Family Reunion Forum
Re: Family Reunion Fundraisers
In Response To: Family Reunion Fundraisers ()
One thing I've done to create more interest in the reunion and to get more people to attend is started a family newsletter that is sent out by mail as well as posted to the website. Anyone who has an e-mail address in the family contact database will get notice of a new newsletter posted to the website in their e-mail and everyone who does not have an e-mail gets a hard color copy sent to their mailbox. I'm hoping it will turn into the Jet Magazine. **Laughs** You know, how someone picks it up and then takes it home and then wants to get one delivered to them too.
In addition, I also started doing some genealogical research on the family. As I get information from people, I ask for contact numbers or sometimes, on their own accord they will give me contact numbers of other people that they know who may have more information on our history. When I make these calls, I make sure to tell them about the fact that we have family reunions and when and where the next one is going to be. I also get their contact information.
I am also thinking about an address drive too. Whomever provides the most addresses that we don't have and gets the majority of the people they provided addresses and phone numbers for to come to the reunion will get some sort of prize or perhaps part of their reunion fees discounted. That perhaps can encourage more people to come too.
As far as fundraisers, me and my committee are currently working on ours. One that we had, that can be done anywhere in the country, is setting up regional groups in the family that gather up items from their homes that they think would be sellable to others and post them to EBay. All the proceeds would go to the family reunion. This is something that could work great for our family as we are all spread out all over the United States. In addition, all it requires is internet access and a digital camera. The shipping costs are included with the item price and it doesn't require out of pocket cost to family members.
Another one is creating a DVD of the last reunion, as I'm doing, and selling it on our website using PayPal with all the proceeds going to the family reunion. I plan to offer it for between $15 to $20.