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One of the things around here is Fundraising Benefits for families that are going thru a tough time. They have had a house fire and lost everything or they are have a major medical issue, etc.

 

That being said, as a business we get asked ALL the time for silent auction donations. We have designed a form for the requestor to fill out and have internally set up criteria as to who we will donate to. I am looking for ideas for something to give that will get bids to raise funds and will promote what we do as a business. We usually give alignment gift certificates, valued up to $80, our 4 wheel alignment is $79.99, and a t-shirt packaged together.

 

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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We do the same with shop gift coupons for oil changes, tires rotations and such. We just make the coupons on a 8.5 x 11 and laminate them. We also give them a number which we track in a spreadsheet as to who/what we donated to and then tracked which RO they were used on as well as any additional sales it generated. I had a nephew that used to make these really cool barb wire crosses that I would buy from him and give away. I paid him $40 for each one and they would always bring $100+ at the auctions.

I am working on standard language for requests and denials so we can be more consistent in our language. We have a donation request form on our website that I could make easier to fill out but I don't want it to be to easy. We point everybody to the website. My committee is sometimes just me and those people that come in at the last minute, we don't even mess with unless it's something near and dear to me. Most of the people we just tell that we plan and budget the bulk of our donations a year in advance. I am working towards just making budgeted contributions to a Charitable Trust that I have and then any request will have to go through the trust. This would just give us a buffer and allow staff to simply tell people who ask, that donations are handled through the trust which only meets monthly or quarterly. I have included the simple form from our website. I would appreciate any feedback as well. sas-donation-request1.pdf

 

 

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