Sharing Saturday: How to find a lost cemetery using sensory equiment

Today’s Sharing Saturday post comes from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and highlights how an old cemetery was located using sensor equipment. Very cool stuff.

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Gonna be bright, bright, sunshiny day

 

A serene view

A serene view

Celebrating sunshine, flowers, and green, green grass. Such a nice change from all that ice and snow, eh?

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Defraying event costs, aka, finding sponsors

Courtesy Mike McDonald*

Courtesy Mike McDonald*

This final post on cemetery fundraising focuses on something that’s all too often overlooked in event planning—getting sponsors.

If your association or society loves the idea of raising money but is hesitant about some of the upfront costs, ask local businesses to step in as a sponsor. They get to write off the expense as a charitable donation to a worthy cause (as long as you are a viable 501(c)(3)), and you get help minimizing the event expenses.

Here are some possible sponsor ideas to kick around:

  1. If you’re hosting an athletic event, ask the local grocery store to donate bottles of water or Gatorade.
  2. Ask local high school/college coaches to help out with keeping time or refereeing.
  3. Athletes also need numbered bibs for the competitors so see if the local printer might donate these, and then check with the local arts and crafts store about donating some snazzy pins.
  4. Need space? Perhaps the local VFW would donate the use of their hall and tables if you’re hosting a chess or bingo tournament.
  5. Event insurance coverage is another biggie so check with your local financial and insurance planners to see if either one or a combination of businesses might chip in to cover the costs.
  6. Clean up crew. Yes, after the fun ends and everyone goes home, the trash is always left behind. Why not get a sponsor to help pay for the cleanup?

And on that note, don’t forget to let everyone know how much you appreciate your sponsors. Sure they’re getting a tax write-off, but it’s still cash they could be spending on their business.

 

 

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Vietnam Veteran Interment Ceremony

 

 

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Flags In ceremony

 

In honor of Memorial Day, here’s a video of the Flags In ceremony that takes place a few days before weekend’s main ceremony. The flags are placed in the order in which the wars happened.

The large tomb is the WW1 tomb. On the right is WW2, on the left Korea, and the center was where the Unknown from Vietnam was interred.

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Sharing Saturday: What it takes to guard the tomb

 

I thought I’d do something a little different for this week’s Sharing Saturday post. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become one of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, well here you go.

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Even small projects can reap a windfall

Ravensdale Cemetery

Let’s say you’re not quite ready to plunge into the logistical challenges involved with putting on a James Bond gambling night or mini-marathon road race. Perhaps you just want to test the fundraising waters by just getting enough money to host a restoration workshop or to hire some goats for weed clearing.

But aside from putting out the coffee can at the local grocery store and diner, how else can you get the change rolling in?

Let’s face it. Most of us don’t carry a lot of cash around anymore but we do like giving for a good cause, especially when it’s for a community effort. So why not tap the local group of high school programming geeks to design a fundraising app? Check out the following sites—you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to set one up.

  1. Indiegogo
  2. GoFundMe
  3. Kickstarter

Using an app means smartphone owners (that would be a LOT of us) can make a quick $5, $10, or bigger donation by just a fast tap to the screen.  The donor gets immediate satisfaction of having done something good for a local cause and the cash flows safely through Paypal and gets directly deposited to the association’s 501(c)(3) bank account.

Once the app’s set up, you can link it to the society’s webpage, email it to friends and family, put it on flyers around town, hype it up at the local festivals (just think of all the people coming to the Memorial Day and 4th of July events you can reach out to with this!) and yes, don’t forget to contact the local papers to help you get the word out to an even bigger group.

Oh, and for the students who designed the app? They win too because they can spotlight this as a plus on their college application—especially if the app was successful in raising a good chunk of money for charity.

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