Fundraising Committee

1995 Annual Report

During 1995 it became apparent that Chebucto is not in good financial health. Our emphasis on the free nature of a community net was so well received that many users did not realize that Chebucto is not free to operate and many who could easily afford to support us were not even aware that such support was needed. The board has actively attempted to correct this mis-communication and the number of society members has increased as a result. In addition, processes are being put in place which will make it easier for users to pay membership fees.

A strategic report was commissioned from a local fund-raiser which gives the fund-raising committee a basis for future activity. In cooperation with the Membership Committee, changes have been made in memberships with benefits like Custom User Names for Supporting Members.

A fairly comprehensive plan has been developed for 1996 which requires new members on the committee who will accept the challenge to make Chebucto as successful financially as it is technically. If you are interested in discussing how you might help, send e-mail to Joan.

Tasks for 1996

1. Develop "Benefits of Membership" Plan, for example:
* approach local businesses for discounts or special offers for Chebucto Members
* solicit our users for discounts or special offers for Chebucto Members
* explore other ideas
2. Research, evaluate and, implement (where appropriate and feasible) various fund-raising ideas, for example:
* an on-line auction with items donated from the community
* advanced internet training
* connection set-up service
3. Information Provider Services
* work with ip's to find funding for special development projects which would benefit the ip and, later benefit ccn in general
4. Organize an annual Fund Raising Drive for Chebucto
5. Organize and operate an on-line Boutique to sell such things as:
* T-shirts
* mugs
* ball hats
* promotional items like pens
* ccn mouse pads
* user guide
* gift certificates
* start-up packages with disk of shareware/freeware and clear directions on installation and connection basics
6. Establish partnerships with local businesses for support of Chebucto users, phone line sponsorship, page sponsorship, advertising on membership cards, advertising on printed newsletters.
7. Consider and explore other ideas.
Respectfully submitted,

Joan Macintosh, Chair