Disregard my last post. Josef and I had a call today and we pruned down the gala plans by a lot, to the point now where I feel its actually doable and not way beyond the capacities of our current working set of noisebridgers. Here’s some notes copy and pasted from a google doc:
Core Strategy: To engage 100 people in a fundraising event with a structured ask for the first time.
Events are a good way to introduce people to Noisebridge.
Participation target: 100 people attending in person.
9pm: auction limited to 10 items & raise the paddle
Potential Price Structure with outcomes @ 100 attendees:
Admission: $15 $1,500
Drinks $10-$20 avg/person $1,500
Auction 10 items @ $250 $2,500
Raise the paddle 50 gifts (avg $100) $5,000
Need to knows:
System for tracking people’s credit cards and tallying their money. Can be paper or technology.
Who is going to do the ask?
Levels for ask: $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $10
Keep Corey Doctorow stuff for now or use later?
Secure 5 money gifts in advance of the gala (pre-seeded paddles) one at each of your top levels. Top level to ask for: $2,000?
Get a match? 2 kinds of matches:
cash match at a level. Got someone to match all gifts or x number of gifts at a level, $10 particularly effective, because some people give again.
Total cash match: up to $20,000! (probably not going to happen at this event.)
Get people to bring their buddies and bosses, identify people to ask.
- Victoria makes practice ask of josef.
- Plan out some seeded donations.