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Re: [Computerbank] Fundraising

Hi Penni,

I think you should be open to approach both government and private sector
for fundraising. When drawing up your plan of attack you should rank each
opportunity and then attack them in that order. I would see this as a
continuous process throughout the year. You mention the idea of raising this
through holding a number of discrete functions, this is something I hadn't
thought about, can you explain more.

I did speak with our contacts here from the department of Families etc. One
point that they did make was that it is important to be able to clearly
articulate your service and the outcomes. Do this and you are more likely to
be successful in obtaining funding.

Our fundraisers her are in the process of putting together a operational
plan. I will send you a copy when we have something to show. Hopefully this
will be compete in 1-2 weeks. They have also mentioned that they want to
coordinate with the national body so that we don't double up.

You mention the option of selling our skills. This is a topic that came up
in meetings with some other groups who were looking at developing a self
sustaining business model. One example that you could look at is the Green
PC program run by InfoXchange. My understanding is that they employ
approximately 20 people to run the operation. The project costs are covered
by selling some portion of the stock, the remainder being given away to
needy people or projects. While we did not pursue this idea in any depth, we
thought that this model would be inappropriate for Computerbank Queensland
at this time. We did not make any decision as to if we would/wouldn't move
to this model at some point in the future. Maybe this is something the
national body needs to think about ?

Tony Joblin, President
Computerbank Queensland
07 3371 1311 (working hours)

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