[Fundraising] Re: [VisCom] Shirts and CafePress

Gary Lang gary.lang at autodesk.com
Mon Aug 21 23:51:40 EDT 2006

Makes sense to me. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave McIlhagga (External) 
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 6:20 AM
To: dev at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org
Cc: fundraising at fundraising.osgeo.org
Subject: [Fundraising] Re: [VisCom] Shirts and CafePress

Hi Michael,

Great work on this. I'll just speak on the Fundraising component:

1. Land's end shirts for members only is a great idea - we can charge a
chunk more and gives an extra priviledge for becoming a member.

2. How about a $5 OSGeo surcharge on all items? It's not a lot, but
let's us tell people that purchasing includes a contribution to OSGeo
which is a feel good thing for people. If anything, I think it might
encourage more purchases rather than discouraging them.


Michael P. Gerlek wrote:

> I have embraced the "Don't ask, just do!" model -- to wit, check this
> out:
>     http://www.cafepress.com/OSGeo
> So, I would like to make the following proposal for the selling shirts

> &
> stuff:
> * CafePress will be used to sell shirts and other stuff directly to 
> members
>   - shirts, bumper stickers, teddy bears, what have you
>   - quality is "good" but not "great"
>   - profits go directly to foundation
>   - we don't need to handle payments, returns, shipping, etc
> * Lands' End will be used for bulk orders of "really nice" shirts
>   - to give to volunteers at shows
>   - for VIP give-aways at shows
>   - shipping would go directly to show venue (or mpg/LizardTech, if 
> need
> be)
>   - VisCom will manage these orders directly
> Three specific issues need resolution:
>   - I'd like to get some help tweaking the "store front" design 
> (someone with a
>     sense of style)
>   - I'd like some suggestions on pricing (how much do we want to
>   - I need to coordinate with Treasurer Gary in arranging accounts and

> such
> Also, we might have some discussion about how this direct-sale process

> affects the idea of "contribute $X to become a Foundation sponsor, and

> get a free shirt".  (I'd suggest the shirt-for-membership idea is a 
> good one, and we use the "really nice, super-exclusive" Lands End 
> shirts for this purpose.)
> All that being said, the CafePress site is technically live right now 
> and ready to roll.  If we advertised it tomorrow, orders would start 
> to appear.
> -mpg
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