Exactly - I work in wine and wrote this: http://townhallbrands.com/we-are-looking-for-a-wine-sponsor/
Pretty sure all who know Angel in the Charleston F&B world know she is an incredibly giving, creative, committed member of the community. It's not always easy to speak the truth, nor is it convenient to hear it. The fact that she got a conversation going here is great! Keep on Angel!
So be prepared for our request for cash donations rather than product and staff time. Especially as the current administration proposes to slash access for social services for our state's poorest residents, we will turn to for-profit businesses and individuals more frequently to meet the basic needs of the poorest in our communities. Many of these are people who work in the hospitality industry with low wages and no benefits.
wow...as a former King Street retail business owner, I was all too familiar with the constant requests for donations...sometimes it was even down right annoying, but we decided who and what we wanted to give to. That said, to spend the energy complaining about it in an article seems really unnecessary and even damaging to the nonprofits that we are so grateful to have here in the Lowcountry. Let's face it. The Charleston F &B industry is one of the strongest in the country... this article is just petty.
I call BS. Respectfully say no if you want but get a write off and help a charity is a win win. Any small amount is good and the certificate may never be used. Still a win win. 10 requests a week. Oh, I am so sorry for your trouble. Restaurants aren't the only ones but they have the easiest way to help out. I was in the F & B industry. Giving creates good will and good will creates more business if handled correctly.
Send these emails to your spam folder, or quickly just delete them or say NO... get over yourself.
Consider doing this.....
Ask your organization's benefactors to underwrite the acquisition of some of the bigger ticket or popular auction items. Use that seed money to purchase the premier items or services at a steep discount. A properly organized and conducted auction should generate a reasonable return for the organization. Leverage the seed money to bring a higher yield for the organization.
Angel's effort in behalf of Wine+Food was for the benefit of the F&B industry itself. That's a big difference. Go Angel.
Donations to most 501c3's are deductible.
Well said. That same concept goes for media companies who give their time and effort year after year, incur business expenses, and organizations take total advantage of the situation. most people respect the product more if they have to pay something for it.
Additionally, there are a few chef's in town who "throw their weight around" and expect "comp" meals, free meats, constituents, wines, etc. You probably know who they are.
I recall many years ago Angel being the one to start Wine + Food. Didn't you ask for a lot of handouts from businesses to get your "cause" going? Is it still a problem to raise money for this non-profit (no, you now charge them to be a part)?
Now that it's successful, it seems you forgot where the roots were founded. No money, but a good idea, and asking for donations (specifically from the food industry) in order to gain a footing to make the event grow.
Gross...would throw back at server...Woo Hooo....
Its unfortunate that one of her clients has to post on her behalf. Anyone with access to the internet knows that Home Team BBQ is a community leader and contributes to multiple causes in a selfless manner. Her article didn't do the community any favors, in fact, it made those businesses that care look "p'sed off" that they get asked all the time. A professional wouldn't have made her clients feel the need to stand up for her should her message been conveyed correctly and with respect.
In regards to the Charleston City Paper Article this morning, we at Home Team BBQ would like the opportunity to say that since our opening in 2006, we have welcomed the chance to be a part of the gracious and giving Charleston community. We are honored to have the ability to offer our goods and services for the benefit of those in need in the Lowcountry and across the country such as Hogs for the Cause, the Ronald Mcdonald House, Operation Home, St Andrews Parks and Playgrounds, Whitesides Elementary School, the Able Life Foundation and countless others. Inevitably, when asked to donate our goods and services, there comes a time when we have to decline assistance and is never a decision we take lightly. We have built our local business on giving since day one and we will continue to do so with pride in our hearts and smiles on our faces. We have great respect for Angel Postell and the amazing work she has done and continues to do for the Charleston community in countless charitable situations. She is a wonderful asset to our company and a great friend.
Nonprofits need to ask for donations, and restaurants should give to their community. Took this and went a little deeper. Here's my take, if you're interested.
Poorly written and a missed opportunity. The message is clear, but if these restaurants she's referring to have a hard time with all the requests, simply respectfully decline. I can't believe an PR professional would put this out without major revisions to her message. What it looks like is "don't bother my clients, and if you are a restaurant and don't want to be bothered, call me". Very self-serving.
From a non profit. Ask for want. Be happy with what you get - even it is "we can't "
I learned this the hard way when I solicited for a silent auction last year. While the non-profit I was representing really operates on a shoestring budget, I fully understand and respect that businesses often work from a very narrow profit margin.
I think there needs to be a line of distinction drawn in this conversation between for-profit businesses asking for freebies and non-profits asking for donations. Crab all you want about the former, but this column aims to address some important points about the latter. That is: if you have a worthy cause, you should be able to pitch it in such a way that sponsors will want to give but also that doing so will benefit the sponsor. It seems callous, but the positive PR of philanthropy feeds the bottom line, because if things aren't feeding the bottom line then where do the donations come from?
So if you're asking restaurants, local businesses, artists, musicians, promoters to give of their time, work, and wares to your cause, please show some respect and that you're looking to develop a healthy relationship. Abandon the notions that people have unlimited time and resources, and instead respect that the donations of each are important to them as well. Make it easy for them to know what you expect, when to expect it, and then do the legwork of promoting your event and publicizing their donations. Nothing makes you feel like more of a heel then seeing an event poster drop you off the musician or major sponsor list because, well, oops.
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