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Snow Miser
01-07-2010, 08:57 PM
Since we can now start asking people for donations, I have been trying to think of ways to increase my chances of getting people to donate. Below are some business cards I made to hand out to people I meet each day. These should help them remember to check out the website, and hopefully make a donation. The photo shows a front and back view.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2687/4255653576_a4166ae9eb_b.jpg

Good luck everyone!!!

Anna LeBlanc
01-08-2010, 08:14 AM
Great idea Bob!!!;)

______________

Anna

CHRIS
01-08-2010, 08:58 AM
Yes what Anna said. Really good idea.

BlueDog
01-08-2010, 09:18 AM
CARDS - I'm having some cards done as well using a variety of pictures that I've taken over past STP hikes. So many times I've talked to people at gatherings or events about the Obs and the hike and thought it would be nice to have something to hand them. (Photo buffs check out www.moo.com. They can import picks right from flick or facebook. I've ordered from them before and very good quality stuff.)

BARTER - The last two years I've been the official photographer for our Audi Club track events. I take lots of pictures and then sort/edit them by individual car. For a donation of X amount or more, I send the driver the hi-res versions of their photos. So, trading services for donation is a win-win (they 'pay' for a service that they also get the tax deduction for.)

Charlie
01-08-2010, 11:18 AM
my wife is painting some thing like the tower or a long shot of the mountain ,not sure yet .then i will post a picture of it and the bidding will start
she did the picture of Nin that is hanging in there meeting room up top

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s279/hawk63/IMG_1738.jpg

Snow Miser
01-08-2010, 12:54 PM
she did the picture of Nin that is hanging in there meeting room up top

And that is a very nice picture, set in a very prominent area!

CHRIS
01-08-2010, 01:30 PM
Thats a great picture Charlie. I am looking forward to her next one. I persanally am relying on any means possible even Begging. That always works.

Brad
01-08-2010, 02:22 PM
Maybe I can sell rides in my new Subaru?

Charlie
01-08-2010, 03:08 PM
Maybe I can sell rides in my new Subaru?

good idea but start it in feb

Snow Miser
01-08-2010, 08:22 PM
BlueDog, Thanks for the tip regarding www.moo.com. I checked them out, and it looks like they do really nice work. I may just use them to print my cards instead of printing them myself. Especially with the cost of inkjet cartridges these days.:eek:

When you get yours, please post a few here so we can see them.

BlueDog
01-21-2010, 07:02 PM
As promised.... picked up a package at the post office today.

For those interested, 100 cards + Card Holder + Shipping = $30.98. Card stock is nice and thick, print quality is excellent. If anyone is interested in ordering their own, my order came with some 15% off coupons for first time buyers. PM/IM/FB me and let me know and I'll give you the code.

Hrmm.. what's in the box?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2767/4293103309_61935c2d15.jpg

Oooo... who's the stud in the kilt?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2742/4293108389_30ab46cc7e.jpg

The full selection of cards along with the back side for sample. (Click for larger view)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4293853116_1abd615333.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4293853116_1abd615333_b.jpg)

Slick little card holder that comes with key ring, conveniently in STP orange!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/4293112735_138060b50b.jpg

Quarter and my REI membership card shown for scale.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/4293969502_580a6a4890.jpg

Snow Miser
01-21-2010, 08:01 PM
Very nice cards Erich! They really turned out nice. Good luck handing them out. I hope they drive a lot of sponsors to your pledge page.

CHRIS
01-22-2010, 06:49 AM
Those are pretty slick. I may need to look at the web site.

KD Talbot
01-22-2010, 09:13 AM
Looks like I could clip them on my pack and hand them out to people I meet on the trail for the next few months?

I've seen the business cards, they are jaw-dropping!

Great idea, Erich!

KDT
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crudio
01-22-2010, 11:46 AM
These are really slick, Erich. Hope they generate some interest for you!

(And from a designer geek standpoint, I LOVE the packaging!!)

CHRIS
01-22-2010, 09:08 PM
I just got done ordering my cards. However my darn name was to long in my web address to put the stp logo on :(. Due in March 3rd.

BlueDog
01-23-2010, 12:34 AM
Sweet! We'll have to save some for trading at the dinner party in July.

And you should have let me know, I still got discount codes for them! :P

Snow Miser
01-23-2010, 08:07 AM
I just got done ordering my cards. However my darn name was to long in my web address to put the stp logo on :(. Due in March 3rd.

Excellent Chris! Be sure to post a picture of yours when they come in. This will make three of us handing out cards.

Snow Miser
01-23-2010, 09:08 AM
I made some minor wording and layout changes that those who I have given a few to suggested. They are being well received.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4297759550_4859d768c4_m.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2754/4297759520_2a33015bd5_o.jpg)
(Click for larger view)

mtruman
01-23-2010, 04:09 PM
Great ideas guys! I'm going to have to get one or the other form of cards. I have to say that I really like the ones from moo.

Here's a few more fundraising ideas to consider:

Send emails to people who would have some kind of connection to the OBS based on their interests, background or jobs. This is not just for people that you know personally. Be sure to appeal to their particular connection. For example, last year I sent emails to all of our local TV meteorologists. The specific part of the plea that I used with them was:
As a New England meteorologist you obviously know about the Observatory and the great work they have been doing for more than 75 years in weather and climate research. You may not be aware of the breadth of their wonderful education programs which most recently have been expanded to include a distance learning program designed for grades 4-12 that will take classes to the summit of Mount Washington and into the observatory's weather center via interactive video conferencing. All of these programs are funded by the contributions of MWO members and through fund raising events like this one. We're trying to help them to keep these programs alive and successful.Other good candidates for this would be local school teachers and school officials (highlighting the distance learning program). This could be your kids teachers or could just be a list of science teachers, principals, etc that you could find from school web sites.

Try getting some local business to sponsor you. This doesn't have to be financial sponsorship. See if a local store, bar, restaurant, etc would be willing to put up a poster for STP in their establishment with your pledge link on it (and possibly allow people to make cash donations that they would collect for you). You could spend some time at the location as well doing personal solicitation.

You could also try to find a local store, supermarket, etc that would let you set up a fundraising table outside (like many other non-profits do). People will almost always drop something in the box and if you can get to talk to some of them and explain the cause you may get bigger donations.

Provide some service for people in exchange for donations. I can't take credit for this idea. Erich (Bluedog) came up with this last year and got donations from people at sports car club events (I think that's right) that he did photography for. On a similar approach Charlie's idea of auctioning off the painting is awesome.

Find a local group that you could do a talk for about the OBS and your previous STP experience. A school, retirement home, outdoor club (local AMC chapter), etc would be good candidates. Offer to do a 1/2 hour talk and slide show and then make the pitch for donations for the next event.

See if you can find any methods for getting matching funds. This could be from some philanthropic organizations or even from your employer. My company provides several opportunities for people that do volunteer work including providing a day off each year for volunteerism and a "dollars for doers" program in which they will give $250 to an organization that an employee does at least 25 hours of volunteer work for in the course of the year.

I'm sure there are many other good ideas out there as well. Let's keep building this list and make this an over the top fundraising year for STP10!!!

h2oeco
01-25-2010, 07:06 PM
Erich,

Great idea - cards are ordered - and thanks to you, I saved $3.00.

So last year was kind of a slow year... With cards, I wonder what I'll be able to raise this year? ;-)


Ed

mtruman
01-25-2010, 09:12 PM
So last year was kind of a slow year... With cards, I wonder what I'll be able to raise this year? ;-)


Now that's just plain mean ;)

BlueDog
01-26-2010, 10:01 AM
Erich,

Great idea - cards are ordered - and thanks to you, I saved $3.00.

So last year was kind of a slow year... With cards, I wonder what I'll be able to raise this year? ;-)


Ed


Hmm... where's that number for moo.com? "Yes, my name is Ed. I'd like to cancel my order." :D

If last year was slow, how am I ever gonna catch you?! Still, I got some new idea to try out this year.. we'll see!

Patrad Fischroy
01-26-2010, 10:53 AM
Hmm... where's that number for moo.com? "Yes, my name is Ed. I'd like to cancel my order." :D

If last year was slow, how am I ever gonna catch you?! Still, I got some new idea to try out this year.. we'll see!

Just make him pledge the $3 he saved to your hike total :rolleyes:

h2oeco
01-26-2010, 07:26 PM
Think of all of this as an added incentive - try to catch me, and help the Observatory even more in the process... :-)

Ed

CHRIS
01-27-2010, 06:57 PM
Woo Hoo I am ahead of Ed :D @ 130.00. Of course once Ed gets going he is going to blow right by me :(. But I will try my best to keep up. Good luck everybody.

h2oeco
01-27-2010, 08:55 PM
I looked back at my records a couple weeks ago - last year, I sent my first fundraising email on Feb. 5th - that's when I plan to get started up again... :-)

Snow Miser
01-28-2010, 07:37 AM
I think Ed is like a thoroughbred just waiting for the gates to open.:D It'll be tuff to keep up with him.

CHRIS
01-30-2010, 02:36 PM
My cards came in today and here they are.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/AVATAR/Picture068.jpg

And the back. I could not put a logo on Like Erich's because my name was to long :(.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/AVATAR/Picture070_edited-1.jpg

KD Talbot
01-30-2010, 06:56 PM
I think you could have shortened that name up a bit, Chris...;)

Will order mine soon.

KDT

CHRIS
01-30-2010, 07:19 PM
Isn't it great having a long name. I thank my parents for not giving me a middle name.If you are going to order any or anybody for that matter. I also like Erich have some discount codes for 15% off. Just pm me here or Facebook and I will get it to you.

Charlie
01-31-2010, 12:50 PM
now with these pictures what are you doing with them selling them or giving them to people that give you $$$$$

CHRIS
01-31-2010, 01:11 PM
These are little cards that I am giving out to people when I ask (beg) them for money.

BlueDog
01-31-2010, 07:17 PM
Looks great Chris!

Snow Miser
02-01-2010, 07:53 AM
Nice cards Chris! Giving them out to ask (beg) for donations appears to be a good trend.

CHRIS
02-07-2010, 03:55 PM
WWHhhoooosshhh Thats the sound I heard as Ed flew by me on the sponsor page.... Good going Ed.

Snow Miser
02-07-2010, 07:34 PM
He's up to $720, and it's only Feb. Wow!!! Are you sure you don't do fund raising as a profession? :D

h2oeco
02-07-2010, 07:40 PM
WWHhhoooosshhh Thats the sound I heard as Ed flew by me on the sponsor page.... Good going Ed.

Thanks for the tip Chris - my technique is fast and efficient, but it does make some noise - I'll try to be more quiet next time... ;-)

Ed

KD Talbot
02-08-2010, 08:47 PM
Mine are in! Love these! Will carry them while hiking. Folks always ask about Emma!

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/moocards.jpg

KDT

CHRIS
02-09-2010, 06:47 AM
Very nice Kevin.They came out great. Exspecially Emma.

h2oeco
02-09-2010, 07:39 AM
Here you go...

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/moocards.jpg

Ed

Snow Miser
02-09-2010, 07:51 AM
Very nice cards Kevin and Ed. Great selection of photos!

CHRIS
02-09-2010, 08:24 AM
Great shots on your cards to Ed.

Anna LeBlanc
02-09-2010, 08:53 PM
Kevin and Ed,

All your cards look wonderful.Kevin you know which ones are my favorite tho-EMMA!!!!

____________
Anna

BlueDog
02-09-2010, 09:53 PM
Very nice Ed!

MOAB149
04-02-2010, 09:36 AM
I am enjoying some success by offering free high resolution images in exchange for donations of $25.00 or higher. I specialize in aviation photography, (Google David F. Brown). Anyway, I have hundreds of digital images ready to send via Email. It really does not cost me a thing. I'm not printing these images, just shooting them out via Email with file attachments. I've seen some of your photography here in the forums and maybe you should try this method of fund raising. Good Luck. Look forward to seeing many of you in July.
Cheers,
David F. Brown

Charlie
04-02-2010, 10:57 AM
very good idea Dave

im thinking of selling home made salsa

MOAB149
04-02-2010, 03:37 PM
Put me down for a jar or maybe two.

MOAB149
05-21-2010, 10:47 AM
The local print media will be publishing a story depicting my STP efforts sometime in June or early July. I've already had one meet and greet with the reporter and we scheduled a hike on the AT for a photo shoot and bull session. This may also work for the rest of you out there still seeking financial support.
Cheers,
MOAB

Snow Miser
05-21-2010, 12:40 PM
The local print media will be publishing a story depicting my STP efforts sometime in June or early July. I've already had one meet and greet with the reporter and we scheduled a hike on the AT for a photo shoot and bull session. This may also work for the rest of you out there still seeking financial support.
Cheers,
MOAB

That's great Dave. Please be sure to post a link if there is one to an online article.