Re: RE: 'in kind' donations & CA visits
- Subject: Re: [cg] RE: [cg] 'in kind' donations & CA visits
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 20:39:22 EST
To Fred's sage advice, I'd suggest that you get yourselves organized to the
point that you have done these things:
1) Elected officers ( a chair, treasurer, and record keeper for starters).
Create by-laws a procedures for expenditures before the first cent comes in -
this is serious business, fund-raising, and you need to do this on the up and
up. If you need by-laws to use as an example, please go the the Clinton
Community Garden site: <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/">
Clinton Community Garden
2) Created some letterhead for yourself on your computer with the garden's
name, mailing address, contact phone/fax, e-mail and the link to your nice
website ( looks good, by the way.)
3) Open up a bank/checking account for your community garden that has the
president, treasurer and some other responsible person as signatories.
4) Make friends with a local politician or businessman who will vouch for
you. Make sure that you create opportunities where he/she can look good and
that there is someone around to take pictures ( starting the children's bed,
getting soil amendments, the handing off of the check with everybody smiling,
garden events - get the idea.) Create a constituency.
5) Let the local paper know what you're doing. There is usually some nice
person who writes a garden page - cultivate her/him. Same thing for the
person who does the local events calendar. Send them pictures and invitations
to events or descriptions of them afterwards.
I like to sell t-shirts with the garden logo on it ( and have a few around to
give as souvenirs to folks who make themselves helpful.)
By the way the ACGA website has plenty of stuff on fundraising as well on the
links page: just scroll down to the bottom where there are lots of great
links under "Miscellaneous ( Funding, etc.)
<A HREF="http://www.communitygarden.org/links/index.html">ACGA:Links index
On being shameless - just remember, if you don't ask, you won't receive.
Also, and this is important - charity begins at home. Always start by passing
the hat among yourselves....
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