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Friday, May 18, 2012

776. How To Raise Money For Lots of People Super Easily

My sons’ school (Crazy Town Elementary) had a black tie fundraiser the other night.  We didn’t really feel like going, but we had already bought tickets, so we went anyway because we did not want to waste the money.

We arrived early, went to the check-in/ registration table, and picked up our nametags.  As usual, my name was misspelled (MVO).  I let it slide.   I thought it might be fun listening to people mispronounce my name all night.    
I noticed right away that there was a raffle with prizes.  The prizes were:  a winery tour (!), a pearl and diamond necklace (!!), an iPad, a two night hotel stay at the Hyatt (where the event was being held), a day at a local spa, and many others.  You were allowed to buy as many tickets as you liked, but the tickets cost $50 each.  I thought about buying half a ticket and doing a time share with someone if I found out I won the necklace (“You can have the necklace on days with no letter ‘R’ in them”).

I started thinking about how much those prizes must have cost for the businesses to donate them.  The program for the evening proclaimed the prizes to have a combined total value of $25,000.  There were approximately 200 of us at the event, at a price of $200 per ticket.  I am guessing that the dinner itself (a pasta buffet) actually cost around $100/ each, which leaves the school to profit at $100 per person, or $20,000 overall.  The lady in charge of the raffles told me they were hoping to raise at least $5000 in ticket sales.    
I tapped The Husband on the elbow (he is tall, so his shoulder is pretty much out of tapping range for me).  “Sweetie!  If the prizes are worth $25,000, why don’t local businesses who gave the prizes just give money, use it as a tax donation, and I can stay home and not spend a penny!” 


MOV’s great plan 


Before (the old way of doing things): 






New Improved Way: 




 
I know:  I’m a genius.  I think I get it from my kids.      

"MVO"

37 comments:

  1. You are obviously in the wrong business, you should go into fund raising!
    Great job.
    Di

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  2. Ha! We've got one of those fundraiser dealies next weekend. Nowhere near as fancy as yours though - Crazytown Elementary North will be expecting me to pay $80 for the privilege of carting home a basket filled with breakfast cereal (or similar). But at least I can go in running shoes and yoga pants.

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    1. (Or would that be Crazytown North Elementary?)

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    2. You get to go in yoga pants? I'm jealous.

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  3. Stealing for my next blog: How fund raisers really work.

    Dont' want you to get huffy or anything, but son's school annual black tie gave out close to 300,000 with an expensive deluxe car on the list, usually donated by the car family that attended the school. We were all tasked with selling 10 tickets which at the end I believe were 100 dollars apiece. You just wrote the check and sent it in. Never won a darn thing.

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  4. Forgot something, when they donate the item they get to claim the actual retail price of the item, not the real price they paid for the item. So the pearl and diamond necklace that the jeweler paid 200 bucks for but will say is worth 2000 dollars, gets a 2000 dollar tax relief for charity. Actual value if you are a friend of the jeweler, 400 dollars.

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    1. aha, I KNEW there was a loophole there somewhere!

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  5. That is a BRILLIANT idea! Wonder why people don't use it?

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    1. Thanks! See? I am full of it (I mean brilliant ideas, that is what I meant).

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  6. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to forward your post to my kids' school's superintendent. And by "forward" I mean "print out, tie to brick, and deliver via front window." Allegedly.

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    1. ha! I should do the same thing! No one I know knows that I write a blog, right? Just because I have a vanity license plate that says, "GOT BLOG" that doesn't mean anything.........

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  7. I've been on the other side of school fundraisers and they're a lot of fun that way ;-).... definitely more interesting being on the taking in money side - rather than the handing out!

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    1. I prefer the other side that is not inside or outside: the side right next to some good ol' reruns of "Will and Grace." Bliss..........

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  8. Genius indeed! I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award!

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    1. Thank you! And for you, I have a ticket to a little fundraiser if you happen to be free.........

      wait, where are you going? and so fast!!!!

      best,
      MOV

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  9. Another one of life's conundrums which you have exposed. Good job with that remote. ":)

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    1. Raymond, Glad I could be of service. Now if they were only auctioning off Bonsai trees........

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  10. This is a brilliant plan. Have you proposed this to your kids' school yet? Hurry before some other parent thinks of it and steals your thunder.

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    1. I must sent it in anonymously. That way, they will KNOW it was me for sure.

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  11. That is usually what we do. Donate or buy all the candy bars so we won't have to drive door to door selling them!

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    1. I just need the school to figure out the 100% success rate fundraiser: WINE. Yeah, I am good for a case (or two).

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  12. Your way makes much more sense! When kids come to me asking for me to buy stuff for a fundraiser, I often just give them the money rather than buying whatever it is they are selling.

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    1. I am going to adopt your method. "Here's 10 bucks, kid, keep the (wrapping paper/ cookie dough/ magazine subscriptions/ choose one)." HA!

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  13. Not bad, but don't forget that people love dressing up for a good ol fashioned gambling opportunity, and spending way more money than the business donation is worth in the process.

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    1. I would like to dress up, but I have nothing that exciting to wear anymmore. My super cute clothes went on strike and abandoned my closet about the same time my figure did (circa 2003.......... coincidentally, the year I had my first son, Tall!).

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  14. Hi there! I vowed that I would visit all the bloggers who participated in the A to Z blog and here I am keeping my promise...;0)

    Lovely blog...good luck with the rest of the year!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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    1. Donna, thank you so much for stopping by! I checked out your blog, and really liked it. :)

      and which Power Ranger would Muse be?????????

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  15. Excellent idea!! That's how it should be!
    But they just want exposure, free advertising... company so and so gave money, or sponsored prizes! If they gave the money quietly, how would anyone know how generous they are.... *sarcasm*

    Roadtrip: On my way from A all the way to Z!
    English Speaking Zone

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  16. I SO totally agree. This is brilliant, and how fundraisers would be so much BETTER! Having just finished our school fundraiser, I'm.... so tired.

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    1. you desrve a nap, Sandra. And a new pearl and diamond necklace. Or perhaps a day at the spa........

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  17. Could you set up a fundraiser for me? Scousewife's Family Fund. That will work beautifully. :-)

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    1. hmmmm. You always think of these things, Couse.

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  18. I've had this exact conversation with both my daughter and my husband when her school sends home the $30 cookie dough buckets or magazine subscription crap.
    "How about, instead of guilting our family and friends into spending $50 on crap and when you only get $2 from it, why don't we all just send the school $20 directly. No harm, no foul. Everyone wins!"
    My daughter's response? "But if you do that, I can't win the *fill-in-the-blank-cheap-prize-that-costs-way-less-than-the-amount-you-have-to-raise-to-win-it*!"

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    1. oh, Blissflower, I totally had to sit down with Tall and have "The Talk" about how he is merely a pawn in the fundraiser's evil plan for world dominance.

      I armed him with 5 crisp dollar bills, and we went to the dollar store so he could claim his (multiple) prizes.

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