A lot of people have mentioned sending out a follow up letter (or two in some cases) of the people you don't hear from after a month or so. I was wondering if anyone takes the time or effort to send out thank you notes to those people who do donate money.
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09-19-2002, 03:39 PM #21
09-19-2002, 05:45 PM #22I was wondering if anyone takes the time or effort to send out thank you notes to those people who do donate money.
09-19-2002, 11:56 PM #23
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Sonofapreacher take note...........
In our case, we send out a "First letter" in mid Sept. each year. A second, "follow-up" letter goes out in mid Nov. The follow-up letter starts off with "If you are one of those families in our community who has contributed to our annual fund drive, THANK YOU." If, in the rush of things you have not had time to send in your tax-deductible donation, there is still time........" This letter goes to the same address list that the first one did. It has worked well for us for some years now. If you wish to get more info, send me an email. To answer another question (from Tennessee) our "Reply Rate" is around 28%. Stay Safe....
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09-20-2002, 09:04 AM #24
When we receive a donation over a certain dollar amount (don't remember what it is) we send a personalized Thank You. Our normal letter also mentions Thanks for your help in the past.
StayBack - what's a reverse raffle?"This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
09-20-2002, 12:03 PM #25
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Trust me, there is someone on your department that is a golf freak (maybe a closet golf freak, but he's there). This would be an excellment person to ask about golf tournaments.
A golf course will close for half a day (or all day) if you guarantee X amount of players.
Besides selling the tickets to play, you can:
-sell sponsorships of holes
-sell chances for a hole-in-one contest. This involves taking out an insurance policy against the hole-in-one. Depends on how much you want to spend on the policy, but you can give away a car or a million dollars.
-give away prizes (usually donated by local businesses) for longest drive, longest put, etc etc.
-have a golf cart staffed by cute females circulate the course selling refreshments
Usually, the golf course wants its normal green fees, wants the money for cart rentals, and wants to keep the money from its pro shop/concessions, but anything can be negotiated.
Benefits are it's not at the fire station, it requires very little in the way of 'setting up' and your local golf freak will have a real good idea of what the potentials participants will expect.Bryan Beall
Silver City, Oklahoma USA
09-20-2002, 12:15 PM #26
Bones -- It's similar to N2DFire's post...there a lot of variations. I was hoped to find some other ones. They're suddenly the big thing in NW PA.May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.
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09-21-2002, 10:53 AM #27
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All of you all have GREAT IDEAS, Our dept. uses the mail outs and they have worked great for us, we just finished a two month long one were we raised $7000, I guess any dept. that has members willing to spend their time making money for their dept. is a very lucky one in these times.JUST MY THOUGHTS ONLY, PLEASE FORGIVE ANY SPELLING GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!!!!!!!
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