Father Tharp's Think Tank


We at St. Ann are in need of ideas for enhancing our revenue from fundraisers. The generosity of our parishioners is extraordinary, but limited by harsh realities. We need to find new dollars from pockets (sources) outside the parish. We need to analyze the cost/return rate for volunteer hours for innovative fundraising efforts for the parish. We tried reintroducing bingo with disappointing lack of success. The Oktoberfest took too many volunteer hours for very small returns. We have our annual festival and split the pot; but we need new ideas.

The caveat! I have lots and lots of ideas for fundraising, but we must reject any and all of those that violate our Tax Exempt or 501 (c) 3 status under the IRS Code. If we lost our tax exemption, our parish could not survive. Ideas like affinity credit cards, parish receiving commissions for sales, and any participation in for profit commerce violates our tax exempt status. Thus we are looking for fundraising ideas that will not jeopardize our 501 (c) 3 status and yet provide a maximum return for every volunteer hour spent. Two heads (or in the case of St. Ann) six hundred families are better than one. Please send any realistic ideas which you are perhaps interested in organizing or chairing below.


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