CHAPTER 13 | FUNDRAISING

ACE’s compelling success story can attract funders and sponsors.  Its mission is closely allied with America’s effort to improve STEM education.  Many of its participants are at-risk youth whom ACE helps pursue postsecondary education.   Finally, ACE has a proven track record of developing a future work force for one of America’s largest economic sectors, the integrated design and construction industry.  

AFFILIATE STRATEGIES (COMING SOON)

Affiliates raise money to support their operating costs and scholarships in many different ways.  Their fundraising activities and strategies are described below:

SPONSOR SOLICITATIONS

BENEFIT MEAL EVENTS + RECEPTIONS

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

ACE AS A BENEFICIARY

BOARD + MENTOR SOLICITATIONS

WEB CAMPAIGNS + E-SOLICITATIONS

FOLLOW-UP STEPS

–  EXAMPLE PITCH LETTERS

–  EXAMPLES OF SUPPORTING MATERIALS

–  TOP TEN REASONS TO SPONSOR ACE

BEST PRACTICE TIPS

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PROGRAM EXAMPLES

EXAMPLES OF ELECTRONIC PROGRAMS

SAMPLE IMPACT VIDEOS

EXAMPLES OF SILENT AUCTIONS

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

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UNIQUE ACE CREATED EVENTS

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- BUILD IT FORWARD | ACE HOUSTON
- GIANT JENGA TOURNAMENT | ACE GREATER PHILADELPHIA

OTHER IDEAS

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Affiliates are the beneficiary of fundraising events organized by allied organizations (e.g., local chapter of AIA, SMPS, ABC, etc.)

EXAMPLE MATERIALS

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EXAMPLE MATERIALS

EXAMPLE PROMOTIONS

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EXAMPLE MATERIALS

EXAMPLE PROMOTIONS

FOUNDATION GRANTS

Foundation grants are a potential source of short-term support for affiliates.  Several affiliates have successfully competed for five- and six-figure grants.   

Although a tiny handful of affiliates have benefited from government grants, they are not a recommended source of support because the application process can be very cumbersome and the reporting requirements very time consuming.  In short, they often can be more trouble than they are worth.

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GRANT WRITING TIPS

- GRANT WRITING TIPS

- SAMPLE PHONE CALL SCRIPT

- GRANT WRITING: BEST PRACTICES MANUAL | ACE Austin, TX

SAMPLE PROPOSALS

- PROPOSAL TO CUMMINGS FOUNDATION | ACE Boston, MA

- PROPOSAL TO BELK FOUNDATION | ACE Charlotte, NC

- PROPOSAL TO RALPH WILSON FOUNDATION | ACE Michigan

- PROPOSAL TO OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION | ACE Portland, OR