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Scott Burton
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I'm officially signed up to run a 72 hours from Dec 29 2013 to Jan 1 2014 in Phoenix. In the entry form, it asked if I was running in support of a charity. I said "no" but it got me thinking: could my effort help a charity and could I gain some publicity while assisting a charity in gaining publicity and cash?

Anyone familiar with non-profits and/or setting up fundraising partnerships who would have suggestions? Any suggestions or ideas to take my personal adventure to both a business (publicity) and giving-back-to-the-community level?
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You may want to consider a local school group. School groups are always looking for ways to raise money,
and that's where you find the most sellers.


On a smaller scale I have done really well with fundraising at my preschool over the years.
So if I can be of help with basic information, just let me know.

But you should find lots of good general info about fundraising here:
http://www.stepbystepfundraising.com/


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I have done quite a bit with Fundraisers, including partnerships and sponsorships. Our fundraising Program is one of the things I am most proud of as I had assistance in creating it with two of the giants in fundraising and entertainment fundraising.

I love working partnerships with Fundraisers. They are typically very receptive as long as you spell out exactly what the benefits are to them, what you expect from them, and how it can create a win-win venture for the both of you. A proposal is the best way to express this. It doesn't have to be extensive but just a basic page or two with an overview of your interests and outlining the things I just mentioned.

In my experience, depending on your timeframe, getting local or regional sponsorship partners are easier than major national deals. Local are the easiest, and even easier if there is a logical connection and tie-in.

Share with then some biographical info on yourself including your recent press coverage and why you think they would be a great match for you and your event. Of course you also have to include their role and what specifically you want from them in advance, at the event or otherwise.

You will find them to be very receptive depending on your needs. If you are seeking upfront financial support it is a but harder than if you are just seeking promotional support, media, staff or other easily executable needs.

I'm sure you would have no problems with this Scott. I have found these lead to many other opportunities and contacts, but just be sure it is truly a win- win arrangement with a deliverable promise. Best of luck.
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Scott, the only charity I give to and consider worthy is "Make A Widh Foundation." Every penny goes to the children that have catastrophic diseases to fulfil their wish, which is often their last wish. Please help them out
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While having a major sponsor like Cancer, Make A Wish, Etc, sounds good, somebody has to get out there and raise the money. I personally think you would come out better seeking a smaller group for now. Nothing against the large organizations, but you need hustlers to get out there and take up money from family and friends.

A major event raising money for a local small school group would not only make a great headline, but it could start other groups wanting you. And if you go about it right, raising five thousand dollars for a local group will get you more national publicity than raising a million for a major sponsor. No question about it, you need to give one hundred percent of the money to the group. For now anyway.

I know you use your running stories in your talks, and what better line to use than, "I give the money away."

Just some more thoughts,
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Thanks for your suggestions all. I will look further into them as I just had a couple of moments to look over them.

I just wanted to be clear that I don't need any sponsorship cash personally. If it can support a charity and I can get a little publicity that's great. I wasn't intending on having an income stream.
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I'm actually considering doing a 24 hour run associated with a local school (my kid's school) then heading off to do the larger event. I suppose a 2-step campaign. Anyway, just tossing ideas around for now.

Thanks all! Please keep sending your thoughts as it does help!
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I would be honored if you would consider Magicians Without Borders.
Scott Burton
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Got hooked up with a local cause to do a local 24 hour run challenge (a pre-72 hour training event). They are very excited and the planning has begun!
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Way to go Scott. I knew you achieve something to your liking.
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Got the cause, the host location, and the date all wrapped up for my 1st event (24 hour). Coming soon Smile

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Join up with Lunches With Love on Facebook if you wish to get updates on the event and live progress during. https://www.facebook.com/LunchesWithLoveWinnipeg
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Well done Scott.

Wishing both yourself, and the charity, all the VERY best !

Bobby.
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I have multiple schools involved now, my first news interview is set-up for today even with the event a month away (releases haven't even been sent yet), and I have a popular local radio show host set to run with me. Very exciting. Many more things to come Smile
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Congratulations on teaming up with a great cause. People generally do not realize how widespread the problem is in their own backyard. Unlike other worthy causes like cancer, heart, etc., you can make an immediate impact on the hunger of a child. I was fortunate to be involved in starting a Food Bank in my community many years ago and it still makes me feel great to be involved and seeing so many people getting help.
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An easy way for you to help! I am 1 of 29 people in Canada up for the "Tensor Brand Hero" which recognizes people using physical activity to support a charity in 2013. A click of your mouse to vote (just once OR once a day) could help get Lunches With Love $2000 to feed the homeless. Judged by 50% votes, 25% passion for the cause, and 25% for the physical activity element. Your vote could really count! Please and thank you Smile https://www.facebook.com/TensorBrand?sk=......84994%7D
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Tell us more, SIX!


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On 2013-03-25 22:18, SIX wrote:
I would be honored if you would consider Magicians Without Borders.
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I have appeared in a charity variety show for several years now. The organization that benefits is CANPAC (Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention for Alcona County). I am in the process of putting together a full-length stage show (no big box illusions...can't afford them). I will use this show as a fundraiser for the organization and work on a 70/30 split.

This will be a one-man (no assistants) show that packs small and plays big. My hope is to be able to pack the entire show into a large rubbermaid storage tub. I intend to have a main table in the middle of the stage, and two side utility tables stage left and right. I should be able to have the entire first half of the show set, then set the second half during intermission so I never have to leave the stage.

After THIS show, I hope to market the show as a fundraiser to other groups as well. I am thinking of focusing specifically on community theatre groups, since they already have the stage, light and sound, plus the personnel that know how to run them.

I still need 3 to 5 additional effects to round out the show. Here is what I am working with thus far (in no particular order):

Zombie
Snowstorm in China
Gypsy Balloon
Silk Fountain (with other silk productions as a prelude)
D'Lites
Floating Rose
Linking Rings
Kandu Komedy Karton
Mind Reading Orange
Professor's Nightmare
Miser's Dream
Robert Baxt's mouthcoil routine
Comedy Balloon Pump

Any suggestions for other effects that would play well in a family show? I think I probably have enough stuff which requires volunteers from the audience.
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Scott Burton
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Perhaps ask the question in the kids / family show area. Not really a business question.

If I were to answer, I'd say that there are about 10,000 different effects to choose from and it's all about your preference and how you can best entertain. You are the most qualified to answer.
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