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Raising 10k

Thats no easy task and I’m glad I have a few months to come up with some sort of plan.  Here are some of the ideas I have to date, I’m hoping others have some ideas too.  In case you need a refresher – here’s my plan for the year.  It includes raising $10,000 (or $5,000) for a local charity in May.

  1. In June I will be painting a mural on the side of a Nanaimo building.  I don’t know which building and I don’t know what it will be.  What if I come up with 3-5 different mural designs loosely related to the charity in question, and auction the mural to the highest business bidder in the city?  The costs would come out of my pocket, and of course I would have to find a willing canvas.  Maybe try to drum up a little publicity for it.  Estimated proceeds; $2,000-5,000?
  2. I saw a country club that offers its space to non-profits for fundraising efforts.  They provide the meals at $15/person, and up to 100 tickets can be sold for $25 each ($10 profit).  The fundraiser takes bar proceeds as well.  Maybe this could be combined with the announcement for the mural bidder?  Combining it would bring local business owners to the event and help fill seats.  But normally there is some sort of attraction related to a fundraiser – some reason for going besides the dinner.  I’ll have to give that some thought.  Estimated proceeds; $1,00o.
  3. ???

Of course I still have to figure out which charity to support.  Looking for any suggestions on that too.


I Don’t Give a Damn

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I’ve often thought it would be nice to give back to the community in some way.  I always find it inspiring to see people who are so passionate about helping people and it would be nice to help them do that if I can, even if its just for a month.  Sure, it would be nice if I could offer my help a little more consistently, but I’ve got some form of ADD and after a month I’m not sure I’ll give a damn about some lonely old pensioner.  Ha, now that’s not true, but intentions and actions often don’t align over the long-term.  So, as part of my monthly challenges I’ve decided to spend one month giving my time (March), and one month raising money for a specific local charity (May).  It’s the May challenge that is causing me a little grief because its a lot easier to give away my time than it is to ask people for their money, even if it is for a good cause.  After all, there are so many really good ways to spend your money (both charitably or otherwise).  But I have some ideas I’m working on that might help.

What I need to figure out soon is which charity to invest my energy in.  I would like it to be a local charity, and preferably something that the government doesn’t support.  For example, I know the food bank is a very worthy cause, but at the same time (and please correct me if I’m wrong), the government provides basic support to those that need it.  Obviously people get into situations in their lives where they do really struggle to put food on the table, but I think those can be temporary situations because there is a government social net that should catch people that are in need (am I totally wrong on this?).  I understand that there are people who have difficulty helping themselves and jumping through the bureaucracy for any number of reasons (including addiction and mental illness), but that’s a different issue altogether.

I think I would like to help an organization that helps kids who don’t get a fair start because of their circumstances.  Maybe a group that provides support, activities, or something similar that lets kids be kids, helps with self-confidence and inspires imagination.  I think the money could have a big impact with kids, but I’m not sure how.  Does anyone know of a local group like that?  Any suggestions?