Seascout-Net Mail Archive for November of 1998: Fundraising and recruiting
Fundraising and recruiting
Tue Nov 03 23:31:52 1998
Have not seen this topic, so here goes.
First - Money
What is everyone doing to attract money? Other than the obvious of
surplus equipment sales, rummage sales, car washes and
FOr the last few years our major fundraiser has been to have a food
booth at the local yearly carnival. This event has only turned about
$500 profit each year. The problem is that it takes a $500 investment
and about 200 man hours over 5 days. Not to mention all the items that
we have to borrow (bar-b-q, fridge, tables etc). Biggest problem is
that the group that sponsors the event take all commers and you end up
with about 20 food booths with about an even split between community
groups and businesses.
One other option at the carnival is a game booth. Start up investment
is only $150.00 but the profit potential is pretty small and you still
have the man hours involved.
We found that we can do a car wash on a weekend afternoon and get about
$175.00 for a few short hours worth of effort and no real pre-planning
other than scheduling.
Now onto recruiting - I have always maintained that the best recruiting
is an active and visable program. So far that has been the only
We are lucky that our council provides us with a "drop list". This is a
list of boys that left a troop and is based on recharters. We then take
this list and download it into a data base and sort by birthdate. We
also add names that we pick up along the way. A few weeks before the
prospects b-day, we send a flyer and assign to a crewmember to
follow-up. We get a small positive response from this. The most
difficult part is getting the assigned crew member to do the follow-up.
We try to hold about 2-3 first nighters annually, with about 2% of the
invitees showing up (flyers without calls), and about 25% trying us out.
We are fortunate that our local paper publishes just about everything
that we submit, so we are very visable and have received some members
Within about 2 months we can usually tell if they are going to last.
Our Boatswains Mate suggested a 90 probationary period, where we try
them out and they try us out. Anyone ever tried this???
Another complicating issue is that we are in a city of about 100,000
that is farily affluent. In most families both parents work and commute
some distance. We are adjacent to a major city (Los Angeles).
Is that enought info???? Hope so. Ideas, comments?
Ventura Council CA