Dresden’s FR Miracle: 1120 Drinks, 71 Kilo Bread, 45 Kilo Tomatoes…

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The par­tic­i­pants of the upcom­ing SU of AEGEE-Dres­den, AEGEE-Berlin and AEGEE-Wro­claw will def­i­nite­ly not stay hun­gry. Espe­cial­ly AEGEE-Dres­den was very suc­cess­ful in get­ting spon­sored goods in kind for the TSU “Adven­ture Time: The Return of the Rab­bits”, which starts this week­end. The Gold­en Times asked Jorge Sánchez Hernán­dez, Vik­to­ria Schwarz and Jan Philipp Rauprich from AEGEE-Dres­den about all the good­ies they got.

Dresden Smoothie
Jorge presents lots of smooth­ies!

GT: You will spoil your SU par­tic­i­pants with tons of fund-rais­ing good­ies. What did you get?
Jorge: We will try to spoil our par­tic­i­pants in the best way we can! At the end of the day, they’re try­ing to get Eldorab­bit back, and that needs lots of effort! Togeth­er with Philipp and Viki, we did the fundrais­ing for part in Dres­den. We got a very big list of fund-rais­ing items, I can list some of the most out­stand­ing stuff:
1120 bot­tles of Inno­cent Smooth­ies, 71 kilos of whole wheat bread, 60 per­son­al­ized T-shirts, over 20 kilos of dif­fer­ent cook­ies, 150 mues­li bars, 180 con­doms, 45 kilos of toma­toes, 20 liters of juice, 7 kilos of nuts and lots of oth­er food — all bio — we’re doing a green SU!

GT: In total, what val­ue does this rep­re­sent?
Jorge: We haven’t cal­cu­lat­ed it, but we esti­mate around 5000 Euros, of which maybe 4000 Euros are for the part in Dres­den.

GT: Was it hard to get all these things?
Viki: Well, we did a huge effort to col­lect names of the local com­pa­nies, to build a data­base of con­tacts and enter­pris­es… We had to start from zero because AEGEE-Dres­den is new, but in the end, get­ting the stuff was quite easy!

Dresden Rabbit SU
The fundrais­ing goods are for the SU of AEGEE-Dres­den, AEGEE-Berlin and AEGEE-Wro­claw

GT: How big was the suc­cess rate? Did you get many rejec­tions?
Jorge: We asked 133 com­pa­nies, 75 of them didn’t answer, 50 replied with a neg­a­tive answer, and 8 of those 133, want­ed to sup­port us — so, 6%.

GT: Can you tell us a fun­ny sto­ry about your fundrais­ing adven­tures?
Viki: We asked a com­pa­ny for 25 kilos of toma­toes, but they said they want to give us 45 kilos because they taste so well and we will run out soon­er as we think…
Jorge: We were sup­posed to get 2 kilos of nuts from Kluth, but when the pack­age arrived, it was 5 kilos more than we expect­ed!

GT: Among oth­ers, you got 1120 smooth­ies. Do you have a fridge big enough for them?
Jorge: Haha no, we don’t. We are stor­ing them in dif­fer­ent fridges from our mem­bers, the fridges in our office and the gym where we will be sleep­ing at in Dresden’s part. We are bring­ing two third of the total to Wro­claw and Berlin.

Dresden flag
AEGEE-Dres­den is a young branch, but very suc­cess­ful

GT: You got a huge amount of goods from the drug­store chain DM. How did you car­ry it home?
Jorge: Philipp, Doro — a friend from BEST Graz who was vis­it­ing me — and I went to DM with my car and picked every­thing up. It was real­ly a lot of stuff!

GT: Did you also get mon­ey or just sup­port in kind?
Philipp: To get mon­ey is real­ly hard in Ger­many and com­pa­nies are just will­ing to give sup­port with their prod­ucts.

GT: Fundrais­ing is a real art, but in AEGEE not many peo­ple have such suc­cess. Are there typ­i­cal mis­takes that many peo­ple make? And how can peo­ple avoid them? Do you have some dos and don’ts?
Jorge: We decid­ed to be clear with the enter­pris­es and in the first approach, we told them exact­ly what we want­ed from them, num­ber and name of prod­ucts.
Viki and Jorge: Dos: Plan ahead and send high qual­i­ty infor­ma­tion mate­r­i­al and let­ters to the com­pa­nies. Be clear and know what you’re talk­ing about. Seem pro­fes­sion­al, even if you’re not, and do not make spelling mis­takes in your emails or doc­u­ments. Thank the enter­pris­es after­wards — an email say­ing “Thanks” is not enough! We bring them per­son­al­ly a wood­en frame with a group pic­ture of our event and tell them how it went, and that it was thanks to them. We also post about them sup­port­ing us on our Face­book page and web­page — and also a post­card for Christ­mas is also a must from our side. Don’ts: Don’t Lie. Don’t lie, nev­er! If you get caught, you will destroy a pos­si­ble good rela­tion­ship with the com­pa­ny. And final advice: don’t be lazy — every­one can do fundrais­ing, just get to it!

Dresden DM
The drug­store chain DM gave AEGEE-Dres­den a lot!

GT: Jorge, did you go to fundrais­ing train­ings in AEGEE?
Jorge: No one from us went to any fundrais­ing train­ing in AEGEE, but I attend­ed one in a Region­al Meet­ing from BEST in Brno. The train­er was an old mem­ber from BEST, who had worked for big com­pa­nies like Heineken. He was real­ly good at fundrais­ing and he taught us some nice tips. Also I have learned a lot from BESTies, ask­ing them and see­ing how oth­er asso­ci­a­tions do fundrais­ing.

GT: So, Best is real­ly good at fundrais­ing train­ings? Can we use this knowl­edge to make our own fundrais­ing train­ings bet­ter?
Jorge: I guess that the best would be if the Acad­e­my and the pool of train­ers of BEST would col­lab­o­rate more often and even train each oth­er. I believe that we have a lot to learn from BEST, most­ly on fundrais­ing.

GT: One of AEGEE’s very first work­ing groups was a Fundrais­ing WG. Wouldn’t you like to estab­lish some­thing like this? AEGEE hasn’t been suc­cess­ful with its attempts to estab­lish such a body recent­ly…
Jorge: A body that helps the anten­nae and projects raise funds is indeed need­ed in AEGEE, but I do not have the time nor such a big knowl­edge to cre­ate a FRWG now… But who knows what the future’s got for us…

8 COMMENTS

  1. My dear Jorge, con­grat­u­la­tions for your FR efforts, indeed at the end is a mat­ter of time, ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion!! (I just miss there some choco­late! As we con­tin­ued hav­ing one more time in Zaragoza :P

    1) Last FRES orga­nized by the The Acad­e­my it was done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with BEST! Half of the train­ers were from BEST and the oth­er from AEGEE! Indeed it was a great event and I myl­self learnt a lot. Hope­ful­ly, it will be done this year!

    2) There is no need to cre­ate a FRWG/IG because we already have the CIRC — Cor­po­rate & Insti­tu­tion­al Rela­tions Com­mit­tee of AEGEE-Europe Its in my plan to make it use­ful (or much more) than it is now, and you are always wel­come. We have great ideas, we just need peo­ple. A way to learnt and devel­op your­self! Here an arti­cle
    http://www.zeus.aegee.org/magazine/2015/07/04/the-corporate-institutional-relations-committee-is-back-together-we-are-gonna-take-circ-sky-high-2/

    Any­way, con­grat­u­la­tions and I wish you a real­ly good TSU! :D

  2. My dear Jorge, con­grat­u­la­tions for your FR efforts, indeed at the end is a mat­ter of time, ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion!! (I just miss there some choco­late! As we con­tin­ued hav­ing one more time in Zaragoza :P

    1) Last FRES orga­nized by the The Acad­e­my it was done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with BEST! Half of the train­ers were from BEST and the oth­er from AEGEE! Indeed it was a great event and I myl­self learnt a lot. Hope­ful­ly, it will be done this year!

    2) There is no need to cre­ate a FRWG/IG because we already have the CIRC — Cor­po­rate & Insti­tu­tion­al Rela­tions Com­mit­tee of AEGEE-Europe Its in my plan to make it use­ful (or much more) than it is now, and you are always wel­come. We have great ideas, we just need peo­ple. A way to learnt and devel­op your­self! Here an arti­cle
    http://www.zeus.aegee.org/magazine/2015/07/04/the-corporate-institutional-relations-committee-is-back-together-we-are-gonna-take-circ-sky-high-2/

    Any­way, con­grat­u­la­tions and I wish you a real­ly good TSU! :D

  3. Hey Ander, thanks :D We did get sweets but not choco­late as we didn’t want to because it is incred­i­bly hot here :P

    1) About FRES, I wasn’t there. I wish I went there and could learn some­thing :D But I guess that 99% of the net­work also couldn’t go there. The prob­lem I see is that we don’t have any active body tak­ing care of show­ing AEGEEans how to raise funds.

    2) That would be won­der­ful :D I wish you lots of luck with CIRC :) The prob­lem is that such a thing can’t be done by one per­son. And I know you’re com­mit­ted and want to do it, but the CIRC hasn’t post­ed any­thing in their fb page since May…
    Is CIRC mak­ing any work­shop at the Ago­ra, or will be present at the fair? Maybe that would be a good idea to make peo­ple join? :)

  4. By the way, I just read the main aims and tasks from CIRC — Cor­po­rate & Insti­tu­tion­al Rela­tions Com­mit­tee of AEGEE-Europe;

    Main aims and tasks:
    Pro­vid­ing fund­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for AEGEE-Europe by devel­op­ing cor­po­rate part­ner­ships and by prepar­ing grant appli­ca­tions.

    No where it says that their aim is to help anten­nae raise funds or show them how to do it. I didn’t even know CIRC was active… It was always one of the bod­ies I didn’t know the full name of :/

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