Service Club Programs
Editor's Note: We have a special program designed specifically for service clubs that is described on this page. This middle column lists the prices and provides many tools and strategies SPECIFICALLY for Service Clubs. We recommend that you bookmark this page to your Favorites for easy access. If you click on the links in the side columns, it will take you to the general website pages, so we don't recommend that until you have read this page. The special Service Club information is all contained in this middle column. All the links in this middle column open in a separate browser so you won't lose your place on this page.
Steve Divnick, Inventor and Manufacturer
The "Service Club Spiral Wishing Well Program" will help your Club accomplish several goals:
Spiral Wishing Wells have raised over $200 million for various clubs and organizations around the world. They are the most powerful fund raising device of all time, and they do it effortlessly. People love to toss coins in and watch them spin around in circles, faster and faster until they are a blur of speed as they descend the nearly vertical walls without falling over. It is all based on simple physics, and it attracts coins from people of all ages.
Who owns the Wells?
Your Service Club owns and controls the Wells. We do not receive any portion of the income, and Project Kindness has no restrictions on their use.
What is the "Service Club Spiral Wishing Well Program"?
The goal of the Service Club Spiral Wishing Well Program is for each Service Club to begin with at least two Wells used in the following way:
The first Well is placed in a fixed location such as a shopping mall, a Wal-Mart, a library, restaurant, bowling center, theater, or places like the locations pictured on this page. The coin revenue goes to your project, the store's designated charity, or is split between the two, as described more fully below.
Of course, your Service Club name and phone number is prominently displayed on the Well for great exposure. It is a FANTASTIC way to get the Service Club name out there, and something to reference when inviting new people to join your Club. More about the sign below...
The second Well is to loan out to local fund raising events during the week and on weekends for a split of the coin revenue, and great exposure. Local fund raising events include church campaigns, school events such as performances and athletic games, and many other local charity fund raising activities that are held in shopping malls and other large venues.
In addition to churches and schools, the number of local charities needing a Well for a day or a weekend is almost unlimited. Examples include Boys and Girls Club, Boy and Girl Scouts, Salvation Army, United Way, Humane Society, Habitat For Humanity, Lung Association, Muscular Dystrophy, American Heart Association, YMCA's, and many others. If you loan them a Well, your "Provided by Service Club" sign will be in front of hundreds and thousands of people in your community.
These type of events often have media coverage, someone at a microphone, and printed programs...all of which can include specific mention of your club as the provider of the Well.
Fund raising events like this usually raise HUGE amounts of money because the events are pre-promoted and people bring all the loose coins that have been collecting in their home. They will gladly give you half the coin revenue if you loan them the Well. While the one-day record is over $7,000 in a school gymnasium (wouldn't it have been great if that had been your Well!!!), there are many examples of $1,000 or more at one-day or weekend events. So it is possible for your share to be very high.
The Well you loan out raises easy money. The church, school, or charity picks it up from you, brings it back, and hands you a check for your half! It doesn't get any easier than that. We even provide a ready-made Rental Agreement that includes ways they can maximize their income...which increases your share.
Better than Advertising: Having your Service Club logo and your club's name on Wishing Wells is better than all other forms of advertising such as radio and television ads that vaporizes into thin air when it is aired, or print ads that are tossed out with the trash. People spend several minutes at your Well, smiling and laughing as they drop in coins and read your message and invitation.
Get Listed! As a result of our rental page, we receive thousands of requests from cities across the country to rent a Well for their fund raising event. If you get a Well for this purpose, WE WILL SEND THOSE INQUIRIES FROM YOUR AREA TO YOU. We also supply you with tools that help you let your community know that you have a Well that is available for fund raising events. Your Well will also have a little sign on the rim that lets people know they can rent your Well for their fund raising event. So every time it is used, people from other churches, schools, and charities will see it and call you to arrange to rent it.
PRESS RELEASE: Click here to see suggested wording for a press release to your local media (television, radio, newspaper, etc.) announcing that your service club, "...has a Spiral Wishing Well to loan out to local charities, churches, and schools for fund raising events..." That will kick off your exposure and start the requests coming in.
By using the second Well this way, you can easily have your Service Club Spiral Wishing Well in prominent locations every weekend and many weekday evenings, especially high school sporting events. The advertising and recruiting value will be extraordinary.
Fundraising Fatigue and "The best kept secret"
We have been hearing two common things from Service Clubs:
How many Wells should you place in your area?
The answer depends on your goals. We encourage you to start with two and see how easy they are to place, and how much money they bring in. Armed with some experience, you can decide how many you would like to place in your community.
In terms of the capacity, for a population base of 10,000 there are usually 5 to 10 "prime" locations such as a Wal-Mart or other general store, 2 or 3 grocery stores, a library, and some restaurants. Therefore, a population area of 100,000 will have at least 50 to 100 prime locations. We are not expecting Service Clubs to place Wells in all these locations, but placing 1 Well in a fixed location and renting another one out to churches, schools, and charities will be a quick and easy way to get started in any size community.
How to raise $10 million
If you want to penetrate all of your area with an effective form of exclusivity, that is certainly within your reach. A little known organization in Lincoln Nebraska by the name of "Christian Record Services" started with three Wells and kept reinvesting the income in more and more Wells until they had several hundred of them in Lincoln and in stores up and down the Mid-West raising money to send blind children to summer camp. In fact, they got those placements because they were willing to split the revenue with the store's preferred charity. They raised over $10 million in 6 years and nearly EVERYONE in that region learned who they were. While the $10 million was fantastic, the exposure and long-term impact has also been a great benefit.
Christian Record Services became one of the best-known, most active organizations in Lincoln because they placed Wells almost everywhere. The media featured stories about them a number of times, and people have learned about their service to the blind which has attracted other donors and volunteers. If you want that kind of exposure for your Service Club, it can start with just a couple of Wells.
Many of the best long-term locations are part of a large chain and they already have a preferred corporate charity. Will they let you place a Well? Yes!
All you have to do is offer to list their charity as the recipient on the sign above the Well, and "split" the revenue since you are providing the Well at no cost to them. That is how the blind service organization in Lincoln Nebraska raised over $10 million for blind summer camp programs. They split the coin revenue with stores.
Half the revenue in a large chain store like Wal-Mart or McDonalds can be greater than 100% of the income in a smaller location. And of course, your Service Club still gets the public and media exposure as the sponsor because your "Provided by" sign is on the bottom of the Wells!
Click here to see a complete word-for-word strategy about how to approach large corporate chain stores and restaurants with a revenue-sharing program. PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH OR CONTACT ANY LOCATIONS BEFORE READING THIS STRATEGY.
Bonus Mini-Well Vortx Toy Bank Income
In addition to coin revenue in the large Wells, you can raise additional revenue by giving away the small Vortx Toy Banks “FREE for a $25 or greater donation” at various events such as pancake breakfasts, bingo, festivals, fairs, school events, church events, etc. In other words, any time you are there with your large Wishing Well, you can offer the toys so they can "Take the fun home with you."
Kids love these interactive toys, and parents like the fact that they encourage saving money. So they are great birthday and Christmas gifts. They are also great for “show and tell,” and that happens every day in school as opposed to once-a-year birthdays. The large Spiral Wishing Wells attract attention, and you can offer the toys right there on the spot.
If you have two of the floor-model Wells, you qualify for our lowest cost for the Vortx's which is $11 each in case quantities (25 per case). If you have one floor model Well, the toy cost is $15 each.
So you can earn up to $14 with every "donation". The offer to give them away free for a donation is a LOT better than "selling" them because people will take more than one, and they will often give you more than $25 each and will not ask for change.
When you loan a Spiral Wishing Well to churches, schools, and other weekend fund raising events, encourage them to do the same thing... "give away Vortx Toy Banks for a $25 or more donation" as a way to increase their income. And you can supply the Vortx's to them for $15 and earn $4 each with no effort of your own. Click here to read more about this extraordinary bonus income.
FREE SHIPPING: We can fit up to 25 Vortx's into the open spaces of the cartons that contain the Three-Footers at NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST. So if you want to get some toys to experiment with this bonus income, you can order as many as you want (up to 25) along with your Wells without any shipping cost. (This option is on the order form.) Shipping is normally $25 to $30 per case to most locations in the Continental USA.
Club Decision Making
We understand that clubs are cautious by nature, and that it is often difficult to get a committee to make a decision. That is the way it should be...to be careful about spending money. So most of the Service Club orders we receive are by individual members who tell us that they are speeding up the process, and will let their club reimburse them with a portion of the proceeds, or they might just donate the Wells to the club. So if you are ordering individually, you can still get the special Grants, even if you pay for the Wells with a personal check. But you must use the official Non-Profit Order Form.
Prices and Ordering
Prices for Wells include everything you need to place them immediately into service including the generic sign poster and clear sign frame on the top so you can slip any name under the "Proceeds go to" section and change it as often as you wish, the coin ramps, funnel, base, a padlock and 2 keys. The round Service Club signs and rim stickers are optional and extra, but highly recommended. We explain more about the Service Club signs a little farther below in this section.
You will own the Wells and the income they produce. We NEVER receive any portion of the ongoing income.
Best Size For You
The Three-Footer model (diameter) is best for larger floor spaces such as Wal-Marts and libraries, and to loan out for local fund raising events. The Two-Footer is primarily for smaller floor-space areas such as restaurants and convenience stores. The Seven-Footer is for shopping malls and other large floor space areas. It raises the most money and gets the most exposure, but because of its much higher cost, we don't recommend that you begin with it. After you experience the income from the smaller Wells, we definitely recommend that you lock up your local shopping mall with a Seven-Footer. This will provide great income and exposure for many years to come.
Unless you have specific small floor-space locations already lined up, we recommend that you begin with 2 Three-Footers. At 30 pounds, they are easy to haul in a car, mini-van, or SUV. After you set it up, we recommend that you place some zip-lock bags with sand or gravel inside the base for greater stability, although most people don't actually do that. (The Seven-Footer requires a pick-up or other similar vehicle.)
Shipping and handling in the Continental United States for one 3' Well (2 oversized cartons) shipped to a business address is usually $65 to $95 depending on your state and proximity to major routes. Because we can nest the parts, multiple Wells are usually only about $25 more per Well. We will quote shipping to other countries, but cannot predict or quote import fees that may be levied in your country.
Shipping to residential addresses is up to $40 more because they have to send a special smaller truck. So if you have the option of shipping to a business address, you can save that extra fee. When you are ready to place an order, please contact us by email with your shipping address or call us (1-937-384-0003) and we will get a firm quote from our shipper that you can enter on the order form (linked below).
The standard color is a white funnel. You can order any of our special colors for $100 more per Well. Most service clubs are getting colors, but white looks great too. The primary purpose of getting a color is to have it "jump out" of the surroundings so people are attracted to it visually. Therefore, the most popular colors are the bright yellow, lime green, orange, and red. We try to keep white Wells in stock for immediate shipping, but colors can take up to two weeks. Click here to read more about colors.
Click here for a printable PDF order form. This form includes all the necessary information to place your order. Please call 937-384-0003 (Eastern) or send an email to make sure the ProjectKindness.org grants are still available and to confirm the current available inventory or lead time and exact shipping cost. When you fill out the form, you can fax it to us and we will process your order immediately.
It is our privilege to offer the following fund raising solutions.
We encourage you to review our entire website to get a broader feel of how the Spiral Wishing Wells have raised so much money over the years. For general review, we suggest you begin with the home page, which will open in a separate browser window so you don't lose this page, then click on whichever links you choose from the upper left navigation frame. We particularly encourage you to review the success stories and public programs such as museums and zoos.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help you get the most out of your Wells, to raise the greatest amounts possible, and to increase your membership. Click here for an email contact form, or call Steve Divnick directly at 1-937-384-0003 (Eastern).
When you are ready to order, click here for a printable order form (PDF).
We look forward to serving you.
This section is a summary of the links provided above. Our goal is to provide the best ways to maximize your income. As we receive reports from other clubs, we will continue to update this page. So please check back often.
Rental Agreement: This is suggested wording to use when you rent your Well to other charities and fund raising events. You will notice that it includes suggestions for how they can maximize their income. So this document is designed to give to prospective renters, and it will help convince them to rent your Well.
How to maximize attended events. This information tells you how the little school in Canyonville Oregon set the current one day record of $7,352. 39. This information will help you MAXIMIZE your initial income and completely pay for your Well and a whole lot more at a single kick-off event. It takes a little planning and promotion, but is well worth it. A link to this page is included in the Rental Agreement so it will help the groups to which you rent your Well to gain confidence and to maximize their income...which of course increases your share too. You will see what we mean as you review this page.
Click here to see a complete word-for-word strategy about how to approach large corporate chain stores and restaurants with a revenue-sharing program. PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH OR CONTACT ANY LOCATIONS BEFORE READING THIS STRATEGY