Dear friends of ATOP and Meaningful World,
The Peace Alliance fundraising model, has been adopted and personalized for you by Meaningful World. Why is Meaningfulworld endorsing the Peace Department? The Peace Alliance initiative, rather than supporting the war effort, can be instrumental in pushing through Bill 808. This could mean $8.5 Billion allowing development and support of nonviolent education in this country. Won’t you join us? Please read carefully the text below and thus – see how you can unify in peace to create a MeaningfulWorld and make a difference in your community locally and globally!
Dr. Ani Kalayjian, Founder
FUNDRAISING TIPS AND POINTERS
Source: Support The Peace Alliance–Campaign for a Department of Peace, available at: www.thepeacealliance.org
Fundraising is a critical component of any successful undertaking; from hosting a birthday celebration, a movie night, or private spa party, to building a new library, for a maintaining a political campaign etc. Fundraising, however, is often an area of volunteer work that many people shy away from. Since most people have not liked the experiences they have had of being asked for money, they do not want to stimulate similar discomfort (guilt, embarrassment, obligation etc) with their friends, family and associates. Their relationships and the depth of their connections are too important.
We would like you to consider learning how to ask people well! To ask in a way that is respectful, inspiring and gives the freedom of full choice to the potential donor.
One way that everyone can help is to contribute their own financial gift, at whatever level works for them. Increasing the number of people who donate monthly is essential for us to create the stability and foundation for a sustained campaign for fostering a meaningful, peaceful, and just world. Remember that this change could take many years. But when disaster or trauma strikes there is no warning, and preparedness is a virtue. A financial base will give this campaign the persistence required for success…before it’s too late.
But let’s start at the beginning. Are you and your family willing to become a MeaningfulWorld member and donate a fixed amount monthly at a level that is both fiscally responsible and makes you happy? As a business sponsor there are varied opportunities Gold____ Platinum____ Silver ____
Membership per individual per year is 25.00. You will receive a Quarterly Newsletter, announcements on health and welfare, invitations to related events.
Before anyone can fundraise for a cause, they must begin with themselves. Once you have settled this question for yourself you can begin to ask others to join you. Money is powerful in bringing ideas to fulfillment. Without funds, countless great ideas and dreams have died. Building a financial base for this campaign is critical to our success.
Each friend of MeaningfulWorld is invited to explore how he or she can forward our goal of reaching a minimum of 5 monthly donors and sponsors in any of the following capacities.
Outline of fundraising strategies
A. One-to-one campaign
i. Each person in the team sign up themselves/and or family member(s)
ii. Each also commits to signing up one, two, three, five, or ten other people
iii. Make a list of 4 X the number of donors you intend to recruit.
iv. Send each of them an email or snail mail note that you would like a time to talk or meet with them about your work in the MeaningfulWorld.
1. I usually say: “ We both have certain interests and values I would like to meet with you about what things we are each involved with and see if there is overlap and if so, how we might work together to forward our common goals. How does that sound to you?”
B. Host a fundraising party in your home or office and invite neighbors and colleagues.
i. Make a invitation list. Use your address book and email address book so you don’t forget anyone.
ii. Set a date that works for you and allows you time to invite people well in advance.
iii. Send out email and/or written invitations or facebook, twitter etc (see www.evite.com)
iv. Confirm everyone by phone or in person, using the invitation only to let them know you will be reaching them.
v. Create an agenda for the evening with open time for connecting.
1. Pick a film from our Curriculum listing, something moving to you and rent it from Netflix for a fun movie night.
2. Ask people to become MeaningfulWorld members –while they have the papers in their hands. Make it possible for them to use your computer and sign up that night. From the front of the room you want to be sure that someone asks, that there are people collecting forms in the room.
C. Cultivate a major donor
i. Identify someone in your network who has larger giving potential.
ii. Take a packet of information to this person and ask them to have a discussion with you about joining our efforts.
iii. Set a date to talk with them.
iv. Get coached to make this process the most productive it can be
D. Host a larger fundraising event.
i. Create a team of people that will host a fundraising event from 50 + people and a target of raising a mininum of $50 per person or more.
ii. We also can provide you and your team with a personal coach to plan and implement a larger event. If you are planning an event contact Georgina for further suggestions.
Fundraising is about sharing our dream of a Meaningful, Peaceful, and Just world. It is about finding those with whom we share this dream and invite them to own it and invest in it with their time, energy, reputation and generosity.
When hardship strikes, loss and trauma disrupts and changes the quality of life as we know it ….it makes one aware how valuable life is. But why wait till then? How much would ATOP and Meaningful World be worth to you at that time? What do you think about that now and why wait? We can create the world we want with our hard earned energy. Do not wait to announce and acknowledge what is meaningful. Do it today!
Ask yourself…Ask your friends…
What is meaningful in your world?
TODAY is Meaningful
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