[ubuntu-us-ma] Tips/advice for successful community funded (marketing) projects?

Danny Piccirillo danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Wed Feb 17 17:16:26 GMT 2010

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
   - Buying something in bulk and selling (the Ubuntu Massachusetts team did
   this with aluminum Ubuntu case
      - 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
      - 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!  ;-)
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> Jan Claeys
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