Because of the first two aspects, churches can raise much larger amounts of money with their Wishing Wells than store placements. The current one-day record for a small church is in Canyonville Oregon where they raised $7,532 on a Sunday for a grand piano. A large church (2,000 attendance pictured above) raised $40,979 in one day. We describe how they did that in our church strategy suggestions and other documents. (This link opens in a separate browser so you don't lose your place on this page.)
For example, one of the suggestions for a planned event is that a church can invite its members to, "Bring all the loose change from your home next Sunday." The average home in America has over $50 worth of coins, most of it usually on Dad's dresser! But children also can get involved hunting for coins in seat cushions and the laundry room. We provide several other suggestions in our strategy page linked above.
The Church Loan Option takes the disadvantage mentioned above and turns it into a huge positive. Whether your church has 50 members, or 5,000 members, this option will be great for you.
You can loan your Well to other churches, schools, charities, and fund-raising events in your city WITH YOUR NAME ON IT as illustrated in the pictures on this page.
This is a great way to tell your community that you are involved, and to invite them to visit your church. And by not having it in your foyer every week, it keeps it fresher for your members and families.
Schools will want it for their athletic events, other churches will want to use it for their special fund raising projects, and all other charities and organizations in town will use it for their events. These include mainstream charities like Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA's, United Way, Humane Societies, etc.; and also libraries, civic events in the town square; service clubs like Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis; and corporate events. These are all great places for your church's name and invitation to be seen.
Referrals: We receive requests from around the world on a regular basis from charities that just want to use a Well for a day or a weekend. But because of the shipping costs, it is impractical for us to do that. We would love to be able to refer inquiries from your area to you. You can either loan your Well free, or for a rental split of the revenue. While getting additional income from a rental split has its advantages, loaning it free is an even better way to get your church's name and invitation out in the community. In that way, it will be a very effective outreach ministry.
When you loan your Well, it is usually to a one-day or weekend event. These events are always heavily promoted and often include media coverage. The borrowing charity will gladly and publicly thank your church for the Well with their microphone and in their written programs, so it is a lot more than just the "Provided by" sign on the Well. Simply stated, there is no other way to get so much exposure on a year-round basis for such a small one-time cost.
As an outreach ministry, a single volunteer can easily handle the loan process for your church.
Cost and Grants
We NEVER receive any splits or portion of the coin revenue. 100% of the funds raised go to the church, charity, or project listed on the sign above the Well (which is easy to change as needed...it just slips in under the plastic). The commercial cost of Two and Three-Footers is $1,995 plus $100 for color. Seven-Footers are $6,995 plus $200 for color, but too large for most churches and not as portable for the loan option. Most churches get Three-Footers.
Although the formal Project Kindness Grant Program has ended, since they still have some money in their fund, we have asked them if they will continue to provide the grants for churches until the fund is completely depleted. They have agreed. So if you want one or more Wells for your church, we can still get the grants for you, at least for a while. They are paying $500 grants toward the purchase of Two and Three-Footers (which makes your share $1,495 plus $100 for color), and $1,000 for Seven-Footers (which makes your share $5,995 plus $200 for color). The grant is paid up front, so you don’t have to wait for it. It is as simple as entering the $500 deduction on the order form linked below.
Personal or Family Sponsorships
Most churches ask a member or family to sponsor the remaining share of the cost (after the grant is deducted), and suggest that the sponsoring family do so in honor of, or in memory of a person in the church that has been a leader and positive influence. It is always easier to ask someone to donate money for a specific item than a general fund, especially when that item will multiply that donation to many times its original size.
Please click here or on the picture to the right to see a a close-up of the brass-like sticker, loan sticker, and round "Provided by" sign.
Click here to see a 1-page template that you can send or hand to prospective sponsors. This is the FASTEST way to get an individual or family sponsor. Some organizations have gotten a sponsor within an hour of sending this out!
Some of your members might want to sponsor a Well and place it in a store or restaurant in their own neighborhood with the church's "Provided by" message. All chain stores raise money for a preferred charity such as the Well at the Lowes store below that is raising money for Habitat for Humanity. These stores will gladly host a Well at no cost to them. This strategy makes a great project for families, gets their children involved in service, and significantly expands the church's presence in the community.
We encourage you to adapt the Wells to a "theme" or "campaign name". Some churches call their devices, "Wells of Hope." Another church came up with a slogan, "Coins for Christ," and another "Help spread the Word around and around and around the world!" as a catchy reference to the spiraling coins. Another uses their Well to raise money for their church bus and their theme is, "Help keep the wheels on our bus rolling and rolling and rolling!" Your creativity is the only limit!
While all churches and non-profit organizations are affected by the struggling economy, Spiral Wishing Wells continue to thrive around the world as they attract coins and put smiles on people's faces. One or more Spiral Wishing Wells will help your church:
In addition to funding your missions and other projects, one of the major challenges for churches is developing an active presence in their community...to be known beyond their own membership. The Loan Option not only accomplishes that goal, it can increase visitors and have a direct impact on attendance and membership very quickly.
We can't send Wells out free, but they can be basically free to the church with a Project Kindness Grant that covers a large portion of the cost, and the remainder either sponsored by a family or paid off quickly from the coin revenue.
If we haven't just corresponded, please contact me by email or give me a phone call to ask if Project Kindness still has money in their grant fund. Please let me know that you have read, "The Church Program Page." Then all you need to do is fax in the Church Order Form (PDF) and we will ship your Well immediately so you can start receiving revenue and getting positive exposure in your community.
Direct Telephone: 1-937-937-5863
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