Fund Raising Champion
Every team needs a leader to coordinate and have an overview of the strategy employed. Enthusiasm for for the project and a willingness to keep the fundraising moving ahead is essential. Looking for new avenues of funding while not neglecting the work underway is important too.
We are hoping to tap several avenues of funding and so there might be four small teams operating at any given time. We need parents or friends of the group therefore to operate in a way that suits them. Each of these teams may have a team leader. The teams initially will be:
Identifying and writing to (and possibly following up with emails and phone calls) companies who are sympathetic to our cause should prove a great way of gathering the funds we need. We might look for companies who have a nautical connection or perhaps are run by former Sea Scouts or Royal/Merchant Navy personnel. We give young people confidence and skills for life. As Sea Scouts we are uniquely placed to teach water sport skills. Young people who can work in a team and take responsibility for tasks make not only good citizens but favourable employees as well.
Trusts and Foundations
We need parents who like the challenge of identifying, understanding the criteria needed and applying for the plethora of grants that are out there on offer. We anticipate this to be a good chunk of the overall funding.
Personal Giving and Community
At any given moment the group normally has between 90 and 100 uniformed youth members. If every member took the responsibility of raising £3000-£4000 each, we would be nearly at our goal! But, some families have two or even three children in the group and that would not be fair even if it was doable. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of potential on the smaller scale. We all know people who can help either financially or in some other way. We can encourage people to make regular giving standing orders or to donate one off sums. We can still bag pack at supermarkets and collect in buckets at sporting events. We can look out for local sponsors. We can donate ourselves and or run social events where donating is part of the fun. This all needs organising too. This team just needs to be creative and should be on the look out for new people and a variety of methods.
The project will require certain parts which are not concrete or steel tie rods. We think it be useful to crowdfund for those parts in particular. For instance the whole of the kitchen/galley, the solar panelling, the lift, or maybe the boiler/heating system. And for those parts of the project a small team to organise this would be a real asset. Of course it might also be possible that a company might be approached to provide those parts either at discount or as donation.
We think that it will be necessary to put in place good communication between the parent teams and each other so that we all know where we are with a company, an application, or an event. We are a registered charity and we must be and appear to be as professional in our dealings with our givers. And so we feel that an administrator to help the Fundraising Champion keep up with the progress is essential. This person could also liaise with the group treasurer.
Supporter Care Communicators
As organisations and individuals make contributions, it is only right that we thank them. But not only that, we ought to communicate how we are doing and in what way their money or help is assisting us. They are our partners now and should receive some updates etc. A small team ought to focus on this solely.They will also be in communication with the Administrator.