Moving the Mission Needle
Do something besides a banquet to reach a new crowd while still raising funds
By Ralph Cinfio III, RMEF Vice President of Fundraising Services
Have you or your chapter ever thought about organizing a RMEF second event? On average the RMEF hosts close to 500 banquets annually, but we’re not talking about banquets. When we suggest second events, we mean fun activities that you and your committee may have some expertise to organize or run.
Maybe your committee is full of archery hunters. If so, it might make sense to host an archery shoot. Your committee may have runners, trap shooters or golfers, or you may have friends who are really into those sports, so you have a resource to plan a fun run or trap shoot. Chances are someone you know has participated in some of these types of events. Why not make it an RMEF second event, raise some additional funds for elk country and have a lot of fun doing it?
A wide variety of second events are being put together by chapters today such as golf tournaments, gun raffles, archery shoots, ladies night out events and more. Typically these are smaller and much easier to plan and carry out than a banquet, and they keep the RMEF name in the community more than just once a year when the annual banquet rolls around.
If every chapter was able to host a second event, just think about what could happen to increase income for the RMEF mission. What does that mean to the bottom line? Well, if every chapter held a simple second event that netted only $1,000, in one year we could increase our mission funding by an extra half-million dollars.
What does it mean for mission in your state? Well, in simple terms, if your state is operating in the black, 50 percent of any second-event income immediately flows to your state allocation. Through RMEF’s unique Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and state grant programs, that’s where you as a volunteer have a voice in how those mission dollars are used to support stewardship, land protection, and hunting heritage projects.
If you feel like I do about wildlife, elk country and hunting, I know you appreciate what RMEF members, volunteers and supporters have accomplished. Since 1984 the Elk Foundation has permanently protected more than 1,000 square miles of critical elk habitat, opened up more than 760,000 acres of previously closed lands for the public to hunt, fish and roam, and greatly enhanced another 6.7 million acres of elk country.
Don’t be afraid to step in, get creative and organize a new event that hasn’t been done before. Have some fun, and remember: everything we do today for elk country will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.