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Feedback Request Fundraising Ideas - What do you like and dislike?

Discussion in 'NWFA Feedback Requests' started by Joe Link, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This is a copy of a thread I posted earlier this week in our supporter section, asking for ideas and feedback on the way we raise money. We're in need of another server upgrade.

    I've received a lot of great feedback from supporters, now I'm hoping to get a perspective from those who aren't (or who didn't see the thread) :)

    If you haven't seen it yet, check out the thread about the return of our fundraiser giveaways.

    Any ideas are appreciated!
     
  2. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Anyone? o_O
     
  3. Lilhigbee

    Lilhigbee SE Portland Visit Target550.com Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was just reading some of the political threads here and was really disappointed to see how many people with over a thousand posts haven't bothered to contribute even a lousy twenty bucks. It's disgraceful.
    I would think that if even a quarter of all the members signed up for bronze supporter status you could devote your time to more important things than fundraising.
    I consider NWFA a bargain for my contribution. Thanks for making it happen!!
     
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  4. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    No one looks WAAAAY, way down here at the bottom of the NWFA world? I know I don't usually....And I miss stuff. I like it better when it was at the top.
     
  5. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Same here, and to be honest, I'm a little concerned. Used to be we'd ask 2-3 times per year and we'd have enough to cover that whole year. We've always relied on member donations to meet expenses, and we've been pulling from our rainy day fund for a while now (one of the reasons there are more ads). I'm hoping these fundraisers will help us cover our expenses and replenish our savings. I've never given two thoughts to offers I get to sell, but I'd do that and walk away before I loaded the site with more ads or went away from the free model.

    You're absolutely right. It seems the community was much more engaged with the day to day when it was up top. This site has always focused on the community of firearm owners in the Northwest, so it makes sense that it should be at the top. I'm going to move it back up there now.
     
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  6. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  7. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Joe,

    I’d still like the option to just make a random donation when funds allow.

    It just needs to be idiot proof.

    Last time you had to send me step-by-step instructions to donate through Pay Pal. If we had a “one-button” process to make a donation (that didn’t require upgrading your membership) I can’t be the only one who would consider using it.

    But I also hate fundraisers. When the kid was in school and we had to buy Easter eggs, calendars, fudge, candy, popcorn, etc. I would always ask the same question, “Can’t I just give you $20 directly and not take any of this crap?” Who needs a $45 can of popcorn?

    Herein endeth the rant.

    Brian
     
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  8. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'll make this happen today :)
     
  9. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've belonged to a number of forums on a variety of topics over the years. This is the only forum I have ever financially supported. My first membership here was a gift from our missing friend NoFlinch :(:p:p:eek::oops::rolleyes:o_O and I continued it on myself afterward. I support other groups/charities, so it takes a lot for me to contribute to a website/forum, but this one really has been worth it.
     
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  10. David Bowman

    David Bowman Beaverton OR Archer Defense Concepts

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    As a vendor, I "donate" monthly. LOL

    But as a vendor, if it was something the site needed (like a certificate for a free course) that could be raffled or auctioned (Ebay or Gunbroker style), I would be willing to contribute. I don't know how the other vendors feel, but in the interest of supporting the site and generating interest and revenue for everyone, I would donate.

    Just an idea.
     
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  11. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I recently had conversations with two people in the reloading aisle at Sportsman's Warehouse. Told them both of NWFA, and they both seemed appreciative, just as I first learned about it from another member ~6 years ago.
    This site is a valuable resource to all shooters in the area. How can you get your name out besides word of mouth?
     
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  12. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    After my reply to this I went to work on trying to find the easiest solution, preferably even easier than PayPal. Unfortunately the solutions I tried didn't pan out, so it'll be PayPal for now. However, I did get the custom amounts working, so at least we have that for now. I'll try to get a better solution up and running ASAP.

    For now you can go to the donate page and find the button on the sidebar.

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    Man, miss that guy! We're looking into getting the gift system back too.

    It's good to hear we're your one and only ;)

    Absolutely! My only question would be what to do about the guys not local to you. If we could figure it out it'd be a great way to get your name out there, as it'd be attached to all of our giveaway promotions.

    This is definitely part of our overall plan, increasing our membership numbers. There are still so many gun owners who haven't heard about NWFA. I haven't said much about it, but a while back we setup unique referral links for everyone (found inside their settings). Once we can afford it I'd like to setup small referral contests for t-shirts, gift cards, etc.

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  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I actually came here through Armslist. I was selling a pistol and the buyer was a member here (can't remember who that was now). He told me about NWFA, which I hadn't heard of before, and signed up that day. I do the same thing now, any time I meet someone, such as for a sale, I ask them if they're on NWFA and suggest they come here if they're not a member already.
     
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  14. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I wonder if it'd be worth the money to advertise to NW folks on AL (using geo and/or section targeting, if available). I image it'd bring along a bunch of riff-raff, but might be worth it?
    Up for listening to other suggestions on spreading the word as well :)
     
  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Are you calling me riff-raff?? ;) o_O

    That might be an idea. Even if some riff-raff do come over, you'd likely get at least some new, respectable members.
     
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  16. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Well, you did get that warning that one time :s0112:
     
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  17. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yeah, I'm a rebel :cool:
     
  18. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Just a tad over our budget :eek:

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  19. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I like the idea of a raffle. I won a F/A in a raffle once.
    How about raffling off a Tavor?
    $20 per ticket...it worked for me once, maybe it will work again :D

    Edited to add: One would have to be a paying member to participate :s0104::s0005:
     
  20. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    See earlier in the thread - not an available option since NWFA isn't a non-profit.