There are a number of ways to raise money for a given organization. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to discover them, share about them, and develop them. One idea that I don’t know about personally, because I’ve never done it, is selling goods in exchange for donations. I've been very interested, however, as an additional avenue for Team Sam, so I did some investigating.
The Fundraising Coach seems to believe that selling stuff isn’t a good idea, saying that, “selling things dilutes your brand and potentially confuses your message to donors.” Marc feels that most people fear “taking” money from people as a charitable donation. I admit, I’ve felt this way a few times, especially when it comes to asking people who don’t have a disease to give to our research.
Still, can selling something be worthwhile? When I visited Mazatlan, a city on Mexico’s west coast, I met some missionaries at the Looney Bean, a coffee shop. The coffee shop employed a number of local short-term missionaries, which helped them finance their ministry work. Ok, I can see the benefits of that. And how many of us have ever bought a pie or a cake from a bake sale?
In my heart of hearts, as long as it’s legal, you do whatever you have to do to raise the money that will end this disease. But I want your thoughts…do you sell stuff to raise money? If so, what type of stuff do you sell? If not, why don’t you sell stuff?
11 months ago