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  • 1.  Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 15 days ago

    We were contacted by a pet photographer who wanted to do a fundraiser for an animal nonprofit. We did nothing to cultivate it -- all we did was say "Yes!"

    I just wanted to share the idea, and I would also love any thoughts for how to make the most of it!

    Instead of March Madness, we are doing "Pooch Playoffs." The photographer will do pet photography sessions for 16 dogs in February, and then they will be pitted against each other "tournament-style" during March in a social media contest. To enter the competition, pooch parents are asked to pay $99 for a 1-hour photography session. In return, they each get a 5x7 metal print of their pet and a goodie bag. The winner will receive a prize basket from a local pet store. Proceeds will be donated to Pawster Nashville, our nonprofit.


    #FundraisingandDevelopment

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    Gabe Horton
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  • 2.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 14 days ago

    Hi Gabe ... I worked with a street dog rescue locally that puts on a pet portraits' fundraiser that does exceptionally well! Particularly useful if you have a large volunteer base including kids!

    How it worked:

    For a $30 donation (or whatever price you decide) a person will get a personalized portrait of their pet from a  creative & talented volunteer  OR  by a junior.  Either way, they're really adorable and popular!
    How it works:
    Supporters purchase a portrait and send their best photo to be assigned to an "artist"
    Each photo is assigned to an artist with a deadline to complete and return to the buyer.
    Delivery can be done by mail (at artist's cost), hand-delivery, or picked up.
    EZ PZ. Wish I could remember how much it earned...but want to say at least $1k
    Hope this is inspiring! This is one someone did of my Rainbow Bridge dog Rosie


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    Kim Kehoe
    Development Coordinator
    Humane Society of the Ochocos
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  • 3.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 13 days ago
    I really love this. Another tie-in might be with the local arts council or commission, to find volunteer artists to create these pet portraits. Maybe the funds could be split between the two organizations? In a perfect world, the artists would volunteer their work. Collaborations are always nice.

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    J.B. Lee
    Writer
    Reach Rescue
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  • 4.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 12 days ago
    Volunteers LOVED doing these...we never paid a dime for postage, supplies, time or anything!

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    Kim Kehoe
    Development Coordinator
    Humane Society of the Ochocos
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  • 5.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 12 days ago
    I am currently organizing a fundraiser similar to this with a local high school. The art department has agreed to have the art 2 students paint the customer's pet's portrait. The medium will be decided depending on when the fundraiser falls this semester. We are still in the "working out the details" phase; however, I have the graphics design class on board for creating the advertisements, and there is some talk of getting the computer teacher on board for the website where customers will be able to purchase the art. We are looking at doing a maximum of 50 prints, having them printed in 8x10, and mailing them to the customer for a price of $35. All proceeds will go towards a spay/neuter fund.

    This is the first time I have organized a fundraiser, so I am nervous about pulling it all together. I really want to make sure it is a success for the kids and, of course, for our organization to be able to help more cats.

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    Tiffiny Suter
    Volunteer
    Stillwater Cat Haven
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  • 6.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 12 days ago
    It's really quite simple and just requires good organization! Use a spreadsheet to track orders, assignments, and completion/delivery.  Ask for photos of the finished work and tracking or delivery info.  If you see any that are really not great, assign another artist and send both! If you have any specific questions...happy to answer!

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    Kim Kehoe
    Development Coordinator
    Humane Society of the Ochocos
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  • 7.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hi Gabe,
    What a great idea! This looks super fun too. Did yall consider including cats in the contest as well? Or half hour sessions versus a full hour? I'm not familiar with the cats community in your area but where I am we know many cat parents that do enjoy pet portrait sessions for a good cause. Just food for thought. Best of luck with the fundraiser!

    Cheers,
    Erin

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    Erin Ellebracht
    Volunteer
    Cat Care Society
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  • 8.  RE: Pet Photography Fundraiser

    Posted 12 days ago
    This is a great idea! I am going to ask the photographer who takes our adoption photos if she might be willing to do that this year.  Thank you for shairng!

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    Marci Bowling
    Watching Over Whiskers
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