Re: What kinds of fund raising?
Steve Plater (SPlater321@AOL.COM)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 16:25:49 -0400
Here are a few notes about fund raising from an English perspective.
I'm not aware of an english equivalent of Popcorn sales (if anyone does,
please let me know). My pack raises money from basically two sources:
subscriptions (Subs), we charge UKP11 (about US$15) per term (three a year)
to all invested cubs; and can collecting, we collect aluminium cans (and
other scrap aluminium if possible) for which we get a regular income of about
UKP30 (US$45) a month. Most of the cans are received from people who put
them in a large dustbin outside our church, which is on a busy shopping
street, so the effort is limited to taking the cans to the scrap merchant
once every two months.
On certain specific occasions, we have been helped by donations from
commercial organisations. For example, last year the local Ford dealership
sponsored our Cub football (soccer) team. They gave us UKP250 (US$375) and
in return their name appears on the team shirts, and they had a photograph of
the team in the local newspaper. They even gave each cub a "Sanderson Ford"
I would be interested to hear people's views about such sponsorship - I
originally had my doubts but the minimal interference we received from the
sponsors led me to think that it is not a bad idea. The boys were excited by
the fact that they had a sponsor, just like "real" football teams :)
Incidentally, I found the sponsor by writing to about 30 companies in the
local area. Many did not reply and only one offered any help, but one was
Another option I have used is to ask for help in kind. We run a
Six-of-the-Month competition with the winning six being treated to a trip to
Ten Pin Bowling or MacDonalds. Both the local bowling alley and MacDonalds
have offered discounts, or even free visits. It costs them little and the
publicity value within the pack is very good.
My last point relates to fund raising for my son's school. By writing to
"attractions" I obtained a large number of free tickets for theme parks,
zoos, museums, etc., which were then auctioned in a "Days Out" Auction.
Again, this is relatively cheap from the "attractions" point of view, they
will probably make the money back in sales of souvenirs, but the tickets have
a significant value for those that bid for them.
I hope that this is of interest to you,
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. For those participating in the "Around the World in Eighty Days" event,
I told my local tourist information centre about it and they gave me some
postcards for it, free!
Cub Scout Leader
3rd Cottingham (Methodist) Scout Group
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City