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nja From: nja Date: May 14th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have just sponsored you, but in return I expect you to run round the course wearing a judge's wig and robes.

Our dept. administrator is doing something similar, and she just stuck the link in her email signature - last time I looked she had raised twice her target.

Sponsorship's odd. My father used to refuse to participate in sponsored events, he would just arrange a bit of overtime and give that money instead, because he said he could make more money for less effort that way. So really, sponsoring someone to do something they would have done anyway is possibly better - it's saying "here's some money, have a good time", rather than "I expect you to earn this". If you want to give money to something you think is valuable, why should you also want to make someone run round Oxford in a judge's wig (unless they want to)?

Back when I was a charity trustee we had a big annual sponsored walk and would raise tens of thousands of pounds, but if all the people who participated (including the organisation team) just dipped their hands in their pockets, I bet we would have made a similar amount for far less effort (when we had a new fundraiser who didn't see the Leicester Mercury as the ENEMY, a straightforward Christmas appeal raised as much money as the walk ever had, to the disgruntlement of the trustee who ran the walk).
j4 From: j4 Date: May 14th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have just sponsored you

Thank you!

but in return I expect you to run round the course wearing a judge's wig and robes.

No thank you! :-P

(One of my colleagues says she'll double her (£5) donation if I run in a badger suit -- I'd gladly pay several times that not to run 10k in a badger suit.)

she just stuck the link in her email signature

Oh, that would've been sensible, yes. Bit late now though. :-}

if all the people who participated (including the organisation team) just dipped their hands in their pockets

Yeah. I like to hope that the sponsored events persuade some people who otherwise wouldn't give, or persuade people to give to a charity they wouldn't otherwise have given to because it's lower down their list, but I'm not convinced they work very well -- OTOH I guess MD is further down my list than the charities I already have standing orders to (or give time to), so I suppose the race at least gets me to give them some money that I wouldn't otherwise give ...
pseudomonas From: pseudomonas Date: May 14th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can we start haggling for what it's worth for you to run in a badger suit?

I've sponsored you, this being a charity that I'd otherwise not get round to supporting.
j4 From: j4 Date: May 14th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the sponsorship!

The badger suit would be quite hard to source by Sunday. But I'm prepared to start haggling for next year....
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