The old saying, no longer as politically correct, “There are a million ways to skin a cat” (not an activity we condone), has an element of truth in it. It’s certainly true that there are perhaps dozens of ways to fund the construction of pickleball courts and a pickleball complex. Virtually every day we hear about yet another approach. They run from being relatively simplistic, (not in the negative way), at the City Courts in Surprise where most of the money came from the local clubs cooperatively running a series of fund-raising tournaments (successful!), to the relatively more complex, e.g in Bend, Oregon, where our fundraising efforts were multifaceted to say the least.
One of the interesting things about the Bend, Oregon scenario was that we, the Bend Pickleball Club (BPC), were running a fundraising program to raise 50% of the cost of construction of eight courts on land owned and managed by the Bend Parks and Recreation District (BPRD). This in turn required our building and submitting (for approval by BPRD) a formal funding plan.
If we had NOT done this funding plan, BPRD Senior Staff would not have been able, in good conscience, to go to their Board of Directors and request the other 50% of the cost of construction. And then we would have remained where we were when BPC came into the picture in Bend, way, way down the priority list, somewhere deep behind the construction of a (second) skateboard park, a controllable white-water area for competitive kayaking on the Deschutes River, the completion of additional miles of expansion of the city-wide bike/hike trail system, and so on. We were, until this funding plan was built, an afterthought. After the plan was built, submitted and approved, we were further up in line. After working for months we were an overnight success. .
This document, offered here with the kind permission of BPRD, not only gives you the detail of our plan with them but shows the kind of activities we did.
Probably as important, it shows, through the mutual edits visible in the document, the kind of back-and-forth you will probably need to have if you choose to partner with a City or County Agency including a Parks and Recreation District. We think this is a good understanding to have prior to engaging in this type of longer-term activity.
The following documents are samples of various other things we put out to help mount the campaign. Some of them are just collateral to various events, some are more than that. Take a look.
- Press Release
- Bend Bulletin article
- Another Bend Bulletin article
- Over the Top event program flyer
- Coordinating Document for Marketing Materials
- Flyer for Fund-Raiser Tournament
- ABC Widget Proposal for Sponsorship
- Schedule of Events (part of General Meeting announcement)
- AJ’s Notes (preparation before a TV interview)
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