Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising

I had an interesting conversation the other day with Ray Riffe, the UniSERVE director over at the Guilford County Association of Educators/NCAE. Riffe, a one-time candidate for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, said in small talk that he estimates the cost of a countywide at-large race such as the one I’m running for to be around $25,000-$40,000 in terms of fundraising.

What I don’t want this race to be about is fundraising. Instead, I want this race to be about ideas…ideas on how we can do a better job at educating our children. And while I do want fundraising to be an integral part of this campaign, it is not an exclusive part of this campaign either.

We will begin accepting donated funds very shortly, I’m still evaluating a good online channel of how we want to begin accepting those donations and I haven’t found a good one yet. But when we do, any donation will be accepted. But remember the theme of this campaign…grass-roots, all the way. Sending out letters and e-mails. Knocking on doors, hosting coffees (and I’m lining up some more coffees to host this summer–and if YOU want to host a coffee in your home with your friends and neighbors, e-mail me today on hueyforguilfordschoolboard@yahoo.com and we’ll get it set up), passing out fliers, speaking up at meetings…this is the way we will win next Spring.

This is the way we will win, and this is the way we will begin taking back our school board. We will raise money, but more importantly, we need to raise the consciousness level of everyone in Guilford County. We CAN do better, we MUST do better…we WILL do better for our children.

E.C. 🙂

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