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02 October 2007 @ 10:34 pm
San Francisco Bay Area Fandom Unite!  
Hello, all! I just joined this community, and would love to gather all the Bay Area fans (and those willing to drive a bit more) to help our Fandom-Rocks (livejournal page). They just started their second charity campaign, benefiting the Lawrence Humane Society and Injured Marine Semper-Fi Fund. In this post  they put up some ideas on how to raise money, and I thought a car wash was feasible (as long as the weather holds out). Not only does it benefit two great charities, but it finally gathers some Supernatural fandom so we can do our favorite thing: talk about Supernatural!

More information can be found in my post.

Thank-you, wonderful fandom!
 
 
 
Jenn with 2 n'sdodgegirl22 on October 3rd, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
I love it! I just posted this about 6mins before you did...To funny,
I think I will go ahead and delete mine seeing as you have it covered.
kentawolfkentawolf on October 3rd, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Ooops, yeah after I posted I notice you posted.

*blushes horribly*
D: CW rps: Jensen heartdenyce on October 3rd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Why Lawrence KS instead of SF... I mean its lovely that my favorite fictional characters are from Lawrence KS, but they're fictional... I'm sure ARF, or a local humane society would be just as grateful. Curious? Would depend on when/where etc & usually always up for chatting SPN ;-)
technopagan hippie chickgeminilove_ca on October 3rd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Charities for Fandom Rocks are nominated by fans and voted for by fans. The selected charities for this campaign received the most votes on our website, www.fandom-rocks.com.

Any fan can nominate a charity (preferably one they have confirmed as non-profit) during the open nomination period, which is the last month of the campaign. The next round of nominations will be around February 2008.
kentawolfkentawolf on October 3rd, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm "ditto"-ing geminilove_ca's post for the answer to the charities.

As for the when/where...I need to research a nice gas station with a lot of traffic, as much centrally located as it can be to accomodate as many Bay Area fan's homesteads. And then call them and see if they'll let a buncha "squee"-ing fangirls wash cars in their orbit. Perhaps next week I will have an answer.

Thanks for your interest!
Amararavensword on October 6th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
I waited to say anything, because I have issues, and I know this.

That said.

I've done carwashes. Lots of them. All for charity. They are a lot of work. For very little in the way of profit. And truthfully, if you try to do a carwash for a non-profit that isn't local, you might have issues with customers who will actually ask those questions.

Now add into this the fact that the Bay area SPN fans I know are over 30, in various stages of health and maybe not capable of the work involved, or of being out in the hot sun all day, etc...

You get my point.

Which is not to discourage you by any means from an awesome fandom venture. I know that I couldn't participate in that kind of fundraising. Not anymore.

I appreciate the enthusiasm. I really do. And I love helping out charity, but I too question the choices of localized charities that aren't local to me. There are many national charities that would be good choices and easier to throw my hat in the ring for. Look at the work done by Sweet Charity, totally fandom based. This year, in its two auctions, it raised over 25,000 dollars for a single, national cause. I'm fairly certain the response wouldn't have been as big for a localized charity.

Not wanting to rain on anyone's parade (or carwash!)...just wanting to offer the benefit of my years of fundraising for charity.
kentawolfkentawolf on October 6th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Good points.

Is there any events of charity fundraising that seemed to work more successfully?
Amararavensword on October 6th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Fundraising is a funny thing, you know.

A lot depends on the area. Even here in the Bay Area, what works in SF won't necessarily work in Berkeley or Oakland. You need to tailor your event to your location. Also needing to be considered are the abilities and circumstances of your volunteer base.

The other thing to consider is how you plan to explain your cause and the reason you're fundraising to your customers. You need to be concise and coherent and professional above all. People are generous when the cause is good, and when they get a sense they can trust those raising the money.

I've done craft sales, bazaars, garage sales, car washes, silent auctions, Sweet Charity, clubs (wherein an organization rents out a night club for an evening and hosts a "party"), raffles, etc. I've sold candy bars, candles, bells, toys, magazines, etc. The ones that work the best are the ones that hit a specific market. The clubs are by far the most profitable, for a $500 or so payout, the general take is between $1500 and $2000. Car washes, craft sales, garage sales, etc...you're lucky if you clear $300, though some have made as much as $500.

One of the difficulties here in the bay area is that we are really spread out...from SF down to San Jose, and out to Tracy, and up to Sacramento. That's a lot of ground, which makes it difficult to generate buzz in our own communities for the event. I know no one in Tracy is going to drive to Oakland for a car wash.

All of this is part of why I toss my self so fully into Sweet Charity twice a year. It's online, so location doesn't matter, and I can offer something I'm good at for others to bid on...and (not to be all braggy) my items alone raised nearly $500 this go round, which is more than we could make with a car wash.

So all of that to say, I'm not sure exactly what kind of fundraising would work.