Friends of the Library Fundraiser
How many times have you seen on the local news that the library in your city is running out of money to stay open? Believe it or not, it is happening more often than you think. This is why having a Fundraiser, possibly so fittingly titled “friends of the Library Fundraiser” is not a bad idea to organize.
There are a number of different ideas for the library fundraiser. One of the most attractive to consider is a read-a-thon. This fits the image of a library and at the same time has the potential to raise thousands of dollars. By having participants receive donations for each book they read, such as $1.00 per book, the fundraiser could end up being very profitable, especially if there are a large number of participants.
Whether you decide to do a read-a-thon or any other type of fundraiser, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is to determine who will head up the fundraiser? This individual will be responsible for all aspects from the beginning to the end and does not have to be the librarian. Some of the responsibilities include the need to determine a start date and end date and most importantly, which fundraiser they would like to do. The determination of which library fundraiser to do could solely be based on how much money needs to be raised. Since there are a number of different fundraisers to choose from, it is always a good idea to consider the ones that give the most profit back to the organization. It can be very frustrating to conduct a fundraiser with all that is involved and only receive as little as 25% profit, knowing that there are other ideas that generate upwards of 90% or more.
Libraries may need to raise money for many reasons. It is not always because their doors are going to shut. Over time many of the books tend to loose their originality. Papers are torn and covers are damaged. For this reason, the libraries hold fundraisers in order to replace the old books. By being a friend of the library and contributing to the libraries needs, your generosity will not go unnoticed. With silent words and gestures your efforts will be noticeably appreciated.