Our poetry marathon is a community fundraiser and we’re asking you, as a reader, for your help! The $40 pledge minimum is not meant as an entry fee that you pay, but rather as a fundraising goal to be met by asking friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others to contribute. By asking others to donate, you not only help raise funds for Woodland Pattern but also awareness of the literary arts and their value.
If you’re wondering how can you possibly raise $40, the following techniques have been proven effective...
Technique #1 Tell prospective sponsors about the worthy causes: You and Woodland Pattern. As a writer, you deserve support. You need an audience and a community. Here are some Woodland Pattern facts, which may be of interest to your sponsors-to-be:
Technique #2 Ask family members and friends for a few dollars each. Ask 40 friends for $1 each, or 8 friends for $5, or… well you get the idea. The holidays often put family and friends in the giving spirit!
Technique #3 Ask co-workers or your company. Invite your co-workers to tune in for your performance and ask them to consider contributing a few bucks on your behalf, and/or directly solicit larger contributions to sponsor your reading at Woodland Pattern. Many companies also participate in charitable giving or matching donation programs—maybe yours does?
Technique #4 Get creative. One of our longtime participants has taken word or subject matter requests that she then incorporates into a poem in exchange for pledges. (This approach is also likely to win you a big audience!)
Technique #5 Raise funds online. Make use of social media either as a platform to simply ask a wider range of friends, or to set up a fundraising campaign on behalf of WP. Woodland Pattern can accept donations directly through Facebook, and setting up a campaign is easy.
Technique #6 If you’ve participated in the marathon before, ask past sponsors. If they supported you in the past, chances are they will support you now.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive and there are as many fundraising strategies as there are individual readers. THANK YOU!! We truly couldn’t do it without your support, and can’t wait to see you at the marathon.
We acknowledge that in Milwaukee we live and work on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homelands along the southwest shores of Michigami, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present.
We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic beliefs, laws, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, Brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.
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