[ubuntu-marketing] [ubuntu-us-ma] Tips/advice for successful community funded (marketing) projects?
danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Thu Mar 4 05:48:30 GMT 2010
On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 16:15, Caroline Meeks <caroline at solutiongrove.com>
> Hi Danny,
> Sorry, I think I missed the beginning of the thread on what you are
> fundraising for.
The deadline is coming up soon and we've raised $1785 with just $415 to go!
If anyone has some money to spare, this is the final push! We *will* be at
the convention and we need enough money to cover printing the manga and
flier. check out the draft here and let us know what you think
The ball is really getting rolling and i expect this to be very successful!
I've done a bit of fundraising for some Sugar on a Stick projects and there
> are small grants available depending on who you are and what and especially
> where you are working.
> The Do Something Grant of $500 for college and high school students was
> successful for us for instance.
Ah, i hadn't thought of getting grants before. Do you have any other
recommended grants to apply for? What else have you dont to raise money?
> On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Danny Piccirillo <
> danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> Thanks guys, if anybody has other good fundraising ideas, please post
>> So far, there seem to be a few different ways to fundraise:
>> - Holding regular events where people can make small donations
>> - Does anybody have any creative ideas for events (besides
>> installfests) where this could be successful? I'd like to organize a booth
>> on the street in a popular part of the city to showcase Ubuntu
>> - Buying something in bulk and selling (the Ubuntu Massachusetts team
>> did this with aluminum Ubuntu case badges<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MassachusettsTeam/Projects/AluminiumCaseBadges>
>> - What else have people sold, or think might be good to sell?
>> - Just plain old announcing a project and looking for funders (Ubuntu
>> Massachusetts is doing this with Anime Boston<http://ubuntu-massachusetts.com/events/9/>
>> - Any ideas on how to do this more effectively?
>> - Other methods you can think of?
>> On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 21:54, Jan Claeys <lists at janc.be> wrote:
>>> Op vrijdag 05-02-2010 om 13:13 uur [tijdzone -0500], schreef Jamal:
>>> > I'm not particularly familiar with the topic of fundraising, so I
>>> > apologize if my comments aren't helpful.
>>> > How would it work if you asked attendees to donate a low amount for
>>> > such events as release parties or other type of gatherings? They are
>>> > expected to receive dinner, so I don't see why that would be too much
>>> > to ask for. What are your thoughts?
>>> Well, "release parties" are different things for every locoteam, but if
>>> you have a party where people can eat/drink, then of course it's useful
>>> to make a little bit of profit on that!
>>> Also, asking for donations can be really useful sometimes. Most people
>>> will give you a small amount like 0.50 or 1 € here, but sometimes
>>> somebody gives 10 of 20 € too (e.g. because they are happy with Ubuntu,
>>> have no time to volunteer, and thus want to help another way).
>>> Donations can also be in addition to the base price of something, e.g.
>>> if a drink is 1,50 €, make posters that any change money not claimed is
>>> for the benefit of the locoteam, so if somebody pays with 2 € and says
>>> "keep the change", you make an (extra) 0.50 € profit for the locoteam.
>>> (Of course that's not possible when you are at a venue where you can't
>>> sell your own drinks/food. Make sure you use a venue where you can.
>>> Volunteering for the bar is also a good way for non-technical people to
>>> help the locoteam!)
>>> PS: the € is used as an example monetary unit, replace by whatever is
>>> used in your country! ;-)
>>> Jan Claeys
>>> loco-contacts mailing list
>>> loco-contacts at lists.ubuntu.com
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On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 00:13, Jan Claeys <lists at janc.be> wrote:
> Op woensdag 17-02-2010 om 12:16 uur [tijdzone -0500], schreef Danny
> > Thanks guys, if anybody has other good fundraising ideas, please post
> > them!
> > So far, there seem to be a few different ways to fundraise:
> > * Holding regular events where people can make small donations
> > * Does anybody have any creative ideas for events
> > (besides installfests) where this could be successful?
> > I'd like to organize a booth on the street in a
> > popular part of the city to showcase Ubuntu
> We have booths at the regular computer sales fairs organized all over
> the country here ( http://www.dipro.be/benl/micro_mega_market in nl/fr).
> (We get a 50% discount for being a "non profit computer club", maybe
> because we attract some extra people by listing our presence on our
> I also heard some locoteam(s?) have had a booth at a folk festival.
> (Something I've been considering before...)
Do you collect donations there? How much does it cost you and how to you
make money from that?
> > * Buying something in bulk and selling (the Ubuntu Massachusetts
> > team did this with aluminum Ubuntu case badges)
> > * What else have people sold, or think might be good to
> > sell?
> T-shirts, mugs, stickers, keychains, mousemats, ... (We ordered stuff
> from the Canonical shop & resold it at FOSDEM with some profit.)
> Also: posters, localised CDs, locoteam t-shirts, ...
> We also had a 1-weekend booth at a large (about 10000 visitors / day)
> commercial 9-day long fair in one city here, by being offered a "small"
> part of a large organisation's exposition space for 2 days.
> We didn't sell anything there, nor did we ask for any gifts, but just
> having a booth at that fair would have been financially impossible
> without their offer (even if ubuntu-be is maybe a "rich" locoteam
> compared to many others), so sometimes cooperation with companies or
> government institutions can help you get in places where you wouldn't be
> able to get otherwise.
Wow, cool-- does most of the money you do make come from selling items at
fairs and conventions?
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