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Fundraising Idea of the Month:

by Doug Nash

There are two reasons for having a public fund-raiser : to raise funds and to draw attention to your cause, organisation or message. Here is a vehicle perfect for this activity.

You need to approach a few local artists and a local shopping centre. You ask the local artists to donate their time and skill. You are helping them to get exposure, so normally they will agree. The number of artists you involve depends on what you think is right for you, the number of artists available and the types of paintings you want at the end. If you are a little short on 'real' artists consider having a few 'graffiti' artists to help out. From the local shopping centre you need a prominent position to carry out your activity.

The idea involves erecting a blank canvass and over a period of a week or two have it painted. At the end of this period you auction off the finished paintings. The paintings are cut from the canvass for framing after all the paintings have sold.

The blank canvass can be erected in the shape of a tent, positioned against a wall or any other creative idea you come up with.

The types of pictures you consider should be varied:

  • seascape
  • landscape
  • dolphins
  • horses
  • nightscape
  • flowers
  • portrait

The sizes and types of paintings, even in the same theme should be varied. The more paintings you include on the canvas the better your chance of a worthy return for your efforts.

This activity offers you wide publicity even if you can't get an article in the local paper. However this activity allows for a wide scope of ingenuity at the planning stage to increase all angles of promotion during the implementation.

With careful planning and a little imagination you can use this idea to both raise funds and raise the awareness of your organisation and it's cause.

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Doug Nash lives in Logan City in Queensland, Australia. He has graciously consented to share a fundraising idea with us every month. Although many of the ideas aren't new, each of them has a unique flair that comes from being developed and refined half a world away from ours. Visit his web site at for more fundraising ideas.

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