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"Michael J. Rosen" <[log in to unmask]>
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Engineers Without Borders <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Nov 2007 08:57:07 -0500
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I recommend that you have a phone conversation with the Rotary person  
who emailed you. Conversations about money feel strange, but they did  
say they want to help. The point of your conversation would be to find  
out if they mean "in kind" help, e.g. advice from their own people who  
happen to be in useful professions or "stuff" that the project could  
use that happens to be a product that some Rotary member makes or  
sells; OR funding, i.e. money. If the latter, you can be bold enough  
to ask what sort of contributions they have been able to make to past  
projects like this one. Once you find that out and vigorously express  
your thanks, the group can huddle and prepare a short proposal to  
Rotary. Others know much more about fundraising than I but I've found  
that sponsors like to be responsible for a specific part of a project  
-- something a gratitude plaque can be posted on, figuratively or  
literally. "Refractory Bricks thanks to Rotary International" or  
"Boiler and Chimney by Rotary" -- kind of like the decals on a NASCAR  
race car. Or if a particular trip needs to financed for the project,  
maybe they'd be interested in coverering that. The point is ask for  
funding for something specific and tangable, not just a sum of money  
for operating expenses.

Maybe this will help; maybe not.
Quoting Jacqueline Elizabeth Bell <[log in to unmask]>:

> Shortly after the newsletter was posted I got these two emails below.
> Big thanks to Brianna for working hard on this :)
> ----- Forwarded message from [log in to unmask] -----
>     Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 14:13:43 -0700
>     From: Tracy Beavers <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Tracy Beavers <[log in to unmask]>
>  Subject: FW: December Fund Raiser for EWB- UVChapter
>       To: [log in to unmask]
> Jacquie make sure you respond to Ron as soon as you can. Rotary's have been
> known to donate the entire amount of money for a project! This is a really
> good relationship and huge that he contacted you! Good Luck and keep me
> posted on how things are going!
> Tracy Beavers
> Professional and Student Chapter Coordinator
> Engineers Without Borders-USA
> 1811 Lefthand Circle, Suite A-1
> Longmont, CO 80501
> Phone 303-772-2723 ext. 111
> Fax 303-772-2699
>  <http://www.ewb-usa.org> www.ewb-usa.org
>   _____
> From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 1:26 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Cc: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> Subject: December Fund Raiser for EWB- UVChapter
> Good Morning
> A note of introduction and a commitment to your chapter to provide all the
> tools Rotary International can provide to support your chapter for
> water/sanitation projects.
> The latest EWB Newsletter from Tracy had a notice of your fund raiser, I
> know Don Wallace, and WaterPLUS /Rotary International is currently active
> with EWB chapters.
> Let me know if there is anyway I can provide service to your chapter.
> your friend in service
> Ron Cowan, PDG '93-'94
> Chair, WaterPLUS, Inc.
> 75 Apple Blossom Drive
> West Lebanon, NH 03784
> (603) 298 9957
> [log in to unmask]
> www.waterplus.org <http://www.waterplus.org/>
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> ----- End forwarded message -----