the winner gets their items unless you have the donor send you tracking...lot to keep track of in my opinion but it's a personal preference
You seem to be writing off the idea of grants, but they are relatively less work than fundraisers and possible to get large grants. In Michigan, the ag dept has grants for shelters.
I believe that if shelters/rescue would post a "WISH LIST" on their sites that they would see some action here. Folks can then easily go to Amazon, order, and be done.
We have wish lists on Amazon and Chewy, would say both get utilized, but Chewy does not tell you who sent the items.
Hi Heather! I would definitely look into grants as there are many for improvement projects. I would also look to other city departments for help (ask Parks & Rec). As far as fundraisers, some ideas:
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