INFORMATION ON RAISING FUNDS
talking to teachers and librarians at various conferences around
the country, I've heard some interesting suggestions as to how
to obtain funds to support author visits and thought I'd share
them with you.
librarian suggested getting local community support. For example,
prepare a flyer about the author visit and include the names of
the organizations supporting your efforts. Organizations and people
you might consider approaching for funds:
Local politicians :
Politicians always talk about how serious they are about education.
Why not try to get them to put their money where their mouths
are. It might sound a little intimidating, but local politicians
are always looking for ways to make themselves look good in the
eyes of voters. Sponsoring an author event, especially an author
event that has community ties with local businesses, can make
politicians look good. So don't be afraid to approach them --
especially if it's an election year!
Local banks :
Many banks have outreach programs to give back to the community.
Someone even suggested that they are legally bound to give back
to the community, so although laws change, it still seems pretty
worthwhile to track down the right person at your local bank to
discuss sponsorship of an educational event.
National Homeschool Network
: One teacher told
me she was able to obtain support and information from her local
homeschool network, and I've learned there are national homeschool
networks that might help. Just google National Homeschool Network.
Here are a few websites I found myself that might be
, http://www.nhen.org/ ,
, and http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/8579/chsna.html
Evening Events for Adults
: You might want to
consider scheduling the author or artist to talk at an evening
event for parents, teachers, librarians, and other interested
adults and sell tickets to the program.
Book Sales :
Most publishers and distributors offer a discount off the books
you purchase for author appearances. Many schools pass on this
discount to their students, but others charge full price and use
the different to help defray some of the costs. Another thing
to keep in mind is that you can limit book returns for an author
scheduled in your school by having parents preorder the books.
The less books you have to return, the lower your shipping costs.
are just a few suggestions I've picked up in my travels, but my
journey is far from over, so as I get other suggestions from other
enterprising teachers and librarians, I'll share them here, so
be sure to return to this page from time to time.
always, thanks for your interest, time and consideration.