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Fundraising and Grants ~ How many times have you played this form of Russian Roulette?

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By Chuck Freels

The year is coming to a close, and as I go on the many sites for Non-Profit organizations, it seems like they have two things on their minds; Trying to get their last opportunity for a good fundraiser known so that it can be a success, and the other – Trying to find out about Grants and applying for Grants.

While these two things are very viable means to the intended end – which is to help these organizations get the funding they need to operate smoothly – to me it also seems a lot like playing Russian Roulette.  Why do I think that?  Because in both instances, you cannot come back with an – effort put out equals donations brought in ratio.

For instance, if you put in all of the time setting up for, let’s say, a pancake day.  You know the certain things you have to do to prepare for the day.  You have to purchase the food and beverages, buy the plates, cups and plastic ware, get the tickets together, you have to have all of the members go around putting out the word that this is going on and try to sell as many of the tickets they can sell, you have to set up the tables and get the facility ready for the event, you have to make sure the helpers are going to be there early in the morning, and then of course there is the HOPE . . . the HOPE that people show up beyond the tickets you sold.  Then of course there is the uncertainty that goes all with that of how much food and supplies you have to purchase to make sure you have enough – while also making sure you don’t have too much.  And we won’t even go into the fact that the weather might not cooperate . . . .   That is why I think it is like playing Russian Roulette.  Because, like Russian Roulette, you just don’t know if you will end up being a ‘winner’ with that event, or being a ‘loser’.

To me, Grants are pretty much the same thing.  While they are the more seductive of the two with the lure of ‘free and easy’ money, they are becoming more and more difficult to be the Awardee since so many Organizations are going after the same Grants.

After all . . . you only get one shot at either a fundraising event or being awarded that Grant.

The Solution to playing that form of Russian Roulette?  Is the 911 C.A.S.P.E.R. Systems.  With the 911 C.A.S.P.E.R. Systems you can now establish an – effort put forth equals a donation come in ~ and best yet is that it comes in month after month when set up properly.  The added PERK?  Is that C.A.S.P.E.R. will also help get the word out on the fundraising events that have become a tradition in your Community – without the stress of having to count on how much the event brings in with Donations to keep you running smoothly.  C.A.S.P.E.R. will help you do that.

But just so you know, the residual Donation stream is just ONE of C.A.S.P.E.R.’s benefits.  I would love to schedule a Webinar with you so you can fully understand all of benefits that C.A.S.P.E.R. will provide for your Organization AND for your Community. 

While C.A.S.P.E.R. is easy to implement, it is a visual concept to understand.  The Webinar is about 15 minutes long and we can provide them at your convenience any Day, Evening or Weekend.  Just give us a call, or send us an email to get this going.

We are just a phone call or email away if you would like to ask us any questions or help you get started with providing this great safety tool for your Community.

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