Seascout-Net Mail Archive for November of 1998: Fundraising and recruiting -Reply
Fundraising and recruiting -Reply
Wed Nov 04 07:07:25 1998
Mr. Trouillon asked about a few topics of interest, so I'll reply:
Benefits of a Ship's Web Page: Our web designer graduated, so we've lost our
page, but when we had it, it was an effective recruiting tool (hey, check out our web
page), communication device (we kept our calander on it), and even fundraiser.
Someone was surfing the web randomly, found us, and decided his local ship (us)
would make a good home for his sailboat. He called me and we picked up a nice
little dinghy, all because of our web page.
Fundraising: We've had great success with a biennial yard sale at our sponsoring
church. If you've got a strong organizer, the ship can spend about a week or two of
effort picking things up and advertising and make over $2000. One year we made
nearly $4000! We supplement that with car washes which range from $150 to $800
and an occassional boat sale. The secret to car washes is to have it at a very
visible location. A gas station in our area allows groups to sign up for car washes
every weekend, so everyone in town knows there'll be one every Saturday and
Sunday. The waiting list for securing the location is months long, but it pays!
Wouldn't we love to be endowed? I don't think so. My experience with life
(bolstered by Peace Corps) has taught me that if you don't have to work for
something, it has no value. Even if we could support our program fully with large
financial donations and/or boat sales, I would still recommend having the kids do
some work such as car washes to earn some of the funding. That makes the
program theirs and give them more sweat equity beyond that collected thought work
on the vessels.
I have nothing to add on recruiting - I think you've summed up our approach at ship
1942 in Arlington.