FUNDRAISING!! ..and how to get super pumped up about doing it! THE NUMBERS 14 nights in Copenhagen 3 meals a day 1 plane ticket 1 cell phone and SIM card Reaching a bold, just, and equitable climate deal? PRICELESS 14 nights x $37/night = $518 3 meals a day x 14 days x $10 = $420 Plane Ticket Chicago-Copenhagen = $750 Incidental Costs (taxi, snacks, other costs) = $200 _______________________________________________ Rough Estimate of total cost $2000 SO YOU HAVE TO RAISE $1700 Is it possible? Of course it is! Let’s start by thinking about what some easy sources of funding Friends Family (with the holidays just around the corner, you can ask them to put $$ towards your work with the delegation. SustainUS donations are tax-deductible.) PARTY! GET A BAND TO PLAY A BENEFIT SHOW Dinner Party Dance Fest at your house, on campus, in the dorms, anywhere. Bring the music, tell your friends about the awesomeness of the event, and rock out. IDEAS? VIDEO: why do you want to go to Copenhagen? T-shirt sales Presentation @ place of worship or school in exchange for $$ House parties and sell cosmetics “No-waste month” for $. $1 for every day Rotary Club and Lions Club Make Bracelets out of bike tubing and sell for $20 each Local community support- business asks Moustache-a-thon E-waste drives (can net quite a lot $3-5k) Bottles and can collection..on campus, parks, etc. Miracle berry party Customize each presentation request to the department, organization (peace focus for rotary club, women’s rights and climate change for another, etc.) E-waste thru sustainus program if your state doesn’t have a program set up Brochure for climate week, and attach an envelope to it Sell your business card space to organizations or businesses Youtube video for grandma’s community Art party—make other crafts to sell Canned jam evening party fundraise for global south too (double your fundraising goal) School fund for conferences—tap into this and ask around on campus. Talk to various departments on campus. General administration, chancellor/provost, individual professors, departments, clubs, student government. Yard sale, stuff that didn’t sell, massive sale! hosted @school New people/networks/parties—by asking friends to host a party, you gain access to a new group of potential supporters climate ride-type fundraiser WEB 2.0 With the huge explosion in the popularity of social networking sites, having an online forum by which our message is easily broadcasted and received, donations are simple, and new contacts can be informed of updates from the campaign/field, is critical. We can reach so many new people through promotion of our “causes” pages on facebook. Content enhancement: video clips, simple and easy core messaging, highlight cooperation, collective action, and a donor’s personal investment in a movement. Proceeds night (like at the bar Grand Central on Saturday Night, also works at restaurants, etc.) Letters to embassies Rotary Clubs in Europe (apparently they have lots of $ with nobody to give it to) Environmental Science Department local organic foods benefit dinner and speakers/presentations! ($20, invite the whole school) GRANTS AND MINI-GRANTS SustainUS has been applying for larger programmatic funding for our climate program, which includes support for delegates. No success yet, but there’s still lots of time. Will pursue smaller mini grants for smaller projects—on campus, community, etc. But we need all eyes and ears on the ground to be looking for these. Smaller award amount= shorter turnaround time= money now. These grants don’t necessarily have to come from an organization. Reference us, but it can be for your personal project too. TIPS, REMINDERS, SUGGESTIONS Tell YOUR story. Make it personal. Highlight why this is important to you, what you hope to learn, and why this is the moment where we hold our leaders accountable. The world can’t wait any longer! Make sure to thank donors and follow-through on commitments. (VERY IMPORTANT) PERSONAL LETTER excerpt Dear Friends and Family, As many of you know, I was recently accepted to take part in an exciting Youth Delegation that is attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 15th Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen, Denmark, from December 7-18, 2009. As an “Agent of Change,” through an organization SustainUS, I will be part of a 28-person team of dedicated youth. We will develop policy recommendations, collaborate with other U.S. and international youth climate activists, and work tirelessly to ensure that a global climate deal is bold, just, equitable, and ensures the survival of all peoples. <<personalize the letter here. Why are you excited to be on the delegation? What sparked your interest in climate action?>>…Together, the delegation will contribute an estimated 2,200 hours of volunteer service! A LETTER TO A COLLEGE, PROFESSOR, ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT, COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION Can modify to fit the organization to whom you’re making the request. Ex: for the international relations dept at your school, stress how COP will relate to foreign policy in the future. For a local organization (big or small) highlight the conection between climate work and their focus area (human rights, wetland conservation, peace, green jobs, bicycle repair shop, local garden store, food coop, solar company, filmmakers, artists, authors..) Suggest the organization participate in a matching funds program. Reinforce how you’d help with promotion by linking through your org’s website, facebook page, etc. SUMMARY Fundraising can be super awesome, fun, and you can reach and inform lots of people in a short time! Plan now. Think of your networks and contacts Family and Friends love you. Tell them your story, even if you think they know it already. Tell them to forward your ask to their friends. Make sure the funding ask matches their capacity. Think about campus. Lots of people, well-connected professors and departments. Some schools have funding set aside for this type of unique project! (College of the Atlantic) Fundraising takes patience, persistence, and creativity. Share success stories!! Replicate what works. Tell the whole delegation!! If you’ve fundraised your full cost and are on a roll, keep going! Additional funds can go directly to the delegation and org.