Turn your Merchandise from Expense to a Source of FundraisingPresentation Transcript
Turn Your Event Merchandise from an Expense to a ! Source of Fundraising! of GoodThreads and Presented by Andrew Urban Carolyn Edrington of Melanoma Research Founda?on
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About the Presenters Andrew Urban Carolyn EdringtonVice President of National DirectorBusiness Development Miles for Melanomaandrew@goodthreads.com email@example.com
Who is FirstGiving?
Who is GoodThreads? A solution that makes it fun and easy to create customized merchandise that tells personal stories and supports nonproﬁt causes.
Who is Melanoma Research Founda?on? – Founded in 1996 by Diana Ashby, a Melanoma patient– 2010 Operating budget of 2.6mil– Fundraising Expenses – 9% of budget– Education, Advocacy, and Research – 84% of budget• Mission Statement – To support medical RESEARCH for finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma. To EDUCATE patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. To act as an ADVOCATE for the melanoma community to raise the awareness of this disease and the need for a cure.
Webinar Takeaways • How to make merchandise a more effective, streamlined and profitable piece of your existing fundraising events• How personalized merchandise can increase engagement with your supporters and contribute to a consistent brand identity• Why merchandise can increase both donations per supporter AND donor satisfaction• How to create a persistent store presence for your non-profit
The Merchandise Problem
Extra Upfront Costs Here’s a cost breakdown for a hypothe?cal SmartMoney fun run. Toilets Online fund-‐raising commissions Actual funds raised to Signage support organizaCon’s mission Pre-‐ and post-‐event furniture Entertainment Event T-‐shirts Water and snacks Race gear Fences and barricades Permits and security Net proceeds to charity
Bulk Orders = High Costs
Free, un-‐personalized shirts are less likely to be worn again aMer the event
Case Study: Melanoma Research Founda?on
Miles for Melanoma with FirstGiving • 2011 Events (3 quarters) – $533k for run/walk events through September. – $858k for all registration-type events.• 2010 Events (full year) – Over 7,500 Supporters – $705 for run/walk events (but that’s all four quarters of 2010) – $1.2 million for all registration type events – Top cities • Wilmington, DE - $75k; Morristown NJ - $65k; Wisconsin Dells, WI - $45k
MRF Merchandise Headaches Major headaches with event merchandise – No revenue from registration fees – Bulk orders/ Leftover T-Shirts – “Homemade” shirts with pictures of honorees or memorials – Challenge to meet sponsors needs for branding – Control over branding for overall event look – Longevity for branding
FirstGiving & GoodThreads Solu?on Suppor?ng Miles for Melanoma
MRF Results • First GoodThreads Test – Sep 25th 5th Annual Miles for Melanoma New Jersey 5k Run/Walk – With one weeks notice pre-event 6% of fundraisers purchased an item – Planning full integration now to pre-event communications cycle for future events. Anticipating 25% of fundraisers purchasing.
Tightening up branding
Purchase Fundraise Donate
Promote Sponsors & Brand Consistently
Longevity • Increased Engagement• Increased Awareness• Will wear this shirt over and over again• Won’t end up in the Goodwill bin
Simple Ordering Process
Support Small Events & Grassroots Fundraisers
Bringing Fundraising & Merchandise Together!
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