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Welcome!. Fundraising Workshop District 24-A Winter Conference Fredericksburg, VA February 18, 2006 Workshop Leaders: Lion Don Ballard, PDG Bill Bartlett, Lion Dennis Brining. Agenda. Criteria for success. Challenges and new fundraising criteria. Fundraising process.

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Fundraising WorkshopDistrict 24-A Winter ConferenceFredericksburg, VAFebruary 18, 2006Workshop Leaders:Lion Don Ballard, PDG Bill Bartlett, Lion Dennis Brining

  • Criteria for success.
  • Challenges and new fundraising criteria.
  • Fundraising process.
  • Grants, partnering, impact.
  • Group fundraising discussions.
  • Recommendations.
workshop leaders
Workshop Leaders
  • Lion Don Ballard

(Fund Raising Chairperson, Fairfax Host Lions Club)

  • PDG Bill Bartlett

(District 24-A Membership Chairperson)

  • Lion Dennis Brining

(District 24-A Sight First II Chairperson)


Success is not an accident….. …….and here’s why.

  • Successful clubs are managed like a good business.
  • Good businesses have a written plan that includes goals, timelines and assigned tasks.
  • Clubs need to learn to “think outside the box.”

Learn to “think outside the box”

OR be like everyone else!

Why we need new fundraising ideas.
  • Aging member population .
  • Hard labor requirements.
  • Need to fix the problem.
  • Broader scale to consider:

recruit, retain, PR.

  • Huge impact on community.
funding challenges
Funding Challenges
  • Need to sustain and grow current Lions initiatives like VLEI, INOVA low vision, Sight & Hearing Van, PBV, etc.
  • Sight First II funding requirements of $400 per Lion over next three years to contribute our fair share of global effort.
criteria for new fundraising
Criteria forNew Fundraising
  • Potential for sizable contributions.
  • Focus on increasing FHLC exposure.
  • Leverages capabilities of others.
  • Capable of gaining corporate contributions; has multi-year life.
  • Creative and FUN for the club.
  • Potential to increase membership.
  • Related to Lions goals & objectives.
fundraising process
Fundraising Process
  • The challenge.
  • Objectives.
  • Process steps.
some fundraising ideas
Some Fundraising Ideas
  • Peanut Sales year round.
  • Hot Dog Eating Contest-July 4t
  • Chili Cook Off/Barbecue contest.
  • Car Donation Program.
  • Big Event at Patriot Center.
  • Club History Book.
more fundraising ideas
More Fundraising Ideas
  • Lions Newspaper – sell ads.
  • $10k Reverse Raffle.
  • Smash a Car Booth – July 4th.
  • Work at Local Restaurant.
  • Vision Center Grants.
  • Partnerships with FACETS, NVCSA.
why we chose to start a car donation program
Why We Chose to Start a Car Donation Program
  • To replace loss of funds from cancelled fundraiser.
  • To take advantage of new IRS rules.
  • To provide a WIN, WIN, WIN for all parties involved.
benefits of program
Benefits of Program
  • Generates more charitable funds than other donation programs.
  • We pick-up, handle and sell all donated vehicles.
  • Donor gets higher (legal) tax deduction.
irs regulations
IRS Regulations
  • IRS changed vehicle donation claim rules in January 2005.
  • Old rules: Donor claims fair market value.
  • New rules: Donor claims amount charity receives.
why our program is different
Why Our Program Is Different
  • IRS exception allows fair market value deduction if charity “materially improves vehicle.”
  • We run our own program.
  • We don’t accept all vehicles offered.
  • We repair & materially improve vehicles.
  • We sell most vehicles we receive.
sharing our success with other lions clubs
Sharing Our Success With Other Lions Clubs
  • Vehicles can be donated by another Lions Club.
  • We do all the work to repair or perform maintenance.
  • We sell vehicle.
  • We share 50% of net profit with donating Lions Club.
grants and partnering
Grants and Partnering
  • Leverage local funds with LCIF $.
  • Virginia Lions Eye Institute.
  • Fairfax INOVA Hospital.
  • Northern VA Cued Speech Association.
  • Prevent Blindness Virginia.
  • Truro Episcopal Church.
  • Lions Clubs of Kabale, Uganda.
  • Other Lions Clubs.
  • $75,000 Truro Episcopal Church donation.
  • $350,000 LCIF grant for Eye Hospital in Uganda.
  • $30,000 LCIF grant with $41,500 team contributions for Uganda hospital.
  • $75,000 LCIF grant – dental & x-ray.
  • $75,000 LCIF grant, $12,500 from INOVA, $12,500 from VLEI for 24-A low vision.
  • $22,873 LCIF grant, same $ from local partners for PBV screen of 20,000+ children.
  • Serving MILLIONS not hundreds.
ideas for discussion
Ideas For Discussion?
  • Is change needed in your club?
  • Are your major fundraisers dead?
  • What fundraisers would be an improvement in person hours spent and money earned?
  • What good fundraisers does your club have?
resources available
Resources Available
  • Car Donation website.


  • Sight First II website.


  • Fairfax Host Lions website.


contact information
Contact Information
  • Lion Don Ballard

- E-Mail:

- Telephone: (571) 436-5800

  • PDG Bill Bartlett

- E-Mail: Info@FairfaxLions,org

- Telephone: (703) 978-4680

  • Lion Dennis Brining

- E-Mail:

- Telephone: (703) 503-8019