Posted on January 30th, 2012 No comments
A request was posted on the WisPubLib discussion group, asking for creative ways that a library’s Friends group can use to raise money to support programming.
A list of ideas that were received was compiled here, and below is a sample:
- Our Friends sell engraved bricks starting at $100 up to $600 based on size (I think those prices are correct). They are placed in a path leading to the library.
- Our Friends team up with a local greenhouse. The Friends pay $9.00 (used to be $8) each to buy coupons worth $12, which are sold to customer for $10 each. So, the Friends make $1.50 per coupon and the customers save $2 per coupon. It’s easy for the staff, people who are going to buy plants anyway love that they are getting a bargain. Last year, in our library that serves about 20,000, the Friends made $975 with this sale.
- We have also done fundraisers at restaurants like Chilis who give 10% back when people bring in a voucher to the restaurant. The restaurant then cuts a check to the Friends after the 4-week fundraising period. I believe we raised $300 last time we had a fundraiser there.
- Our Friends and Library Foundation have teamed up and run a very successful Wine Tasting for several years (we missed 2011). This year they are planning a “Wine and Stein,” event. A local establishment offers their dining hall and staff, if we purchase the food and beverages from them. We have many organizations and merchants in the area that donate items for a silent auction and raffle. Volunteers run everything the day of the event – from asking for donations months in advance, recruiting volunteers, selling raffle tickets onsite, to pouring wine, to announcements and of course all the pre-planning, set up and clean up. The first year we raised $3000, second and third year brought $5-7,00 and the best year was $10,000. This is a very profitable fund raiser for a half-day event.
- We are finishing up our mini golf course for “Tee off @ the library”. You can rent it when we are done. Also, we are doing a Wine/chocolate Tasting Event. Lake Mills Winery is bringing their own wines. It will be a semi formal night. $15 per person $25 per couple. We shall see. One of the best and easiest things I have ever done is to buy one of those plastic parking meter toys. Our Friends group gets about $80 per quarter year. For doing nothing. I know it’s silly, but it’s easy.
- I have worked with other groups–not just Friends–who had some very successful Burger and Bean dinners with pie raffles. They are a lot of work, but you can just do the pie raffle with a program on home cooking or something. Or, do one of the Edible Book contests, and then raffle off the Edible Books. That would fun and great newsworthy hoopla. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_Book_Festival (they are on black out right now) and closer to home: http://www.library.wisc.edu/edible-book/
- An idea I would share that our foundation is working on for next winter: We are going to have a miniature golf tournament in the library. Local companies and groups can sponsor holes, allowing for promotion and creativity. We’ll also offer prizes for attire, scores, and other things people do at golf tourneys. Just a thought, but it may suit you. There are companies that do this for a fee, but they decided to cut out the middle man and really let the sponsors go crazy with creative ideas.
- Our Friends group has a very successful Cookie Walk the day after Thanksgiving held in conjunction with our town’s Christmas Walk. We net about $2000 each year on that one. We’ve also held a Wine Tasting for about 9 years now that is also very successful. We hold this one the first weekend of October (appealing to leaf lookers that come up by us as well as locals). For one entry ticket price, guests get wine & beer samples, hot and cold appetizers and one free raffle ticket. In addition we offer additional raffle tickets for sale to win baskets and items donated by the Friends and local merchants. This year we also added a silent auction with various items donated by Friends members. This year’s Wine Tasting was our most successful yet with a net of a little over $5000. The Friends also have dues. Plus, my assistant librarian and her husband are wonderful nature photographers. They have been taking their photos and creating note cards, calendars and prints. The Friends sell them and keep the profits. We also created a Boulder Junction History book 10 years ago that we still sell. Also, our used book sale is held every Tuesday in the summer in conjunction with our Lions Flea Market in our parking lot. The combined fundraising efforts net the Friends about $10,000 a year.
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Posted on September 30th, 2011 No comments
- have a membership drive
- promote your group in the community
- raise awareness
- contact the newspaper about a feature article about your Friends group and all the great work they’ve done on for your library
This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.
Here are some Promotion and Celebration Ideas for Friends Groups:
- Download the sample press release and add information about your group. Highlight your programs, money donated to the library, number of volunteer hours, etc. – anything that helps to paint the picture of how your group supports the library.
- Create a photo opportunity in advance of or during National Friends of Libraries Week.
- Create a large “Thank You” card to post near the display or membership table coordinated by the Friends (if they decide to do this). Ask staff to personalize the card and/or sign their names.
A Friends group can support your library by coordinating programs, volunteering in the library, promoting the library in the community, and advocating for libraries on the state & national level.
Posted on January 31st, 2011 No comments
A recent post on the Publib discussion list generated lots of great ideas for promoting membership in your Friends of the Library group. Here are some choice ideas to consider trying at your library:
- Friends-only preview of book sale, with memberships sold at the door.
- Jr. Friends group members (10-12 years old) take part in parades, decorate cookies and ornaments, and have special members-only events such as watching a pop concert video.
- The membership card has x-number of free copies and free coffee, with an expiration date.
- 10% discount at all book sales.
- Volunteers receive a token of appreciation at certain levels of hours of donated time, plus a book plate in the book of their choice recognizing the volunteer hours, as well as a press release listing those who reached a new level for the year.
- At $50 membership level, Friends receive a $5 book sale coupon, and a $10 coupon for those at the $100 level, other levels are being considered.
- Buy one, get one free privilege at the book sale.
- Director takes Friends on a short trip each year — for example, to a historical location or a large library.
- Imprinted canvas book bag is offered as an incentive to renew membership.
- Friends membership drive: Advertisement in local paper during drive weeks, membership form on bookmarks given to each patron at checkout, printed brochures with membership form, renewal letter sent to current members, membership form on website (to be printed and brought or mailed in).
Posted on July 30th, 2010 No comments
Two Friends groups will each win $250 in honor of their activities during National Friends of Libraries Week, October 17-23, 2010.
- Write a 1-page summary of activities in conjunction with the celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week
- fill out an application form
- fill out a release form
Deadline: December 1, 2010.
Source: National Friends of Libraries Week Awards, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF)