Why give? A lot of organizations ask prospective donors that question. But we don’t think we need to tell people why to give. Instead, we wanted to talk about why we’re asking.
In a few weeks, we’re holding the first fundraiser we’ve ever organized for ourselves. It’s even weird to us that, after over ten years in business, we’re throwing our first fundraiser…ever. Why now? Well, we’ve spent most of the past decade helping a bunch of other folks. And no doubt about it, it has been fulfilling and great. Then, we started a new project last year — our OriginalGreen project — envisioned as a true community project. It has definitely become that, but we’re always looking for ways to enhance and further that aspect. Fundraising has to be supported and created by the community, too.
So, here’s why we’re asking…
- First, we believe we’re advancing some pretty reasonable ideas that benefit a lot of people. Common sense activities for securing fresh produce and cutting out household toxins deserve advancing.
- Second, everything we’ve talked about in this blog, we’re actually getting into communities! Community gardens, community supported kitchens/cooking, homemade cleaning supplies, and yardsharing.
- And finally, we’ve never wanted only to take in money and then go do what we do. We want to create a community of sharing whose members donate funds to activities they can directly participate in. People should have venues not just for networking and learning about each other, but for sharing a “community” meal while they do so. Breaking bread always seems to make us friendlier. Especially in an intimate setting, with comforting music…and stimulating conversation. Let’s talk one-on-one and get to know others in our communities who are working on things we are (or should be) interested in! Share ideas, share goodwill, share time.
Well, apparently (and unsurprisingly), we are totally unoriginal in this last idea! Not only have many others already come up with a good way for making this happen, some have encouraged others to “borrow” it. The Brooklyn-based FEAST organization holds “a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers.” Our first fundraiser (did we mention EVER?) is going to allow us to educate low-income people about green cleaning and homesteading, establish and maintain garden/yard sharing communities and initiate a dinner series to democratically fund local groups dedicated to these activities.
We’re keeping it small. We’ve limited it to 50 attendees. This isn’t the currency of tons of dough but the currency of face-to-face interaction. Building the value of community.
And that…is why we’re asking.