Monday, January 14, 2013

Need Funds? Buy Bricks!

Let's face it, everyone could use a little extra cash every now and then. And in today's economy it can be tough for non-profits, schools and other facilities to raise the funds they need to continue offering the products or services they provide. But, with just a simple phone call to Emerson Monument Co and a little sales effort, your organization can start a sustainable fundraiser that gives donors even more of a reason to pull out their check books.

Engraved brick fundraisers have been around for decades and have been used by both non-profit and for-profit organizations alike. The reason it works is because donors are recognized in a manner that is both fairly permanent and public. Because the public can see who donated, it is not uncommon for organizations to recognize various donor levels by including level icons on the pavers along with donor information.

While planning to do a brick fundraiser there are several questions important questions to ask and address.

Where will your bricks be placed?
    • I have seen facilities incorporate bricks into sidewalks and walkways, place them around planters and garden areas and lay them into walls.
  • Who will manage the brick campaign?
    • The most successful campaigns are those that have a dedicated campaign manager who works closely with the donor and with Emerson Monument Company to ensure all provided information will fit on the brick and all engraved information is accurate. A great campaign manager will also keep track of where on the premises the brick is located so donors may find it with ease.
  • When will the bricks be placed?
    • From our experience we have found that it is typically less expensive to place several bricks at one time as opposed to placing one here and one there.
    • If you envision your fundraising effort to last for several years, we recommend visiting with us about how to appropriately plan and how our on-site engraving services work.
Think your organization can't do bricks? Think again! We have done bricks for the following types of organizations:
  • public schools
  • private schools
  • pre-schools and day cares
  • athletic leagues
  • civic memorials
  • therapeutic treatment facilities
  • arts centers
  • gardens
  • churches
  • animal shelters
  • non-profit foundations
  • cities/downtowns
  • amusement parks
If you would like to explore the possibility of an engraved brick or paver fundraising campaign for your organization, contact Emerson Monument Company and learn how your group can grow!

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