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Master Calendar 2000
by Deane Brengle
Each month we take a look at what fundraising opportunities the holidays and other seasonal events present for the future month.
If your group has a fundraising activity that is centered on a holiday or season
The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is reserved for June 14th. Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916, but even today is not a federal holiday.
For those of you choosing to hold an event tied to Flag Day there are a lot of benefits:
Types of events suitable for Flag Day
An event isn't the only way to utilize Flag Day in your fundraising efforts. Kim Klein of the Chardon Press recommends, "Most of us don't even own a flag anymore, but when I was a kid everyone put out a flag on June 14. At Center City Organizing Project, we were reminded by one of our senior members of the principles the flag stands for: Freedom of Speech, Liberty, Democracy, Equality, Pursuit of Happiness. With your help, we will continue to work for these ideals. We aren't putting out a flag, but we are putting out a request - will you help us with an extra gift? You cherish these ideals as much as we do, and with your help they can become reality for all people."
You can read more great fundraising advice from her "Grassroots Fundraising Journal" online at http://www.chardonpress.com/titles/gr_journal.html
Flag Day Resources
The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
For those of you choosing to hold an event tied to Father's Day there are a lot of benefits:
Types of events suitable for Father's Day
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About the Author:
Deane Brengle is the editor of several free online publications that cover fundraising for small nonprofit groups. You can visit these publications and read more about fundraising in articles by him and other experts in the field at The Fund$Raiser Cyberzine, The Fundraising for Small Groups Newsletter, and Fundraising Booklets.