Reunion Funds Short? Great Solutions
- Hello Family Reunion Planners!
Special Announcement. Your family reunion event is just arround the
corner. Do you know where your event funds are?
By this time you have likely put deposits on reception rooms, picnic
areas, tourist packages and entertainment. Ideally you would have
collected 75 to 90% of registration funds by now. But this is not a
perfect world is it? If you don't have enough funds to cover the
deposit expenses don't panic. Your fellow family reunion planners
have the solution. It's time to start putting together a fundraiser.
A well-organized fundraiser can bring in as much as $500 to $5000 in
just a matter of hours. Take a look at the award winning Family
Reunion Planner under "Fund Raiser" and you'll find exciting ideas
for your event.
How do you get family members to attend and support the fundraiser?
Select a date that will allow your best participants to attend. Make
sure to invite family members at least four weeks in advance.
Prioritize those who have the means to make a sizeable contribution.
Knowing what they consider valuable will help stimulate
participation. Would they like to be the holder of a family
heirloom? Why not have them bid on the privilege in a silent
Finding The Right Stuff
Bidding on items the attendees value is important. No, it's
everything. Are some family members art collectors? It's important
to know exactly what the collector is looking for in terms of
artist, period, condition, date and signature. Other requirements
may be subject matter, printing plate number, and how the art is
framed and packaged. Get that information first before you start
buying art or any other collectables.
Do you have amateur genealogist, scientists, archeologists or
astronomists in the family? Get the latest books on the subject.
Some may prefer outdated out of print books as a conversation piece
for their club or group. Large children's picture books like Dr.
Sues, Little Bill and Blues Clues are sure to grab the kid's
attention and encourage parents to participate. Vintage and latest
blockbuster movie posters are sure to be a big hit among teens and
Ethnic and vintage cultural collectables are probably the most
desired. Jazz CD's of any genre are sure to turn someone's head and
open their wallet. Family members who belong to book and poetry
clubs are passionate about certain novelists and poets.
Practicality Sells Big
Many attendees are frugal and will only put money on an item that
will likely help them save money on the family reunion event. That
said, sell baskets of coupons, your collection of gift cards and the
ever-popular Entertainment Book which sells at a 50% discount and
free shipping this time of year.
Go to http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net for more information.
Send out flyers, emails, text messages and invitations that list
some of the items or categories that will be available. Have those
who will attend the fundraiser also share in organizing and managing
some aspect of the event to ensure that they will be present to bid.
Your fundraiser is to raise reunion funds not to spend reunion
funds. That said, make sure that all who attend bring a dish, drinks
and supplies to equalize the expense and prevent having to dip into
the reunion account.
For more ideas to get your fundraiser off the ground consult the
award winning Family Reunion Planner Organizer. Download the latest
copy with new correspondence stationary, flyers, dues collection
calculator/ledger, T-shirt Roster and more at