I have a LOAD of volunteered photographers for our event in New Haven - about 20 right now.. The problem is that not many of them seem to very gung-ho on collecting donations. I am kind of at a loss on what to do. I'd love to be able to maybe sell something or have an auction, but I just cant do it on my own - I am already organizing the entire event, I can't fund raise as well!!!
Why don't you just have every photographer bring $5 the day of the event. How much money do you need? Figure it out, divide by number of volunteers, pad it a bit for unforeseen circumstances and then ask people to bring money the day of the event. We did that last year to pay for food, name tags and other stuff we needed throughout the day. Leftover money went to a local charity.
well for one I ask the photographers for a lot already, I dont want to make them pay to be a part of the event. Another is that they can''t bring cash the day of the event, they need to make the payment via paypal so its tax deductible..
If you have a good network to be able to brodcast about an auction - what about an ebay auction where the photographers auction off a portrait session? I've seen charity auctions similar to this. I don't know the details as far as the tax deductible part - I'm trying to research that myself right now.
An auction isn't a tax deductible donation, which is ok because the people bidding will actually receive something of value in return for their bid. There are charity auction websites as well - i just can't think of what to auction.. A portrait session is ok, but could be hard to organize with the photogs.
You can also try to eliminate major costs by actually getting businesses to donate the "things you need". Printing the photos will always be an issue with HP, depending upon your size. I dont know how many people you are looking at, but for our Denver group, we have 800 people actually booked, not including walk ins. We were very lucky to make a conscious effort this year to make sure we got things donated.
Consider getting a bank to sponsor your printing, or paper, etc..