Sun, 29 November 2009
Included in this podcast is: Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades discuss How to Use Events with Jamie Hanson.
Jamie helps with Young Life College and International North. In addition to helping folks with their personal fundraising. He works with people who all have to raise $40,000 - $150,000 each.
The most efficient way to raise money is with events but the most EFFECTIVE way to raise money is face to face with your donors. These folks meet with upwards of 200 people in nine months and they raise all they need. More and more Jamie's become convinced that even local areas need to spend most of their time with donors face to face.
The answer to the question, "Should we do the blank event?" is, "No." But to get new people interested in and informed about Young Life, events are good. Some events in addition to the banquet and golf tournament they consider:
Area-wide Car Wash - No for the budget, yes for having kids raise campership funds.
5K Run-Walk - Team YL does a bike event that's been ultr successful. 20 people raised $17,000 to bike from their city to a Young Life camp. Volunteers run the event and raise the money. The main point is that a volunteer takes on accountability for the event and volunteers raise the money. Someone else needs to run it.
Cow Plop Event - Have heard it was hugely successful for one area. This is probably good for kids raising funds for campership only.
Do Wash - a horrible idea - a lot of work for not much money.
Cake Auction - by itself not strong but one area in TN added a twist that made this a super successful event. They asked local celebrities to bake a cake to auction off. Also ask the celebrity to invite all their friends to the auction. They explain the ministry, have kids give testimony and they start the bidding at $1000. The area that does this raises $20,000 doing this.
You event has to fit with your area's overall strategy. Think through each event you're considering. Is the time and work involved worth the amount you expect to raise? Could those 100 to 200 hours be better spent meeting one on one with your top donors?
Only have volunteers do events. You spend your time meeting with your donors one on one.
Selling Christmas Wreaths: One volunteer makes all the wreaths for $5 each which includes a ribbon: Thanks for Supporting Young Life and give them to your top donors as thank you gifts.
You need to have a strategy for the event. Remember they're a great way to introduce Young Life to new folks, but they're not the best way to raise funds.
Maximize your time for minstry with kids by having fun but using strategy to plan your events.
Sun, 22 November 2009
This podcast includes: Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades discuss the top three things you need to do weekly to fund your area.
1) Have a prayer strategy: Prayer is a fundraising strategy. We show up for God's deal. The Lord does the work. Pray for the right team to help you with funding. Ex.: We just listed the names of people we wanted to have on our team and with no connection to them, we just prayed for them and then asked them. From that came eight or nine people who are our TDS team.
The three things are:
1) Have a prayer strategy
2) Have a Taking Donosr Seriously (TDS) Team
3) Have a Financial Master Plan (FMP)
It's simple: Pray - team - plan.
List the top 20 percent of people who are on your team of supporters, the people who care about you and pray for them. Then ask them if they will join you in building a team to own the funding in the area - a TDS team. Your TDS team needs to come from there.
If nobody will be on your TDS team then find a prayer coordinator and ask them to pray for a TDS team. If you don't know where to start find a prayer coordinator and ask them to pray for a TDS team.
You need an FMP. It's a calendar of five things you want to do over the year. Schedule in all your events, thank yous, communications, when you're going to ask your top tier donors for money and who is going to do the asking.
Get the TDS manual. All the steps are in it. Win a free hard copy of the TDS manual by being one of the first 10 people who email: email@example.com and say, "I want a free TDS manual."
You can also download the manual for free or order hard copies for $8 each.
For more information about TDS teams, monthly strategies and all things fundraising go to the Staff Resources site and type: field development into the search box and hit go.
To maximize your time for ministry with kids do these three things: Prayer - team - plan every week.
Sun, 15 November 2009
Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades talk with Mark Booth on Adult Guest Program
Discussion on the Adult Guest Program: What it is and how to use it.
Mark is a product of the Adult Guest Program / Family camp. Mark was moved by this program and became involved as volunteer and eventually on staff. When you get a person on a property they get infected by Young Life. Young Life is caught not taught. If you get a person to go to camp they get hooked.
Steps to get people involved in The Adult Guest Program
For more information on The Adult Guest Program visit Field Development website by typing Field Development into the search engine on Staff resources.
Remember to Maximize your time with kids by using the Adult Guest program.
Sun, 8 November 2009
Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades talk with Susan LaCava-Discussion about research
Sun, 1 November 2009
Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades talk with Dave Phillips