An aggressive, interior attack on fundraising
This is not another "do you have any good fundraising ideas" thread.
I've seen those, and they end up with 3 responses that mentioned spagetti dinners, cookbooks and raffles. And while any of these can be successful fundraisers -- I think that the change in our fiscal landscape is going to require so much more.
I want to know who's innovating in their fundraising. I want to know who's doing the new thing that's going to allow fire departments to keep up with the budget reductions that are occuring nation-wide.
I think it's time for an aggressive, interior attack on how we in the fire service view fundraising.
Almost all of us do it? NFPA shows that most departments rely on 15% or more of their budget to come from fundraising.
And most of us hate it. Up at 4:00a.m. scrambling eggs to sell for what turns out to be a $8 per man hour return on investment.
We have to change the way we view fundraising in the fire service.
Are your fundraisers keeping up with the budget reductions that have come, or are coming, from other sources of revenue?
Are we looking beyond the things we've done for the last 50 years to raise funds?
What are your thoughts, ideas, concerns around this area of fundraising?