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Raffle for The Perl Foundation?by pjf (Curate)
|on Nov 14, 2002 at 00:10 UTC||Need Help??|
Last night Melbourne Perl Mongers was blessed by TheDamian's presence. Damian gave an insightful and inspiring talk into What's New in Perl 6. During the evening refreshments were served, and to help pay for the refreshments a small raffle was held.
First prize in the raffle was a copy of Object Oriented Perl, to be signed by TheDamian himself. The winner of the raffle ended up being yours truly. Rather than hording the prize, I discussed with Damian the possibility of insteading auctioning or raffling the book on a larger scale, with the proceeds to be donated to The Perl Foundation (TPF).
The conversation was late at night, and after Damian had presented a five hour talk, but I'm sure there was a public declaration that the winner could request Damian to write anything the winner wanted inside the cover of the book. I'm hoping that will help increase its value further.
So, why this node? Well, I'm interested in everyone's suggestions as to the best way to run with this. I suspect that a raffle is better than an auction, as an auction is usually capped at the price of the winning bid, whereas a raffle is not.
For me, the ideal running of the raffle would be in close co-ordination with TPF. If TPF accepts all the payments, then we know the money is going where it's supposed to, and any thorny tax or other issues can be avoided. I'm hoping the raffle ticket purchases could be as simple as a checkbox on the donation form. No, I haven't spoken to anyone at TPF about this yet.
I imagine the hardest step of the process will not be the technical side of the raffle, but rather the publicity side. Running a raffle that nobody is aware of will not be a great success. Running a raffle which receives a lot of publicity will almost certainly raise a lot of funding. Being mentioned at various Perl Mongers meetings, having links on websites, and any other publicity is obviously a Good Thing.
So, having explained the situation, I'd like to ask for suggestions, ideas, and comments. If this happens to get too big for a perlmonks node, then I'm happy to establish a mailing list and other services for the project.