Annual Fund Campaign
An Annual Fund Campaign is the backbone of almost every not-for-profit membership organization.
Why is this a good idea?
First and foremost the funds raised will enable OLLI@UGA to keep our program cost affordable. As we increase membership it follows that the cost at every level will increase. To sustain our ability to continue to provide quality lifelong learning opportunities we will need to address these additional costs.
Secondly, OLLI@UGA has an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. There is a real possibility that another grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation could be granted. For OLLI@UGA to be proactive in recognizing the need for sound fiscal management makes that opportunity more real.
Why do it now?
Almost every not-for-profit has an annual gift fund. These funds are the building blocks for a successful delivery of the mission and in our case the continuation of our ability to provide quality lifelong learning experiences. Annual giving has five aims:
- to promote introductory giving to recent and future members
- to reach the entire membership
- to promote annual giving
- to be efficient and cost effective
- to allow the membership to participate at the level they are comfortable
As our membership has grown in the last few years and as it is expected to grow in the coming years, OLLI@UGA has the opportunity to tap into these resources for the good of the organization. Not to do so would be to miss a golden opportunity.
What would an Annual Fund do for me?
Without a doubt the costs of doing business and delivering efficient management are going up. Costs at every level from paper, printing, space, staff will increase with increased membership. Not to recognize these realities would inhibit OLLI@UGA from providing you, the member, the programs, services, and quality you have grown to expect and now receive. OLLI@UGA could become a very different experience. Not by neglect, but by the inability to produce quality programs and to sustain them from lack of funding.
No one wants that to happen.
I WENT TO THE WOODS BECAUSE I WISHED TO LIVE DELIBERATELY, TO FRONT ONLY THE ESSENTIAL FACTS OF LIFE, AND SEE IF I COULD NOT LEARN WHAT IT HAD TO TEACH AND NOT WHEN I CAME TO DIE, DISCOVER THAT I HAD NOT LIVED. Thoreau: Walden II