Welcome to 2019, a year that will continue the successes we have all collectively achieved recently.
As CEO of the IAVM Foundation, we thought it important to get the new year started with a brief recap of what the capable Board of Trustees have been up to and their fund-raising strategies for the coming year.
We finished 2019 with a successful program of offering CFP Semi Finals Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic tickets to our members and the general public. We surpassed our goal of $6,000 and generated approximately $7,600 in funds for the Foundation.
The Foundation strategic plan is broken into four initiatives, and I want to focus this letter on one of those initiatives. Our Fundraising Initiative of Venues donating has begun, and with a quick start, has raised $20,000 in less than two months work. The goal to reach prior to the end of the current Fiscal Year (March 31, 2019) is $60,000.
Most of our venues have a budget for community investment; for example, purchasing fund raising banquets, sponsoring golf events, social clubs such as ROTARY, Kiwanis, etc. These donations are a sponsorship and raise funds for our young professionals, students, and IAVM professional development, which pays big dividends to the individual and the venue they work in, while creating a strong organization in the community they and the venue serve.
Many of our professionals have been positively affected by the IAVM programs including Venue Management School, Venue Data Source, Diversity Leadership, 30|UNDER|30, UpStart, AVSS, SES, along with scholarships, internships, and Grants to attend important and relative professional development programs.
Thank you to all who have donated, especially those who make recurring donations, you are making our industry stronger and paving the way for inclusiveness for the Association.
Brad Mayne, CVE
IAVM, President & CEO