A little update that fits neatly into a question that came up in the comments the other day. When I opened the mail box today, I found a letter from LOROS:
And the card really is for all of you, not just for me. My name is only on this because I transferred the money, but you made the 2020 RA Birthday Auctions the success it was:
What a lovely gesture from Ms Baker/LOROS to acknowledge our support with a hand-written card. It speaks for the very personal approach that this charity has – not just to the patients in their care and their families, but also to the supporters and donors. And it thus reinforces my belief that it was a good decision to support LOROS with our annual birthday bonanza.
Covid and fundraising
As touched upon by Ms Baker in her message, Covid has had devastating effects on charities and their fundraising efforts. This is supported by the findings of the UK-based Institute of Fundraising: In their June 2020 report the Institute finds that charities will fall short by about a quarter of their usual expected income for the year, resulting in a total loss across all charities of £12.4bn this year. A large proportion of charities (84%) already reported a decrease in their income by June.
Here are some interesting facts: Although LOROS is a regional charity, providing their services in a small area of the UK only, the charity nevertheless needs £8.4m every year. Apart from fundraisers such as ours, LOROS also receives funding through their charity/thrift shops as well as fundraising events. With Covid raging, shops and events have had to be closed and cancelled – leaving a massive hole in their fundraising goals.
Can we do something?
Which leads me to the question, as posed in the comments a couple of weeks ago: Is there any interest/demand/willingness for an additional Christmas fundraiser this year, benefitting LOROS? I am posing this question with reticence and in the lightest of ways, fully aware that the Covid crisis not only impacts charities but also those who donate to charities, i.e. us. The reason why charities are suffering, is that donors do not have as much disposable income themselves. So my question comes without any expectation or pressure! From my own perspective I will only say this: I am *always* ready and available to organise a fundraiser, happily giving my time for it, even in the run-up to Christmas. Moreover, I do have items in my “fundraising archive” that could be put up for auction. Additionally, after the discussions we have recently had, the next fundraiser – especially if smaller in scale – might provide the opportunity to test the fixed-price offerings. Not to mention that I know a few crafty ladies may already be chomping at the bit to find a worthwhile goal for their creative output… But whether we put on a fundraiser or not also depends on whether you think
you people are willing and able to bid and/or buy only three and a half months after our previous event. I do not presume anything and I do not expect anything, either. I’m just putting the question out there.
As this question could be perceived as sensitive
man, the anon really has traumatised me… maybe I am beginning to pussyfoot a bit too much… , here’s a completely anonymous poll where you can mark your opinion in case you don’t want to write a comment.
Remember – no pressure! No expectations, either. Comments welcome.