How does $3,000 to $30,000 in one night sound?
Each attendee is given factsheet and a pledge form after signing in at the
meeting room entrance. The factsheet summarizes the preceding five key points. You want
attendees to read the factsheet while they're waiting for the meeting to
begin since the information it conveys increases the likelihood of a
large contribution. The factsheet and pledge form should be the only
thing attendees receive. Following are links to two factsheet
Theone- or two-page
factsheet summarizes the preceding five key points. You want attendees to read the factsheet while they're waiting for the meeting to begin since the information it conveys increases the likelihood of a large contribution. The factsheet and pledge form should be the only thing attendees receive. Following are links to two factsheet examples:
The pledge form is for folks who either left their check book at home or who prefer to contribute by mail or online. With services such as PayPal you can email an invoice to attendees after the meeting so they can pay with a credit or debit card. It is critical that the invoice go out the morning after the meeting. Click to see a: Pledge Form Example.
Nonprofit Status: Most folks think their group must be an IRS certified (501c3) tax-deductible, nonprofit organization to raise funds. This is not true and could impede success.
First, most of the folks who support your cause will do so regardless of whether their contribution is tax-deductible. IRS nonprofit status is only important if you're seeking funds from foundations or major donors. However, most foundations will not support efforts involving a proposed development project. If you have an interested major donor then it's usually possible to find a bona fide (501c3) organization that can accept the funds then pay for expenses critical to success. This is usually done where litigation expenses are substantial. Fortunately, most campaigns can be won without having to pay thousands of dollars in legal cost, provided you follow our Equitable Solutions and Smart Legal Strategies approaches.
Second, it is likely you'll need to engage in either lobbying or electioneering to win. Nonprofit organizations are restricted in the amount of lobbing they can do and are prohibited from influencing elections. So tax-exempt status can end up impeding or preventing success.
Third, all of your income should quickly go out to cover the expenses for executing your strategy. If you do not carry over a balance from one year to the next then you should not have to pay taxes. Therefore, tax-exempt status is not an issue. Of course check with an account or other tax-professional since requirements vary from state to state and change with time. Chances are one of these professional is among your supporters.
Fourth, it can take months to get IRS tax-exempt status and most campaigns will be over long before you get a determination.
Checking Account: A a checking account will be needed to deposit contributions and pay expenses. Chances are there's an accountant or other tax professional among your supporters. Ask them how you go about setting up a checking account in your state. You can also talk with the bank manager where you have your personal accounts. You should also ask if you need incorporate, apply for a trade name and if there are other legal requirements you must meet. Finally, ask about any requirements you must meet to raise funds in your state.
|6:30 pm||Volunteers arrive & set-up|
Meeting attendees begin to arrive.
Each attendee is asked to sign-in then are given a factsheet
and a pledge form.
|7:05||Most attendees will have
arrived. Your spokesperson begins the program by:
|7:15||Present a 15-minute PowerPoint summarizing the
five key points. Following are links to notes-version
|7:30||Additional speakers elaborate on topics covered in the PowerPoint.|
|7:45||After the last speaker, announce that you'll take questions for the next 15 minutes then you'll ask attendees to make a contribution.|
|8:00||Halt questions. Remind attendees of the five key points and what you need to raise tonight to protect their quality of life. Give a goal such as $10,000 defense fund. Say that to meet this goal you need 100 attendees to contribute $100 each. Ask attendees to put their check or pledge form in collection boxes that volunteers will begin passing around.|
|While collection boxes are circulating, continue with questions & answers until most attendees have left.|
A follow-up phone call to those most directly impacted by a project will further increase turn-out.
Meeting announcements can also be distributed (with permission) at shopping centers, religious facilities or any other location where impact zone residents congregate.