October 2017 – Minutes


October 5, 2017

Present were: Lori, Don and Wendy.

Guest – Chris Quaka, Director, Benton Community Foundation

The meeting was called to order by Lori at 2:05pm.

Minutes and Treasurer’s report were tabled due to lack of Quorum. Although, Don noted total donations of $1,025.


Chris Quaka gave an energizing presentation on the BCF and successful fundraising.  He distributed a pamphlet to the group which included his business card, a letter from the Chair of BCF, a Save the Date for the 65 years event in March 2018 and an information flyer.

He also touched on the following:

  • He has a 90 minute Fund Development Plan he would share which includes fundraising by word of mouth and relationships.
  • Major fundraising season is Mid-September to first of May.
  • “Friendraiser Party” a more intimate fundraiser for a small group in your home.
  • He noted Facebook provides legitimacy and not necessarily dollars.
  • Share the experiences rather than ask for money.
  • How are we going to promote this gift after we receive it?
  • He expressed how we are the “silent partner” to the groups that receive our grants.
  • We have good stories and photos and need to share them.

Mr. Quaka will return for our November meeting with a 45 minute presentation in regards to Media Market fundraising, role of Board in fundraising and working with current donors.

Nominating Committee:  Kathy, Jan and Chenowith were selected.

Lori has requested that each Board Member return to the November 2nd meeting with 2-3 names of potential new Board Members.

Meeting adjourned at 3:20pm

Respectfully submitted,
Wendy Parker