In the real estate business we certainly do our share of prospecting to earn a living. We also tend to have a very supportive and giving nature so when people ask for help we lend assistance. Since I began running a few years ago my name has hit the list of supporters for most of the charity runs in my area. Typically a 5k draws hundreds of runners each paying their entry fee to support whatever charity is sponsoring the event.
Each season the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sends me a recruitment flyer to learn more about their Team in Training and this year I decided to attend the informational session. Since I was planning to run the Fairfield Half Marathon again I thought it would be nice to run with a group and help raise money for the society. When I learned that the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Sand Diego was the biggest fundraiser for blood cancer I decided to go for the big one - 26.2 Miles.
In addition to four months of endurance training I am responsible for raising money for the society to remain on the team. My first mailing of 300 letters had a donation rate of about 10% so I need to come up with more fundraising ideas.
Since I have only supported others and never been the organizer of a fundraiser I'm not sure what works best. I have about 3-1/2 months to raise the money but only about a month and a half before I need to personally guarantee the funds with my credit card. My target is to have most of the funds donated by April 1, 2008. In the meantime I will continue to market my SOI with plans of bringing that donation rate up closer to 50%. Lets hope I don't need to get physical and put out my own fundraising video..... But I do have some stock photos...! LOL
So... Enlighten me with suggestions... The more details the better, I am clueless about regulations that cover things like raffles, car washes, bake sales and all that stuff. If you don't have any good ideas you could always toss in a few bucks...