Funds Needed to Fight the Good Fight
Most of the funds citizens raise to protect
neighborhoods and the environment from development impacts comes from those
directly affected by the project, not foundations or other institutions.
CEDS has perfected a quick, highly effective approach for raising the funds
essential to preserving quality of life.
How does $3,000 to $30,000 in one night
And the approach costs almost nothing,
which means that all the proceeds go to neighborhood and environmental
defense. Plus, the fundraiser can take place within three- to
four-weeks of when you make the decision to create a quality of life
The approach is built around a community
meeting. The meeting has a 45-minute agenda with five topics:
How the project may affect those
attending the meeting;
Your strategy for preventing project
Why the strategy has a good chance of
How much it will cost to carry out the
How much you need each meeting attendee
to contribute so you can preserve their quality of life.
You control the meeting. The
applicant, government officials, and others only get a place on the agenda
if you chose to grant it, though usually it's best no to.
The folks invited to the meeting are all
those potentially impacted by the project, which includes nearby residents
as well as:
those who drive roads that may become
more congested because of the project;
parents of children who attend schools
that may become overcrowded because of the project;
those whose viewshed or night-sky view
would be affected;
downstream residents who may be harmed
by floodwaters or water quality impacts;
those who cherish the forests and other
natural resources threatened by the project; and
those affected by a long list of other
The community meeting can be designed
for a dozen attendees in your living room on up to 500 in a fire hall or
school auditorium. We've found a flyer to be the best way of getting
the word out about the meeting with a follow-up phone call to those most
directly impacted by a project. A sample flyer and other community
meeting materials can be found on our
The cheapest and quickest way to distribute
the flyer is usually to have a couple of volunteers handing them out at a
traffic light during morning rush-hour. If you pick the right light
then you reach most of the impact-zone residents in a single two-hour
period. Of course, verify that this is legal in your area and
volunteers must follow safety precautions.
CEDS offers a service called an
Initial Strategy Analysis.
A part of the analysis includes providing our clients
with the support needed to conduct a fundraiser-community meeting. For
further detail on this service click the following webpage title:
For further fundraising assistance
contact CEDS at 410-654-3021 or
Our advice is always available free to citizen advocates by phone.