The past few years have been difficult times for Arizona’s non-profits and the fundraising organizations that support those non-profits.
Corporate and individual contributions were way down.
A recent headline in the Arizona Republic summed it up well: “Phoenix-are arts scene struggles to survive, thrive.” The article goes on to say that “The great Recession hit arts and cultural organizations hard. Big cash donations have dried out, ticket sales went soft and many arts non-profits started running deficits, even after slashing their budgets.”
In recent years, RAVE fabriCARE has provided substantial support to various to various non-profits and fundraising organizations.
Our most important effort involves two organizations: Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera. Over the past 10 years, both organizations have faced the real threat of closing their doors.
Over the past 4 years, we’ve cleaned thousands of exquisitely decorated, hand-made costumes for both organizations with a retail service cost exceeding $60,000.
Other charitable efforts have included:
To further support these non-profits and their fundraising organizations, RAVE FabriCARE formulated a creative philanthropic initiative: CoutureCare for Charity.
The intent of this program is to provide a little extra boost — in cash — for any fundraising effort that involves a formal charity event.
The program has the potential to add thousands of dollars to the final result of the fundraiser, depending on
The CoutureCare for Charity program differs from all other dry cleaner charitable initiatives in five critical areas:
This program benefits only one fundraising organization: yours.
Other dry cleaner initiatives benefit a whole host of charities. Accordingly, the return to the charity (in cash or in kind) is small relative to the promotional effort the charity is required to invest.
The success of the program is directly proportional to the number of patrons who participate. Quite simply, the greater the number of participants, the greater the return to the charity.
For example, say a formal event is attended by 500 patrons and 100 female patrons and 100 male patrons elect to participate in the program. Given that our average price of a formal gown is about $200 and our average price of a two piece tuxedo is $70, the program will return approximately $9,000 in cash to the fundraising organization.
Double the participation and the program will return approximately $18,000 in cash.
Unlike programs where a dry cleaner agrees to donate X% of their gross cleaning revenue to charity, the beneficiary charities do not have to rely on the dry cleaner for “full disclosure”.
With the CoutureCare for Charities program, the patron confirms the exact amount of the rebate by receiving and mailing the check and the charity deposits that exact amount.
Many dry cleaner-related charitable initiatives involve the donation of services.
In today’s economic environment, charities benefit the most when the contribution is cash.
Because cash provides the charity with the greatest flexibility in allocating their limited resources for maximum impact.
With RAVE FabriCARE’s CoutureCare for Charities program, there’s no administrative nightmare: who received a certificate? Who dropped off or sent in their formal attire? What gross revenues were generated by the dry cleaner from the charitable initiative? How much is due to the charity? When will that amount be paid?
This program eliminates all these non-productive, post formal event administrative tasks, thereby allowing the fundraising organization to devote all its energies to promoting the program to as many patrons as possible prior to and during the formal event.
To find out more about our CoutureCare for Charities program and/or to register your formal event, please contact us.
Idea credit for CoutureCare for Charity: John-Claude and Joseph Hallak