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For Nov. 18, 2006 Retreat
- Harry Demasiado [Armyboi5@aol.com 305-206-0119 (Mobile), 954-416-9089
http://www.myspace.com/demasiado] asks how he can get a fundraiser going
in Southern Florida. Loose suggestions:
Artwork for Sale.
Poster for Leather Bars
Database - mail-merge campaigns..
Wiki as an alternative to website Planning Pages
QuickBooks - Need update to use newer MS IE browser. We're at 2004
Video taping elder artists - grant?
- Three to five members living in the area willing to sponsor an event.
(Required not only for manpower, but financial and presentation integrity.
- Venue confirmation / coordination with the administrator. Legitimacy
issues as well as the kind of artwork that can be displayed without
causing local "issues". Can artwork be stapled to the walls
- Foundation should provide: Door prizes, Passports, membership forms
and MANY inexpensive -- but "good" quality samples of artwork
by Tom and other artists that can be raffled off at the event (Lanier
printer should work fine, with a few larger works for pizzazz).
- Foundation can provide advertising in local gay rags if it's fairly
- A "Welcome to The Tom of Finland Foundation" DVD that
can be played two or three times during the fundraiser explaining
the Foundation and clips of what we do. (Four to seven minutes maximum.)
- Forms and envelopes to make it easy to do the bookkeeping.
- We can get "burned". But if our costs are low, even one-out-of-ten
flops should more than compensate -- assuming about a $1,000 return
on most events. My biggest concern is the Tom of Finland Foundation
reputation if things turn sour. I do, however, believe that the overall
concept is sound -- with the proper checks and balances.
- Support may vary depending on demographics.
- My response to Harry:
- Dear Harry,
Thanks for your interest... and inspiration!
I am forwarding your inquiry to Dan Babcock,
our administrator, for an "official" response -- and
some of our board members for their consideration.
Your timing is excellent. This coming
Saturday our board of directors, employees, and other people active
with the Foundation are getting together for our yearly "brainstorming
session" -- and new fundraising concepts is one area we are
going to explore.
Most of our fundraisers have been local
to the Los Angeles, California region. Creating a fundraising
"program" for enthusiastic supporters of the Foundation
far from our Headquarters, such as yourself, is certainly worth
pursuing -- in my humble opinion. It is an issue I will be raising
To help me with this presentation, feel
free to get back to me within a few days. How do YOU envision
a fundraiser for the Foundation? Most often they occur at a bar
or tavern in a "beer bust" format with raffles for prizes
and artwork -- along with a presentation about the Foundation
and it's work. But we certainly don't want to lock out other ideas.
Feel free to explain your vision.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
(And I'm curious about where in Southern Florida you hail from.)
Yours in brotherhood,
ODDS & ENDS
Terms & Conditions Article
Sharp: The idea of a person responsible for writing (and/or editing)
press releases and maintaing the Foundation's press book is a good one.
An "Information Officer"? Somehow (with consideration
to hi-res images) ToFF Press Releases should be publically accessible
from the website's home page. Someone should have the job of seeing that
there is a "Tom of Finland in the News" section, as well. Clipping
services are expensive and press agents even more! How much can the Foundation
spend on a buzz-generator?
New or updated biographies and/or photos for Durk, Babcock, Furman, and