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Friday, June 1 2001

Funding ideas

This is most likely the last of my youth center/hostel series; we'll look at the feedback tomorrow.

It seems to me there should be ready funding sources available for such a project in an economically depressed area like Blacklick Valley/Cambria County; perhaps outright grants or, surely, development loans from government agencies. I gave some built-in funding sources in yesterday's entry: $15-per-night/per-person bed fees; $1 minimum fees for Internet computers; marked up food, beverage, and snack items; tours of area attractions at varying prices, and so on.

Other sources would include memberships in the youth center. My intuition says these fees for local memberships should be nominal, to encourage widest use; perhaps $12 for a year's membership or 50 cents for using the TV room and recreation facility and equipment on a per-day basis for anyone finding it difficult to raise the annual fee. The younger the youth joining, the lower should be the fee, with perhaps adult and sponsorship fee categories available as well. Sponsorships would most likely be easy to find, from philanthropic individuals and companies in and "from" the area.

Most of my professional life I was in fund raising (first for a series of nonprofit charitable youth and campus ministries, and later for a professional, for-profit writers' service association), so I have a lot of experience of what works and how well. I think lots of support could be garnered by former locals who want to contribute to today's valley youth in a variety of ways, and I'm certainly willing to help anyone in the Valley interested in taking this up as a project (without fee or "cut," of course).

Community support could also be garnered by volunteer labor on making the facility ready, donating used-but-still-useable equipment (like computers, bikes, ping pong), and other support. Fund raisers like youth spaghetti dinners, record hops, or car washes could also be put on, perhaps by local Scouts and/or church youth groups, with those donating their labor getting free memberships. In some cases, it would not be out of bounds to split proceeds between those who work, or the group they represent, and the "cause" (funding portion of the youth center development).

I think incremental development will probably work best. Any good ideas should be aired and tried. Though I don't have to play a role, I'm willing to keep with this to whatever extent local people want, and my job obligations allow...feel free to ask. Besides fund raising experience, I have even more years in publicity and tourism promotion, and am also willing to prepare and send media releases as another form of support.

So...any entreprenuers or community organizers out there ready to make the next move? Regardless or whether you can lead or contribute follower support, I'd like to get your input. And of course, if you still think it's an unworthy idea, let me know that, as well.

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