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.
Home Team BBQ came down from Charleston to my hometown of Hilton Head Island in the wake of the tragic colossal damages inflicted immediately after Hurricane Matthew.
They set up shop in the parking lot of a local mid-island restaurant and provided food and bottled water to hundreds of people who were wrestling with the cleanup carnage.
Honored by your grace and kindness bestowed on us in our hour of need.
It's the same with Musicians that are asked by restaurants and bars to play for exposure. While I agree with the point the writer makes, the tone of the article from a pr person is harsh. Building relationships with their customers is what sales is all about. When you strip away the terms it's still sales. I also agreed that many people today old and young feel entitled. I love Home Team BBQ because the quality of food is extraordinary. Love them Wangs! My first thought was I didn't want to contribute to her tone by eating where she promotes. But my taste buds got the better of me.
Small local charities often struggle to stay afloat, and with social program funding on the chopping block in the Trump administration, it could get much worse. Restaurants absolutely have the right to say no and should do so instead of giving grudgingly, but it's wrong to characterize all non-profits as mooches and parasites.
Once had a church group approach us about using the private dining room to host a wine-and-cheese tasting event. They wanted numerous different wines on offer, each paired with specific cheeses, and a somm on hand to educate. Oh, and they wanted it all for free. On a Sunday. When we're closed.
Their rationale for asking to be comped? They were a church group, and these were mostly older folks. But they were SURE that by doing this, we'd see more repeat business than we knew what to do with.
Can someone reacquaint me with the Bible verse that apparently says, "Go ye into all the world and be insufferable mooches."?
"First, most of the charities requesting items are probably making more money than the restaurant they are soliciting." With the exception of Spoleto, MUSC Children's Hospital, Chas Wine & Food -- I'd love to know who else you are thinking in town makes money as a non-profit.
While I totally understand being frustrated with the asks, I think the important message here is not: STOP ASKING but rather HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER. Non-profits need support just like restaurants need their seats filled -- it can't be either or.
Great step in the right direction, but a $100 fine for tickets people are making literally thousands on scalping for single events isn't enough. Should be mandatory 30 days in jail. Once again, glad someone is taking a step in the right direction in helping preserve an amazing music scene. Thank you Senator Matthews.
Sounds like racism against whites.
The Holy City is full of high-falutin' parasites, scalawags and upper echelon deadbeats pretending to have "charitable" causes. They should all be exposed and then publicly flogged for their despicable behavior.
As someone who knows - I was in retail management for 30 years - this is not something effecting just the restaurant industry. I would bet that in my 30 years I never saw a month go by without at least 2 or 3 requests for donations. If you have a successful-appearing business this happens to everyone. So , I guess my question is, does the columnist really think this only happens to restaurants or are they somehow a more "special" case?
Survivalist communities? Ok, whatever your god told you must do, jump on it, as long as you don't involve tax-payer funds.
Jim Deminted, more like. Fomenting anger and mistrust in our NON-partisan Justice and Intelligence communities is anti-American and unpatriotic. Perhaps he, too, is complicit in collusion or at least complicit in supporting collusion.
Veg options appear quite scarce.
@Susan, I don't want to go too off-topic and I understand you were criticizing the author about her complaint of blocked cheese...
The anti-caking additives are cellulose, aka powdered wood pulp. And, it's very safe and used in tons of foods. It's fiber. In fact, its very likely that you eat healthier because of it. It makes you fuller and doesn't add calories. So while you may not like it, it's incorrect to say that it's healthier to eat block cheese.
If you're going to say research is important, perhaps you should do some of your own. ;)
thats not a good sign, seems much more expensive than their last DB'S on James Island
Read the article closer... the name hasn't been decided yet. "Upper East Side Waffle House" is just a description, though not a great one. Seems like a great new spot, in an otherwise fairly quiet area in regard to restaurants serving breakfast. Can't wait!
They were opened for one day and now closed again... Seriously.
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