eHam Forums => Clubs => Topic started by: AA9G on August 09, 2014, 09:31:33 AM

Title: Club fundraising
Post by: AA9G on August 09, 2014, 09:31:33 AM
Hello all,
Our club has determined it might be a good idea to get a new repeater. I am wondering what sort of fund raising other clubs have used to pay for something like that, be it grants (Besides ARRL) or what ever. Car washes?  ;D

Title: RE: Club fundraising
Post by: W9FIB on August 09, 2014, 11:11:40 AM
Our group keeps its coffers full by operating our annual swapfest.

Title: RE: Club fundraising
Post by: KS2G on August 09, 2014, 12:44:33 PM
In addition to three annual hamfests (big bucks) and one-dollar 50/50 drawings at every meeting (small change) for ongoing expenses ... for major purchases, our club has had good success with "high-value limited-participation" raffles -- that is where you sell a limited small number of high-priced tickets for a high-value prize.

For example ... sell 100 tickets (and ONLY 100) at $50 each ($5,000 gross) for a prize worth $1,500 (e.g. an HF transceiver) ... to net $3,500.

The attraction to buyers is that they know their chances are exactly 1-in-100 ... rather than a large raffle, let's say 1,000 tickets at $5.00 each (same $5,000 gross) where their chances for each ticket are just 1-in-1,000. And it's easier to find 100 people (even hams) who'll pay $50 for a 1-in-100 chance for a $1,500 prize than to find enough people to buy 1,000 tickets at $5.00 each.

Title: RE: Club fundraising
Post by: W2RWJ on August 10, 2014, 06:28:15 PM
Our club runs two hamfests a year.  Equipment is generally donated, or re-purposed commercial equipment.

Just starting with grant, no re experience there.

73 Martin Flynn