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Fundraising ideas for SCA groups.


NOTE: See also the files: households-msg, new-groups-msg, recruitment-msg, largess-ideas-msg, travel-funds-msg, crown-cost-msg.





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Newsgroups: rec.org.sca


Subject: Re: Feast Formats

Organization: Oklahoma State University Computer Center, Stillwater OK

Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1993 15:36:00 GMT


>Greetings, all, from Angharad ver' Rhuawn.


>and I'm drooling at the thought....

>And here, I read regularly about feasts whose budgets are "only" $8, $10,


>-- Sorry for shouting. I'm better now.  Really.

>But I am curious what feast budgets run in other parts of the world.


>-- Angharad/Terry


Greetings to the Rialto and Lady Angharad from Marke.

Here in Mooneschadowe, there is two sets of people who trade off in

doing feasts at our events, the Green Man Tavern and the Purple Pheasant

The average per head budget runs from 3 to 4.5 dollars. The last

Mooneshadowe Guardian event, the budget was allowed $5 per person. The

dishes were set up in 3 courses. There was (if memory serves) 3 Veg.

dishes, and I remember 4 meats (venison, beef, pork, and chicken) and

a Welsh meatless sausage. Interspersed with breads, fruits, and cheeses.

Also, they did serve a simple dessert. This feast was done by the Green

Man people, and the Ansteorran Crown loved it. This feast did make a

profit, which was unexpected. The Green Man Tavern was able to keep the

costs below $5 a head.


Our shire is doing a Valentine's fundraiser on

the 12th of February '94 for the 'moderns' of the area. The theme is

Valentine's so the tickets will be sold two at a time. The budget for

this is 6-7 dollars per person. The autocrats for this are researching

the menu and the serving style and the gossip. The feasters will be

seeded with 10 SCA couples to play completely in Persona, with approp-

riate gossip. Of course this is planned to be an all evening feast. If

anyone wants more info, just email a message to me.



David Mann, OSU CIS, Stillwater, Ok.

H.L. Marke von Mainz, Reeve, Mooneschadowe, Ansteorra

uccxdem at okway.okstate.edu or uccxdem at mvs.ucc.okstate.edu



From: gshetler at envirolink.ORG (Greg Shetler)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Operating expenses

Date: 1 Jul 1994 13:36:06 -0400

Organization: the internet


You know, in Dun Or operating expenses are partially defrayed by passing the

hat at the end of the council meeting.  Whatever sum is raised (i.e. 32.17)

determines the year to be looked up in a history reference..  3217 would

become 1617 (the year is modulo 1600), which would then be 17.  If the year is

not interesting enough, the hat goes around again.  Say another $1049 is

raised, btringing the total to $$42.66.  The year to look up is thus 1066.


Interesting "bidding" wars sometimes arise, as people try to get the amount to

their favorite year(s).  This method can raise (and has) as much as $40 to $50

in a single night, from nothing more than simple generosity and fun.  This is

often enough to pay for a post-office box, postage, long-distance phone calls,

and miscellaneous expenses for the officers.


Mordock von Rugen, Hlaford, Outlands Fray

MKA: Greg Shetler



From: charles at krusty.eecs.umich.edu (Charles J. Cohen)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: 25 Sep 1995 22:34:41 GMT

Organization: University of Michigan AI Lab


In article <95268.164959CS23001 at maine.maine.edu>,

Lisa A. Tyson  <CS23001 at MAINE.MAINE.EDU> wrote:


>I believe that my group may be typical of a small shire

> (or incipient shires ) in that we would like to increase

>our shire funds but need good fund raising ideas to choose from.


I can think of a few ways.  When our shire did not have enough money

for specific projects, we would hold an auction at one of our local

revels. People would donate something, like some small jewelry or some

garb or a service (like offering to teach someone how to make a

shield, etc).


Another method is to put on a performance, such as a dinner

theater. This takes a lot of preparation and time, but it is

possible. For example, at Cynnabar we would put on a Court of Love

dinner theater show at a restaurant on Valentine's day, where we

recieved a nice amount.  I can give lots more details on this, if you



Best of luck! - Midair MacCormaic



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From: ojid.wbst845 at xerox.com (Orilee Ireland-Delfs)

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shir

Organization: Xerox Corporation, Webster NY

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 15:05:26 GMT


Some ideas that I have seen used preety effectively:


A "bake sale" lunch at your events.  food is donated by members

of the group (muffins, quick breads, miniature quiches, pastries,

scones, etc.) and sold for lunch to attendees.


A "garage sale" at an event where members can sell items they

no longer need (SCA related of course) or all of the unclaimed

lost and found from past events.  Items can be sold at a fixed cost

or auctioned off either loudly or silently with the proceeds going

to the group's coffers.  Items made by members of the group

or services or personalized items (a banner made with the

individual's arms for example) could also be auctioned off.


One fund raiser that is successful for my Barony involves catering

a Yule dinner for a local Garden Club.  The Garden Club has dinner/

lectures every few months through the year and we cater the

dinner in December, complete with period dishes (usually trying to

emphasize herbs in keeping with the Garden Center's charter), and

entertainment. For the past 3 years, the dinner has been sold out

within hours of the tickets going on sale, and was so successful the

first year that we had to add a second night. Due to the size of the all, we have been limited to about 60 per seating, but there have been rumblings about

moving the dinner to a school where we'd have a real kitchen and a larger


We are paid for the

food costs and the profits of the dinner are split between the Garden Club

and our group.  Maybe a local church or social group would be interested

in something similar.


Raffling off a well-made item (a war chest or something large and pretty)

also works well - just be sure to check your state's raffle laws first!


A "weeping and wailing" crew set up for a tournament - the more the fighter

pays, the better mourners he gets.  A small pitance would get him dragged

off the field by his heels, a large sum would get him a full set of mourners

in veils, flowers, and a grand procession off the field on his shield.

Or perhaps your group could set up paid "services" for the day at an event

- a herald for a fighter, someone who will fetch and carry for a person all

day, something like that.


Hope this gives you some ideas!  Good luck!




From: VYXA86B at prodigy.com (Susan Miller)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shir

Date: 27 Sep 1995 13:07:27 GMT

Organization: Prodigy Services Company  1-800-PRODIGY


You might also auction off the judgeships for assorted contests...up here

in Oertha several groups have raised funds that way, especially for

ethnic/time-period cooking, desserts, and  brewing contests cause the

judges get to sample the various goodies. The dessert judgeships have

done best over time, I think.




From: ghita at MCS.COM (Susan Earley)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: 26 Sep 1995 14:55:14 -0500

Organization: MCSNet Services


The New Chancellor of the Exchequer Officer's Handbook (due to be

approved by the Board of Directors in October) has an entier

appendix dedicated to fund-raising ideas.  After approval, it

should be delivered to you by the end of the year.



Maestra Margherita Alessia, called Ghita     Member # 32315      Susan Earley

Shire of Rokkehealdan [SW Chicago Suburbs]                     Brookfield, IL

Middle Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer                      ghita at mcs.com

Purpure, a sword palewise or between two winged cats rampant combatant, that

                   to dexter Argent, that to sinister Or.



From: Garick Chamberlin <Garick at vonkopke.demon.co.uk>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 95 23:43:45 GMT

Organization: Drachenwald


I have run *many* fund-raisers for local groups and for Kingdom wide accounts.

By far the most lucrative I have seen or been involved in is a simple auction.


At one local event I went out and spent $30 at second hand stores. For that $30

I got the Tourney Prize (an empty fox) and a bunch of vaguely medeival brick-

a-brac. By combining this stuff with a few leftovers from the contents of my

garage and talking one of the funniest guys in the Kingdom into being my

co-auctioneer we raised over $300 at an after dinner auction the next evening.


At last Coronation I hosted an auction that raised over $600.  The best sellers

are Services (personalized scroll from a scribe, poem of derision written about

your enemy by a local bard, etc), followed by booze.  Feast gear and armor also

always sell briskly. A peice of rattan that I had payed $18 dollars for and

had used 1/3 of, for example, sold for $25.  Pretty much anything you can scrape

up will sell.


The most important part is to have a good auctioneer who keeps it moving, to

keep it amusing, to accept only dollar increments, and to keep it amusing.

For example, when a truly hideous yellow ceramic goblet was getting no bids,

I threatened not to let the servers serve the next remove untill it sold. It

immediately sold for a couple of bucks. The fiendish purchaser immediately

donated it back to the auction.  When it came back up, rather than try to sell

it outright, I auctioned off the right to smash it.  getting into the spirit,

His Majesty offered to duct tape it to his helm and let the succesfull bidder

take three swings at it.  It went for over $20. Thus can a poor mover be turned

into a great bit of schtickt and a hefty ammount of cash.


Another fun fund raising idea, though rarely so lucrative, is the Fighter

Auction. This is much quicker and easier than a standard auction. On the day of

the tourney, you simple auction off all the fighters. The succesful bidder then

receives any prize that fighter wins, rather than the fighter himself.  This

works best if you have more than one prize (like a Best Novice, or Best Death),

as then every fighter has a good chance of winning something, so they all go

for good rates. At one event of this ilk with about 50 fighters in the tourney,

Novices were going for about $10, squire level fighters for $10-15, Knights

for 15-25, Viscounts for up to 35, the 2 counts went for about 40 each, the

Dukes went for about 50, and the king himself raised a bid of over $75.  I doubt

the main prize was worth more than $50, but the prestige seems to be worth

something too.


Good luck with your fund-raising.


P.S. I wouldn't bother with a raffle. I have found (to my chagrine) that you

can usually auction off an item for more money than would come in on ticket

sales. Raffles are too uncertain for people to sink much money into and they

don't get a good feeding frenzy going like an auction does.


Viscount Sir Garick von Kopke

Honor Virtus Est



From: parkerd at mcmail.cis.McMaster.CA (Diana Parker)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: 28 Sep 1995 02:37:22 -0400

Organization: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


In article <95268.164959CS23001 at maine.maine.edu>,

Lisa A. Tyson  <CS23001 at MAINE.MAINE.EDU> wrote:


> I believe that my group may be typical of a small shire

> (or incipient shires ) in that we would like to increase

> our shire funds but need good fund raising ideas to choose from.


At an event:

- auctions of donated articles & services (possibly including their

        server-of-choice for feast)

        (the first auction I saw the highest amount went for a box of

        Baroness Angharad's cookies - the price jumped $5 every time the

        auctioneer ate another one during the bidding :)

- merchants table of donated articles & services

- lunch tables

- raffles or lotteries (3 prizes genders more interest than just 1)


Away from events

- pass the hat (I've seen groups pass it weekly until they'd reached

        their goal - or lowered their goal)

- paid demos

- garage sales (group members donate "stuff" - all proceeds to the shire)





Diana Parker                parkerd at mcmaster.ca

Security Services   CUC - 201    

McMaster University (905) 525-9140 (x24282)



From: mchance at crl.com (Michael A. Chance)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: 29 Sep 1995 18:32:13 -0700

Organization: CRL Dialup Internet Access


Lady Brynn writes:


>I believe that my group may be typical of a small shire

> (or incipient shires ) in that we would like to increase

>our shire funds but need good fund raising ideas to choose from.


One of the most consistent sources of income that the Barony of Three

Rivers has had over the years has been the Boy Scouts.  The barony

routinely does demos for Cub, Webelos, and Scout packs, often at

things like Blue and Gold dinners.  While we've never asked for any

renumeration for these demos, we almost inevitably get asked how much

we want afterward.  Our standard response is "We do these demos for

free; however, if you'd like to make a donation to our local chapter,

our suggested donation is $50. You are free, though, to donate as much

or as little as you like."  Quite often, we end up receiving more

than that amount.  To be honest, Three Rivers is in a major

metropolitan area (St. Louis, Missouri), and there are a *lot* of

Scout troops.  The number of such potential sources in your area may be

significantly less.


Another option is to run either a food booth, a crafts booth, or a

games booth (or some combination of these) at local church fairs, town

or county fairs, etc., in conjunction with a "typical" SCA demo.


Mikjal Annarbjorn


Michael A. Chance          St. Louis, Missouri, USA    "At play in the fields

Work: mc307a at sw1stc.sbc.com                             of St. Vidicon"

Play: mchance at crl.com



From: MCKAY_MICHAEL at tandem.COM

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: 28 Sep 1995 21:17:48 -0400

Organization: The Internet


   One of the biggest problems with traditional fund raisers is that they only

draw upon members for the money.  More effective fund raisers get money from

outside the group.  These types of fund raisers are more difficult to do, and

have to steer a tight moral ground.  For instance, I would never consider

having a SCA fund raiser that just asked for money (like the Salvation Army

Bell ringers).  Futher, you have to be very careful if you are going to

"compete" with local businesses (from a non-profit stand-point).  A group of

us had considered "catering" dinners with medieval entertainment as a form

of fund raising, but this ran into all sorts of problems (in addition to

the competing aspects, health and license issues also being important).

   Even within these restrictions, it is possible to do some very good fund

raisers. Some good things to look for: furthers the educational mission of

the SCA, gives people good value for their money, and stays within the

moral confines explained above.  The first idea worked quite well for our

Canton, and I highly recommend it.  Our local community decided to do a Renn

Faire (but any community gathering will work).  We looked for a medieval

activity, that would be involving, but not require too much time commitment.

This turned into an archery booth.  We gave 13 arrow shots for a $1 (about

the cheapest thing in the Faire), and gave personalized archery instructions

and medieval history to anybody who wanted it.  This raised about $1300 in

a very hetic 2 days (we had completly bought out the cheap arrow supply

within a 20 mile radius too), even after subtracting booth and arrow costs

(bows were loaned for the event, luckily no breakage there).  Although we

used archery, there are probably a number of different crafts that could also

be used (should be able to complete the project in about 15 minutes).

   The second idea is much simpler, but still needs a bit of planning to

make it go smoothly.  Try renting out costumes for Halloween.  There is some

risk, but you handle this with contingency charges.  Done well, this is also

an excellent place for helping educate the public.

   Garick made a comment about raffles not raising enough money.  I'll agree

that traditional raffles often have this problem.  Two things do make them

better. Have multiple items in the raffle (too many times I have seen a bunch

of really nifty items all raffled off as a single lot).  But to make it work

even better, let me suggest the following:  Have a lot of items to raffle, and

treat it almost like a silent auction.  Make the tickets cheap, and give big

discounts for buying lots of them (25 cents apiece, 5 for $1, 30 for $5, etc.).

Put a jar in front of each item, and have people deposit raffle tickets for the

items they want.  Done with good encouragement [selling], this type of raffle

will raise far more money than an ordinary sort.  One minor disadvantage is

that you can't easily sell raffle tickets in advance (although one way to do

this is to sell special tickets for a "very nifty" item, basically a seperate


   Those are the ideas off the top of my head.  I'd be interested in any other

ideas as well.


Seaan McAy    Caer Darth; Darkwood; Mists; West   (Santa Cruz, CA)

Per fess indented argent and vert, three pheons counterchanged



From: 0003900943 at mcimail.COM (Marla Lecin)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Fund raiser ideas for small shires

Date: 26 Sep 1995 14:47:23 -0400

Organization: The Internet


Greetings from Jessa d'Avondale,


One fund-raiser that our canton found very successful was to sell lunch at

an event.


We had run our own event a month earlier, and froze the leftovers (honey

butter, deboned chicken, sauteed onions, oranges, sliced apples and pears).

This kept the expenses very low.


For lunch, we sold lemonade and orange-cinnamon drink for 25 cents a glass

(The orange-cinnamon drink concentrate recipe was posted on the Rialto

sometime last year), along with cheese-onion pasties, chicken pasties,

apple-pear tarts, soup, and bread & butter. We set the prices low, no more

than $1 per item.


If you should consider this, I would recommend the following:  pick an event

that several of your members would be attending anyway; ask the autocrat for

permission ahead of time (they may have planned to serve lunch!), find out

how many attendees they expect, and if there might be tables you can set up

at; don't expect to use the site's kitchen - bring your own coolers, hot

plates, etc.


For a couple of evenings' work cooking and baking, we were able to raise

over $150. I have found that no matter how long people have been in the SCA,

many of them (myself included!) will not always remember to bring lunch to

an event that starts before noon.  They will be happy to spend a few dollars

at your table in return for a plateful of food.





Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

From: arnora at coulomb.uwaterloo.ca (Arnora Dunestan)

Subject: shire fundrasing ideas (longish)

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 13:03:25 GMT

Organization: University of Waterloo

Keywords: host a collegium!


Arnora here.  Again.  Like tub mold that just keeps coming back when you're

not watching ... :-)


Five years ago, a small group within my canton (the local members of my

household) needed to raise some money for required items.  we needed

something a small handful of us could organize, with minimum expense,

and maximum gain.


The outcome of that need was the "Forward Into The Past" Medieval Collegium

Demo (yes, it's a public demo!)  Our profits typically run to about $600

(and that's Ealdormerian funds, friends :-), with expenses having crept

up to about $200 + over the five years we have been doing this.


The problem with the Collegium idea is that, while it only takes a

handful of people to organize, it takes a LOT to pull off, becuase the

Collegium is a RUM-style demo format, meaning you require the services

of a large number of available people willing to teach an hour's course

on a given topic.  We have discovered, over five years, that after the

first year, people are coming to us to ask if they can teach a course

for us ... :-)


Ostensibly, three people can put this together - one to handle advertising

(both SCA and mundane), one to handle aspects of registration, and one

to organize the teachers and the schedule.  Then you might want to look

at having someone to handle setting up atmospheric displays for the

mundanes to look at between classes, and another person to co-ordinate



Major expense is, naturally, advertising; heading into our sixth year,

we have evolved into a pretty extensive (and expensive :-) advertising

campaign, but depending on the interest in your area, you can get away with

simple posters on coloured paper (i recommend nothing smaller than 11x17"

for impact) and maybe some flyers.  If you are worried about garnering

enough public interest, you can open it up to general SCA attendance as

well (I also recommend having non-teaching SCAdians come in mundanes,

to make the real mundanes feel less out-of-place in the classroom).  

Another expense which can be as great or as small as you like are the

much-appreciated "thank you" gifts for the teachers.  Our first year,

we offered bottles of homemade mead or non-alcoholic ginger beer to the

teachers; in the past two years, we have offered pewter castings made by

our own house members.  


The point is, this sort of "demo" can be done on a shoestring budget, if

you can get the teachers to help donate some time and effort.  This sort

of demo can also spiral out of control and become a major annual event

that you schedule your life around ... :-)  like any event, it can be

a LOT of work, or it can be as little work as you think you can get away

with ...  depending on the manpower you have available (you did say the

shire was small, oui?), this may be something you can make work.


Good luck in your endeavours,


In Service,



(Lady Arnora Dunestan, Houses Venshavn and Hrogin, Ealdormere)



From: salley at niktow.canisius.edu (David Salley)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Fundraiser Ideas Requested for Small Shires

Date: 7 Oct 95 20:28:40 GMT

Organization: Canisius College, Buffalo NY. 14208


1.) Get permission from a mall manager or a chain store manager to "set up

shop". We're using the Barnes and Noble bookstore on Niagara Falls Blvd.

here in Rhydderich Hael (Buffalo).


2.) Pick a Saturday in December.  We've got the 19th.


3.) Stock up on wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, scissors, tape, etc.  We

actually found four "medievalish" wrapping paper designs and stocked up.


4.) Advertise in advance.


5.) On the big day, wear garb and wrap presents for a fee.  If you've got

bards, put them to work singing old Christmas Carols.  If you've got someone

who can do a passable "Father Christmas", give him a bag of candy and turn

him loose.


We're expecting to make enough money this year to make a large donation to

Deaconess Pediatrics Hospital (where Buffalo cops bring the born-Crack-addicted

babies they find in garbage cans. :-()


                                                      - Dagonell


SCA Persona : Lord Dagonell Collingwood of Emerald Lake, CSC, CK, CTr

Habitat          : East Kingdom, AEthelmearc Principality, Rhydderich Hael Barony

Internet    : salley at cs.canisius.edu  (Please use this, reply may not work.)

USnail-net : David P. Salley, 136 Shepard Street, Buffalo, New York 14212-2029



From: Mario Nigrovic <cyrus at netzone.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Ideas for fund raising???

Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 10:01:27 +0000

Organization: NetZone Services L.L.C.  (602) 991-4NET


Greetings unto all from Melisend!


Our Barony has had great success with Pie-A-Peer auctions.  Peers up for

auction get hit with a pie tin full of whipping cream by the highest

bidder. Round up volunteer peers ahead of time (so they know to wear

washable garb - or bring a change of clothes) and really talk it up

before the event.  We have had about equal success with the baby peers

(everyone wants to give them a hard time) and the old-timers (Master

Mark the Immoral's price was $65 from a consortium of his *friends*).  

We only do this at out-door tournament type events - for obvious

reasons, but it's alot of fun!



Cindy Nigrovic                       <cyrus at NetZone.Com>



From: greeder at concentric.net

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Ideas for fund raising???

Date: 13 Jun 1996 01:34:00 GMT

Organization: Concentric Internet Services


In <4pl57n$3dr at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, celtic2074 at aol.com (Celtic2074) writes:

>The group I am in is trying to develop some ideas for  fund raising.  The

>site costs in our area have sky rocket over the past few years.  It is

>becoming impossible for events to make any profit to cover the  groups

>operating expenses.  I am sure there are other groups out there that have

>faced this problem. What solutions have been found ?  Any ideas for fund

>raisers ?


Two things that have been great fund raisers for Bryn-gwlad have been the

"fight-the-knight" and "crossbow shoot"  We get together with the organizers

of fairs and medwvial style events around here.  Two booths are

set up and we collect a fee.  Usualy we have to split the fee with the

organizer but we have always made money.  


For fight the knight we let the kids whack at a knight (real person) who

will make a token resistance then do a great prat fall.  A harald then

announces the kid as the brave and fearless winner and gives them a

certificate. There is usualy a line.


Crossbow shoot is what it sounds like.  Padded Quarells are shot at targets

on a short range.


The down side of this is the labor.  If the populous is not willing to help

out. it all is worthless.



From: afn03234 at freenet2.afn.org (Ronald L. Charlotte)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Ideas for fund raising???

Date: 13 Jun 1996 11:08:24 GMT


In <4pl57n$3dr at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, celtic2074 at aol.com (Celtic2074) wrote:

> The group I am in is trying to develop some ideas for  fund raising.  The

> site costs in our area have sky rocket over the past few years.  It is

> becoming impossible for events to make any profit to cover the  groups

> operating expenses.  I am sure there are other groups out there that have

> faced this problem. What solutions have been found ?  Any ideas for fund

> raisers ?


Our Barony has its largest fundraiser from selling softdrinks at the

medieval faire run by the city every year (its also where we have a huge

demo area, its more work than an _event_!).


I've known groups to sponsor snack stands at events, or even to have

periodic "trunk sales" with all or part of the profit going to the



There's the possibility of having a auction at an event (this works

really well if the group has at least a few skilled crafters or cooks

(box lunches)).


I well understand the site fee problem.  We live in an area chock full

of campgrounds and parks, and only a handful have the facilities we need

at a reasonable price.


   al Thaalibi ---- An Crosaire, Trimaris

   Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL

   afn03234 at afn.org



From: gfrose at cotton (Terry Nutter)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Ideas for fund raising???

Date: 12 Jun 1996 22:36:41 GMT

Organization: Not Much


Greetings, all, from Katerine Rountre.


There are generally three approaches to fund-raising:


       * within the local group

       * within the larger group

       * outside the group


These are listed in order from easiest to hardest, and from least to

most effective (in the sense of raising least to most bucks, assuming

that the activities at each level are roughly equally successful).


Some of the sorts of things you can do:


       * Rummages, auctions, etc.


       This is usually done within the local or larger group.  You

       procede by asking everyone locally to toss in anything they

       have and might want to part with, and then arranging to hawk

       the stuff, with teh group picking up the tab.


       This can also be targed outside the group asking for things

       of more general interest, and then holding a lawn/garage/tag/

       whatever-they-call-it-in-your-neck-of-the-woods sale.


       There is the ubiquitous bake sale.  (We can at least offer

       some slightly different products.)


       * Selling services


       This is usually done within the larger group.  Think broad.

       A "service" can be taking care of someone's kids at an event;

       but it can also be letting someone dunk you in water or

       throw pies at you; it can be writing a special verse for them;

       it can be _anything_ that anyone in your local group can do.

       (Well, _almost_ anything.  Keep it legal....)


       * Selling services outside


       Summer is the season of the carwash.


       Some places will actually pay for demos; great work if you can

       get it.


       You could try picking a weekend, and advertizing in the local

       paper a "Household Help and Handyman" benefit service for that

       weekend only, labor to come from your group, procedes to go to

       the group.


       * Begging


       You can always pass the hat.  If you pass it around each other,

       it's likely to come back thin, but at an event, you may have

       better luck.


None of these is guaranteed to work.  If raising money were easy, we'd all

be rich.  But they're a few ideas.  If any of them look like they'll work

for you locally, there's not much to lose by giving them a shot.



-- Katerine/Terry



From: ghita at ix.netcom.com(Susan C Earley)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Ideas for fund raising???

Date: 13 Jun 1996 16:50:54 GMT

Organization: Netcom


The new exchequer handbook has an entire appendix of fund-raising ideas

(pages and pages of them). Your local exchequer should have one of

these handbooks. If not, you can buy one from the Corporate Office in

Milpitas for $10 (every group should have one anyway...)



Date: Wed, 07 Jan 98 15:54:27 -0600

From: rudin at okway.okstate.edu

Subject: Re[2]: SC - It's still chicken? :-0


   Our shire does a Valentine's Feast fund raiser where we serve mostly

   mundane couples.  We generally serve cornish game hens, one per

   couple.  The only tableware they are given is a spoon and a table

   knife (not sharp).  As I understand, it is quite amusing watching the

   mundanes try to figure out how to attack the hen.



   rudin at okway.okstate.edu



Subject: ANST - Money from other sources

Date: Mon, 19 Jan 98 18:57:21 MST

From: "James Crouchet" <jtc at io.com>

To: ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG


Ulf, thanks [for] the discussion on Event Costs, which is a great lead in

to a related subject I have been discussing of late. That subject is

Corporate Sponsors. Corporate Sponsors are companies who give your

group something of value. For instance, we have one corporate sponsor

who prints our baronial newsletter at little or no cost. In exchange

they note in the newsletter that they printed it. Further, we try to

take our other printing needs to them.


So what can we get from such sponsors and what do they get for it?

Well, space for one thing. Meeting rooms, space for dance or fighter

practice. Perhaps the use of equipment that they already have or even

money -- especially if earmarked for a specific purpose.


What they get varies. They may want to be mentioned in your

newsletter as a sponsor (this is NOT an ad -- that is an important

legal distinction) much like public radio and tv mention their



They will almost certainly want to write off the cost on their

income tax as a donation. Consider that if they let you use space

they are not using anyway (or in the evening when they do not use it)

they can write off the fair market value of that space, i.e. what

equivalent space rents for in your area. That can lower their taxes

without actually increasing their costs.


They may do it just for the community PR. Odds are, they will want all

these things.


So, how do you get a corporate sponsor? The short answer is, you ask

them. In practice it is more complicated than that.


First, you need a positive community presence. That means giving

school demos, helping in local clean-up days, doing an adopt-a-hwy,

marching in parades, helping fund raise for public radio & tv, being

the entertainment at the policeman's ball, helping restore parks and

other community service activities. Do as much in costume as possible,

avoid talking about how weird you are and remember that talking about

your religion -- not matter what it is -- is bound to offend someone.

What you want for your trouble is a letter of thanks. Keep a file of

these. BTW, having the rest of the community know who you are and that

you are OK helps a lot in getting halls, getting new members and in

interactions with police or city councils.


Second, you need to pick a potential sponsor who has something you

want. Of course, we all want money, but that is the last thing a

business will want to give. Go for the in-kind donations whenever

possible. Remember that while you can have multiple sponsors some may

see this as disloyal, especially if you have more than two or three.

Also, if they want you to show up at their company picnic or some

such, more than a couple may put too much strain on your schedule.


Third, PREPARE a presentation. Make it clear who you are, what you give

to the community (now is when you need those letters), what you want

and what you are offering them (like a mention in your newsletter).


Fourth, have your best folks make contact and present your proposal.

If they say no, go to the next candidate. You may get a lot of NOs,

but it only takes one YES.


Finally, keep records and REPORT their donations. It is very

important to keep this all legal and report everything because if they

report their donation to the IRS any you do not they may get audited

and then they would drop you at once. What's more, YOUR GROUP might

get audited for unreported donations.


This may sound like a lot of trouble, but the benefits can be well

worth it and there are a lot of side benefits to having a positive

community presence. This also allows your group to do things without

having to get all the money from the pockets of SCAers.


Don Doré


P.S. - If any of you treasurer or legal sorts see mistakes in what I

have said above, please point them out so those who do this can do it




From: David Everett <everettd at ix.netcom.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: fund raising

Date: Sat, 04 Apr 1998 19:38:02 -0800


Holly Cochran wrote:


> Greetings from Ms. Aidan--The Outlands list has recently begun a

> discussion about site fees, etc. The underlying issue seems to be

> funding and fund raising. What are some ideas and ways that groups out

> there in the big SCA world have used to raise funds for things like

> sites, newsletters, loaner armor, etc. without raising site fees?

> Thanks, and a list of ideas will be compiled and posted back to the

> Outlands list.

> Things I had thought of and already suggested-fighter auctions, demos

> with Bashaknight, archery, etc. , participation in RenFairs (no flames

> please, its just that its done...), selling scrolls or other A&S stuff,

> A&S auctions.

> Thanks.

> Ms. Aidan Cocrinn

> Barony of al-Barran

> Kingdom of the Outlands


Auctions are very good, as are contests with entry fees, Lunchbox

auctions, Auction a fighter for a prize tourrney, buyer gets the prize.

The list is VERY long,  in the kingdom,

of the West on every Labor Day weekend, the Ducal Prize Tourney is held,

this event is a fundraiser for the Kingdom Historical Trust Inc.  a non

profit organization whose purpose is to acquire land for a permanent site

in the central west kingdom.  Over the four days of the event there a

myriad of contests, games and auctions. IIRC, last year approx. Nineteen

Thousand dollars was raised.

I think that the common theme is, at least here, is that we are happy to

give money for a good cause. But we want that choice, and being charged an

inflated price for an event so the local group can make money just sets a

lot of teeth on edge.  The Bod Site Fee surcharge was very controversial

out here.

Finally take a look at your Exchequer's Handbook,  It has a lot of

suggestions on fundraising in the back IIRC, (haven't been Exchequer in a

while =(8^D)


David Everett/Dimitri Sveestunov

Wanna be Jeopardy! Question Writer

This Message Brought to You by the Letters L and B,

and the number 8.



From: "sunshinegirl" <sunshinegirl at steward-net.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: fund raising

Date: 5 Apr 98 05:12:44 GMT


Holly Cochran <ulfaidan at flash.net> wrote:

> What are some ideas and ways that groups out

> there in the big SCA world have used to raise funds for things like

> sites, newsletters, loaner armor, etc. without raising site fees?


Bake sales at tourneys--especially when lunch items are provided.   Lunch

basket auction (volunteers make lunch for two, the baskets are auctioned

without knowing who made the lunch, and the maker eats with the buyer)

Special elections (Queen or King of May, for example) where

votes/nominations are purchased.  SCA themed garage or costume sales,

either with volunteer items or with owners contributing a percentage to

sponsoring group.  (Don't know if they still do it, but Calafia used to

have an annual costume sale--great place to either get rid of that costume

that no longer fits your personna or purchase that costume that fits your

new personna...)  Sponsor a war.  It might start off small, but everybody

loves a war, and if done right can really add to the bankroll.  Simple but

throughally researched feasts can also pay, especially if you insist on

prepayment with reservation.  Simple means less expense to actually cook,

but researched and planned means people won't mind paying $8-12 for it.

Just make sure that it is on time and comes complete with entertainment as

well. Hope this helps, and I would love a copy of your list when you finish



Melandra of the Woods



Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 16:17:03 -0700

From: lilinah at earthlink.net

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] What would you do?

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org


Samrah wrote:

> I totally agree with your entire post.  What kingdom are you in?

> Here in Caid I have heard carwashes are not allowed as they are not

> a "period activity".


Chass Brown <chass at allegiance.tv> wrote:

> Also never underesitimate the power of holding a carwash with the

> lasses of your area (have seen that one done as well).


As far as holding a fund-raising car wash... What is allowed is

specified in the Exchequer's Manuals. There is a different manual for

each kingdom for legal as well as traditional reasons.


There are certain rules that hold for the entire organization of the

SCA - since we must follow those specified by the IRS for 501.C.3



There are others that depend on the laws of the states in which a

particular kingdom is located.


Law about fund raising can be very particular for 501.C.3

organizations, and car washes could be against the law... check with

your Kingdom Exchequer before making assumptions or spreading

information about any such thing.



Exchequer for a Province that does one event a year, thank goodness,

so there's usually only one quarter with activity to report.



Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 06:48:48 -0500

From: "Terry Decker" <t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] What would you do?

To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>


It's more likely the carwash is against tradition ("it's mundane") rather

than being against the law.


501.C.3 is more about how you may use your income than how you make it.  And

I don't remember anything in that chapter of Title 26 covering carwashes.


Individuals can act seperately or as a group to raise money for charity and

donate that money as they choose.  As long as it is not organized by

officers of the SCA acting on behalf of the SCA and the fundraiser is not

officially recognized or sanctioned by any SCA group, the fund raiser is not

an activity of the SCA.  State laws may apply, but they do not apply to the

SCA only to the individuals involved.





Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 09:24:52 -0700

From: Ruth Frey <ruthf at uidaho.edu>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] Car washes and 501(c)(3)

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org


> It's more likely the carwash is against tradition ("it's mundane")

> ratherthan being against the law.

> Bear wrote:

> 501.C.3 is more about how you may use your income than how you

> make it.


     Actually, no, there are restrictions on making money for 501(c)(3)

organizations -- in order for it to remain non-Federally-taxed "exempt"

income, the income must be made in some way that directly relates to your

stated non-profit purpose (e.g. historical education).  A flat out

carwash doesn't cut it as "historical," and wouldn't qualify as exempt

income. The US gov't is also rather tricky in some of their  definitions of

what is taxable and not -- for example, advertising space sold in a

periodical, even if the actual content of the periodical counted as  fully

"historical," would be non-exempt and taxable.  Ditto rental of group

equipment to others (renting archery targets to a local hunting club,  



      What happens with non-exempt income is that it's treated as being made

by a for-profit sub-office (or whatever) of a non-profit overall group, and

all funds made in such a manner are then subject to standard Federal

corporate taxes -- so you *could* do it, but the bookkeeping would be a



      There is a small concession in that you can make some relatively

insignificant portion of your group's yearly income in non-exempt ways,

and still not have to pay taxes on it, but it has to be a pretty small



       I know whereof I speak, having been involved in the ground-floor-

up organization of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) historical educational corporation

recently . . . It's actually been a bit of a headache, trying to figure out

what is an "acceptable" fundraiser.  There has been some discussion of

"piggybacking" historical/mundane activities, like doing a carwash in  garb,

and handing out educational flyers about the garb to patrons as they wait,

though nobody's yet called the IRS nonprofit hotline to ask about it for



       One nice thing about being a 501(c)(3) group is that you can put out

a donations can ("Please help us keep educating about history."), and it's

totally legal, and the income is non-taxable.  Doesn't always net much cash,

but it's a very low-overhead thing to have out at demos, and every little

bit helps . . .


> Individuals can act seperately or as a group to raise money for

> charity and donate that money as they choose.  As long as it is not  

> organized by

> officers of the SCA acting on behalf of the SCA and the fundraiser is not

> officially recognized or sanctioned by any SCA group, the fund raiser is not

> an activity of the SCA.  State laws may apply, but they do not apply to the

> SCA only to the individuals involved.


     I've been trying to encourage the above sorts of things a lot myself;

as an added benefit, several states allow individuals one or a couple

"freebies" a year (you usually get X number of selling events that are not

subject to state sales tax -- though if you go over that many events, then

sales tax does apply).  Check *your* state's rules on that first, though.


      Getting back to food content, there's always the option of a Period

bake sale (Period goodies, sellers in garb, totally historical-educational)

. . .  :)


                -- Ruth



From: susan stallman <bronwens at cableone.net>

Date: September 16, 2005 4:02:33 PM CDT

To: ansteorra at ansteorra.org

Subject: [Ansteorra] re: Crown Server Auction


I'll be happy to explain:


A server auction is where people who are wanting to serve at feast are, well, put up for auction.  This is always a fun fund raiser.  Often a table will go together to bid on someone.  Although sometimes a single person may bid on a server and share with their table, or not.  The auction will be scheduled for a time where fighters will have a chance to clean up and come bid on someone to cater to them after their long day of noble endeavors.  


There is always great fun to be had by both server and servee.  Often the one being bid on has the most fun of all.  Many servers will come up with a twist or a bonus to raise their value.  For instance, Lady Thora and HE Adria are being "sold" as a pair, and a middle-eastern dance will be included in the price.  So whoever antes up for them will get dinner AND entertainment.


If you have seen HL Elizabeth's feast menu, you know it will be quite an extravaganza, so serving experience is preferred.  I am now half way to the number of servers needed, so I am still looking for more.  


REMEMBER! This is a chance to serve those in need, while your serving friends at feast.


In Service Always,


Lady Bronwen Selwyn

The Fox Tail Inn

Barony of the Eldern Hills


<<< Can you explain what is involved exactly?



susan stallman <bronwens at cableone.net> wrote:

Greetings Good People of Ansteorra!


I am coordinating servers for the fabulous feast HL Elizabeth is preparing for Crown. We will be holding a server auction to raise funds for our neighbors to the east who have fallen victim to the treacherous jezebel Katrina. While I have had a number of generous hearted Ansteorrans step forward to offer themselves to be used, or is that abused, as servers, I am yet short of the number needed. I would like to have the list completed by this weekend so I may start to coordinate things as need.


If you are interested in being a server, please e'mail me privately at bronwens at cableone.net.


Lady Bronwen Selwyn

The Fox Tail Inn

Barony of the Eldern Hills >>>



From: L T <ldeerslayer at yahoo.com>

Date: September 20, 2005 12:20:34 AM CDT

To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Server Auction


I've experienced one of these server auctions and it's really kewl. A  

number of us

bought several servers...some for our table and some for other  

people's tables...

it was amazing...


Our best server and the most fun...was a Peer of note...who adopted  

an alternate

persona of his unmarried sister...


Another gentle anonymously bid on the lady he was dating...she did  

not even

know he was able to make the event...the moment he revealed his  

identity as

her purchasor...at a very high price...is one of the most romantic  

ones I have

seen in the SCA...


Lorraine DeerSlayer



From: HLDarcy <HLDarcy at hot.rr.com>

Date: February 26, 2007 7:04:31 PM CST

To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>

Subject: [Ansteorra] Community Service


I would like to pass on a fund raising activity that my household does to support our local public libraries.  It's a simple thing and could be adapted by any group to support libraries or other worthwhile community services in your area.


Whenever we have a household event, such as our monthly birthday tourneys, we charge a $1.00 site fee and we hold a raffle in the evening during feast.  Tickets are a $1.00 each or six for $5.00.  We also have members and friends who donate to the library fund.  The money raised is then given to our local libraries to purchase materials on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  So far we have raised $250 which has been spread out between 3 libraries.  We are very close to making our next donation as we do this in $50 increments.


If you do this as a branch project (canton, shire, barony, etc.) remember this money must be kept seperate from your branch funds.  You can keep it in an old coffee can or a shoe box, but don't put it into your group's bank account.  (I put it in an envelope and stick it in my sock draw until we have $50.)


HL Darcy Evaline o Lasgwm

Lady Burkhaven

House Burkhaven



Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 12:58:58 -0500

From: Ysabeau <lady.ysabeau at gmail.com>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Empty Bowls

To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>


I've gone to the one held here in Bryn Gwlad (Austin, TX) several times. It

is really a great way to pick up some unique, handmade pottery. There is a

wide variety of skill range in the bowls...some are just standard

molds/greenware that are painted then fired, others are handmade from  

the clay up.


The auctions are silent auctions with famous artists and people either

painting the bowls or signing bowls that were painted for them. One of the

bowls I saw in the last auction was painted by a famous southwestern artist

with a local gallery. Some are musicians or actors who just signed a  

bowl that someone else designed for them.


The way it worked was that there was someone at the front to collect your

$10...each $10 got you one bowl. You were then herded into a room with bowls

piled on tables and you sorted through to pick the one(s) you want.  Then you

go through to the next room that had several restaurants serving up a

variety of soup into your bowls. Then you went to the tables out back and

ate your soup. When you were done, there was a washing station to rinse your

bowls and a packing station with newspaper and stuff. On your way out, they

checked your receipt against the number of bowls...or something like that.


This would be a great fundraiser for the Trimaris Soup Kitchen at Gulf

Wars...just a thought! Maybe have various SCA notables paint bowls for a

silent auction...Or, if the facilities are available, have a paint your own

area. You can paint it and then have it fired then on Friday everyone can

come pick up their bowls and have soup...not sure if the facilities would

allow that but I'm not a potter and I don't know what it would take.





Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:24:28 -0500

From: "Nick Sasso" <grizly at mindspring.com>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Elizabeth Crocker

To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>


< < < <  At the last meeting of home ec

teachers in my district MANY years ago, one of the

women said she was not a "stitcher & sewer" she only

wanted to teach the family relations and personal

adjustment stuff,   > > > > > >


MAN! talk about an golden opportunity for added income and activity . . .

resource education in "stitching and sewing" for your people.  Teach  basic

household skills to middle school, high school, and your adult aged

students who want to learn how to make menus, cook dishes and mend

clothing. Basic singlehood survival skills that SCA people are rife  



niccolo difrancesco



Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 19:45:35 -0500

From: "Kingstaste" <kingstaste at comcast.net>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Cooking for Power

To: "'Cooks within the SCA'" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>


<<< Your Majesty Gunthar, as the foodie that you are, have you appointed a

Royal Chef? Royal Food Taster? B&V? Any sort of culinary position within

your Court? >>>


One of our Kings auctioned off Royal Positions (fabricated, not actual

offices) for a Kingdom Fundraiser one year.  I remember Royal Food Taster

was one of them, along with Houndskeeper, Chamber Pot Chamberlain, that sort

of thing.


You should have a food taster, at least!





From: "Logan" <Logan at ebonwoulfe.com>

Date: December 23, 2010 8:49:57 PM CST

To: <the-triskele-tavern at googlegroups.com>

Subject: RE: The Triskele Tavern Central Florida SCA calendar


hey I raised over $900 for the Atlantian royal travel fund letting folks throw tomatoes at me while I was locked in the stocks I made!!!  back in the early 90’s.  the video is, well, something to see.  especially in slow motion.  8^(

wait........ perhaps thats not something to brag about....



From: "Rurik" <rurikps at cox.net>

Date: December 25, 2010 9:23:14 AM CST

To: <the-triskele-tavern at googlegroups.com>

Subject: Re: The Triskele Tavern Fund Raiser Ideas


About 23 years ago  I ran a fund raiser for the Kingdom Sheriff's Office (now Constables). I called it "Pie-a-Peer". Very simply, I hung a sheet with holes in it big enough for someone's face, then provided paper plates of whipped cream for people to throw at those faces. Obviously, it was the Peers whose faces were in the holes, but we also included the Kingdom Officers, and yes, I got "pied" as well as the Kingdom Sheriff (I wasn't a Peer yet). It was a great deal of fun and it did raise quite a bit of money. It's not period, but it certainly does draw a crowd!


$1.00 to throw a pie, $5.00 to walk up there and place the pie where you want it. The only question now is, who would be willing to stand there and take a pie for their Kingdom?


Just an old idea that still might work.




----- Original Message ----- From: "Trish Kvamme" <ladyoftherose at hotmail.com>


In this season of great giving my mind naturally traveled to the thought of Kingdom Fundraising.


Trimaris has traditional fund raisers for things like war chest, regalia, etc. But as each cycle completes, things like regalia and Kingdom owned equipment can need repair or replacement.


Our Kingdom's Order of the Rose does much of this fundraising.  And much of the time the tournaments get put back hours because of meetings or tournaments running over time.


This being said, I thought hey...why not ask the populace and folks what kinds of fundraisers they would like to participate in?  Make it something new and shiney or something others can help or be involved in?  Something really fun?

Great ideas can come from anyone's inspiration!


Several of the Baronies do them successfully.  Does anyone on here have some

fun or amazing ideas to raise funds for Kingdom projects, war chests, regalia,






From: "Logan" <Logan at ebonwoulfe.com>

Date: December 25, 2010 10:13:34 AM CST

To: <the-triskele-tavern at googlegroups.com>

Subject: RE: The Triskele Tavern Fund Raiser Ideas


throwing foodstuffs at other people certainly happened in Europe prior to

the 17th century.  at least I think.   ;^)


two things I have run, with great success, are gift basket auctions.  People

donate stuff, it gets put in "baskets" with other similar stuff, bidding

sheet goes out and people write in their bids throughout the weekend.  can

be a live auction, blind auction, online is also a possibility.


During my last reign we raffled off training hours with knights, laurels,

and notable teachers of various arts or sciences.  $1 tickets were sold at

events all over the kingdom, we set up a webpage which allowed people to buy

tickets online, and after three weeks I took each instructors bag of tickets

and had a child draw the winning ticket (or tickets as I donated two one

hour blocks).  We raised around $1500.  If someone donates a block and

nobody buys tickets for them I have a few simple solutions to protect them.




-----Original Message-----

From: the-triskele-tavern at googlegroups.com

<<< About 23 years ago  I ran a fund raiser for the Kingdom Sheriff's Office

(now Constables). I called it "Pie-a-Peer". Very simply, I hung a sheet with

holes in it big enough for someone's face, then provided paper plates of

whipped cream for people to throw at those faces. Obviously, it was the

Peers whose faces were in the holes, but we also included the Kingdom

Officers, and yes, I got "pied" as well as the Kingdom Sheriff (I wasn't a

Peer yet). It was a great deal of fun and it did raise quite a bit of money.


It's not period, but it certainly does draw a crowd!


$1.00 to throw a pie, $5.00 to walk up there and place the pie where you

want it. The only question now is, who would be willing to stand there and

take a pie for their Kingdom?


Just an old idea that still might work.


Rurik >>>



From: "Logan" <Logan at ebonwoulfe.com>

Date: December 25, 2010 11:59:17 AM CST

To: <the-triskele-tavern at googlegroups.com>

Subject: RE: The Triskele Tavern Fund Raiser Ideas


Yeah it worked out well.  i got some criticism when i came up with it from folks that felt peers, especially knights, should be giving their time away for free. well of course we (peers) do and should.  but this presented a chance for serious one on one time.  it also allowed a bunch of newer fighters, hesitant to ask for time, a chance to train with that big scary knight guy.  one small fighting household bought about 100 tickets and selected which member would be best served by the blocks they won.

Some folks had specific hours.  For example: one hour of polearm training, one hour of spear training for an individual or unit, one hour of calligraphy training, glass bead making, etc.  it started with just the knights but i decided to ask some non-fighting instructors as well.  there was almost equal interest in both fighting and a&s.


From: the-triskele-tavern at googlegroups.com

>> I have done baskets but the time blocks is quite brilliant :)

> From: Logan at ebonwoulfe.com

> throwing foodstuffs at other people certainly happened in europe prior to

> the 17th century. at least I think. ;^)


> two things i have run, with great success, are gift basket auctions. People

> donate stuff, it gets put in "baskets" with other similar stuff, bidding

> sheet goes out and people write in their bids throughout the weekend. Can

> be a live auction, blind auction, online is also a possibility.



From: Jean Paul de Sens <jeanpauldesens at gmail.com>

Date: June 22, 2012 3:22:11 PM CDT

To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] raising funds for the shire


<<< What do different groups use to help raise money for various things?


Salvador Ordoñez

Adlersruhe Seneschal >>>


One thing we've done in Mooneschadowe is talk local restaurants.  If like

many groups do, you go out for a group dinner following an activity,

differing restaurants might offer something back to you for guaranteed



For example, Mooneschadowe goes to Mazzio's after meetings, and if we

collect receipts, and send them to the corporate offices, Mazzio's will

give us back 15% of our groups receipts once per month.


They used to do it weekly (although only at 10%), and for a while we were

collecting $50-$80 per month, mainly because we had some awesome people

who'd always turn the receipts in.


We are still getting $20-$30 per month, and every little bit helps.





From: David Lathrop <dblathrop at yahoo.com>

Date: June 22, 2012 3:44:29 PM CDT

To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] raising funds for the shire


Pizza Inn or Pizza Hut will allow non profit groups to serve pizza in their restaurant for 2 hours and a percentage (20%?) of the proceeds go to your group. Fun to do in garb!!


HE Elisabeth




From: Hillary Greenslade <hillaryrg at yahoo.com>

To: salvadorthespaniard at gmail.com; ansteorra <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>

Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 2:56 PM

Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] raising funds for the shire


Silent Auctions,  Live Auctions,  Raffle for something valuable or really spiffy (Helm, Stain Glass, Tent),  Bake Sales,  Pass the Hat for donations, sell services for a donation (honest work such as hosting a feast for another group, or setting up camps at Gulf Wars).  Taverns - could be limitations on alcohol use/serving, check with kingdom on guidelines.  

If the fund raiser is for non-SCA purposes, the moneys are not allowed to be in an SCA account or filtered through one, check with your Exchequer.  If for an SCA purpose, such as supporting the shire coffers, then donations can be directed/made-out-to the shire account - AND are tax deductible to the donor, per my understanding, as the SCA is a 501c3 organization.




From: Bill Tait <arwemakere at gmail.com>

Date: February 16, 2011 12:12:07 PM CST

To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Gauging interest for a Cut Test BBQ


We recently had a fund-raiser where we tested medieval (esque) weapons

against more modern armor; a mid-80's Chevy Suburban. Parts were auctioned

off for the right to smash. Windows went quickly :) We raised about $500 on

the event, and "learned" a lot!


William Arwemakere



From: sjpaterson at EASTLINK.CA

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Calontir History Question (Singing)

Date: May 15, 2011 4:02:52 PM CDT

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu


<<< I would have to add, at Pennsic this past year,  many evenings there was more philosophy and bacon rather than bardic singing in the Living Room.  I met many out-of-kingdom gentles who stopped by becasue they were told of Calontir's singing tradition and they went away greatly disappointed.

Roselyn >>>


The known world stopping by to hear us sing happened at Gulf, too. We thought a collection box outside the PP dressed up like a jukebox so folks could make their "selections" (requests) might be a good soup kitchen fund-raiser.





Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 09:41:08 +1000

From: Paddy Neumann <pneu4425 at mail.usyd.edu.au>

Subject: [Lochac] Camp setup assisstance

To: lochac at lochac.sca.org, colleges at lochac.sca.org

Cc: crispies at lochac.sca.org, ursulans at lochac.sca.org


Are you finding that your joints are starting to go?  Do you find  

setting up camp after driving *mumbelty*-eight hours to site a  

tiresome chore?  Do you simply want to relax, enjoy a cold beverage  

and the soup kitchen upon arrival, and not have to worry about putting  

up a tent?


Then, once again, do I have a deal for you!


The College of St Ursula, the oldest college in Lochac with active  

membership (suck it Blessed Herman, muster for College War and prove  

us wrong!), will be running a camp setup service this coming Rowany  

Festival. There will be half a dozen of us on site from around 2pm,  

loitering outside the troll tent, waiting for any business to come  

along. As more Collegians arrive, we will add to our numbers to cater  

for the increasing demand come late afternoon and dusk.  Should you  

not find us there, either ask the troll staff, as we might be busy, or  

check the tavern/colleges camp if it's late in the night.


The price has been decided on after discussion with the my fellow  

Ursulans at 10 gold the tent.  If you wish us to set up other stuff  

for you, and/or unpack a ute/trailer/four wheel drive, that shall  

increase the cost to the modest sum of 20 gold.  For more complicated  

projects, such as multiple tents, household pavillions or for a family  

discount, I will cheerfully negotiate a fair price.  There will be a 5  

gold surcharge for any work carried out after sundown, as you need  

good night vision for that and carrots don't come cheap these days,  

not like how it used to be, back when a dollar was worth something.


As for the destination of the money, half will go to the college(s) of  

the helper(s), and half will go to the helpers themselves.  That's  

right, I'm running this like I run the Martyr Auction; for the benefit  

of all the Colleges of Lochac.  St Andronicus, I'm looking at you!  I  

will be keeping records of who has been helping with what task, and  

will pay the correct collegians and the represented colleges  

appropriately. This way all the colleges get a bit more cash and the  

collegians get some more booze money.  Oh, and that all important  

networking thing, meeting new and interesting people and the like, but  

mainly the booze.


So, in summary;


WHAT: Campsite setup

WHEN: Thursday 2pm-10pm/whenever we get too drunk to swing a hammer  

safely, whichever comes last

WHERE: Meet at the Troll Tent/Tavern, then we'll come to your campsite.

HOW MUCH:    $10 per tent, $20 for tent and unpacking a vehicle, $5  

Carrot Surcharge for Nocturnal Activity, more complicated tasks by  


WHY: 'Cos the collegians are idle and sober, when they could be busy,  

drunk, meeting new people or some combination of the above.  Also,  

Colleges always like support, and it's best when that support is  



I trust that you find my plan to your liking, that you use and  

recommend Honest Paddy's Discount Packmules (Look for the swans!), and  

that you remember that I remain,


Padraig Lowther



Date: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 17:23:58 +1200

From: tamara at suncrow.com

Subject: Re: [Lochac] Mendicant Friar experience at Pennsic

To: "The Shambles: the SCA Lochac mailing list"

        <lochac at lochac.sca.org>


<<< I do have these (unfortunately, old) files in the Florilegium and

would love to have more.

per-insanity-msg (30K) 4/17/08 Insane personas, insanity in period.



per-lepers-msg (9K) 2/23/01 Stories of using leper personas.

http://www.florilegium.org/files/PERSONAS/per-lepers-msg.html >>>


Kjartan and I did the leper thing one Pennsic.  It was to raise money

for the Chirurgeons, so we only did it one day.  We wore rags and bells

and wrapped ourselves in bandages and moaned "Outcast!  Unlean!" a lot.  

Our friend Guillaume had a Hospitaller persona, so he was our minder,

and alternated between playing the part and explaining what we were

raising money for.  Some people didn't get it and just gave us the hairy

eyeball. Some people laughed and gave us money.  Some people got into

it with either "Oh, poor souls!  God bless and here's some alms" or

crying out in alarm/cursing us and crossing the road to avoid us.  One

guy made a good show of shielding his gentle lady from our corruption.  

I forget how much we raised in the end, but it was good fun.





From: Jennifer Moody <botinator24 at GMAIL.COM>

Subject: [CALONTIR] Fyrdraca Archery Shoot at Lilies

Date: May 30, 2014 11:52:20 AM CDT

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu


Have you ever wanted to shoot from a Viking longboat? The Bee Hive Five (Lady Alessandra de Piro, Lady Cecilia de Gatisbury, Lady Emeline de Moulineaux, Mistress Rahil al-Sirhaan, & Sir Robert Brockman) and the crew of the Fyrdraca, have joined forces to bring you this unique opportunity to do something exciting while raising funds for two worthy causes. The cost is $30 (cash only please) to shoot one round of 6 arrows. All money will be split evenly between the Fyrdraca Preservation fund and the Lilies Archery fund. The boat will take 15 archers per raiding party, on a maximum of 3 voyages. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served, basis. Tickets can also be purchased Friday night of Lilies at Troll. If you are coming in on Saturday or Sunday, tickets can still be purchased (if available), but you will have to find one of us. If tickets are not sold out, you can buy them at the time of the shoot.


The shoot is the first Sunday at Lilies, starting at 4:00 pm.


****SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS: Participants need to be 15 years and older and able to enter/exit/row the Fyrdraca. Please bring arrows appropriate for a 3D shoot. Also, participants need to consider how to store their bow & arrows while rowing. Because of the rowing motion, amount of people on board, and water in the boat, the bow cannot be laid down while rowing.


Lady Cecilia de Gatisbury


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