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Documentary Tips, Issue #016 -- fundraising class and a new look
November 09, 2012

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Issue #16 – November 9, 2012 –


New Look! -- Yes, we've completely revamped the look of to make it easier to navigate, participate and browse the site. I think it's a lot more pleasant to the eye, too. What do you think? Visit the site now.

Documentary Fundraising 101 Workshop Recap -- We had a fantastic turn-out for my "Documentary Fundraising 101" workshop held at The Foundation Center in Atlanta several weeks ago. Thanks to all the wonderful filmmakers and artists who attended.


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Documentary Fundraising 101 Workshop

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During the fundraising workshop, four filmmakers stood up and pitched their films to the group as part of a "pitch contest". We took up an impromptu donation and raised $80 in less than a minute! The cash was divided up equally between the four contestants -- enough at least for some hard drive space!

It was a powerful example of the importance of having a good pitch ready at all times. (And heartwarming to see filmmakers supporting filmmakers!).

Today's Documentary Fundraising Tip: Seek out groups such as the Rotary Club or a group connected to the subject matter of your film to pitch your documentary project and ask for a donation.

Another idea is to organize a fundraising houseparty. The best approach at a fundraising event is to have a respected person to ask for the actual donation on your behalf. That's a very common and effective fundraising technique.

One of the attendees of the workshop said she raised $27,000 for her documentary project by holding a special fundraising campaign around her 27th birthday. Brilliant!

Learn more about documentary fundraising.

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