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My family would like to purchase a church for a non-for-profit community center. Help on raising funds...?

OK, so my older sister found a few churches for sale in our area- the smaller one at $290,000 and the larger at $350,000 (we like this one better because of more parking space/building size). We would like to turn it into a center for everyone, that will provide lots of free services for the needy, work in conjunction with other not-for-profit organizations in the area, and also be a spiritual (though not specifically religious) center. I think this is a great cause. While we can get a mortgage and/or loans, our family is certainly not poor- our father (there are three daughters) is a wealthy businessowner. However, we don't have the money to just point-blank buy it, because our father may not be willing to invest. This is a lot of money. How might we get some help in paying? Possibly community fundraisers? I mean, if we begin an official organization, we can raise money and get donations and partnerships... any other ideas or similar stories? We are in Rochester, NY.

Asked By: Kat - 3/7/2007
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Its a great idea, but sounds like you may need to consider other operating costs first such as insurance, maintenance, staffing, etc. Id suggest coming up with a business plan like any small business, thats really what you are, although not generating a profit, but you have to make enough money to cover your costs... More
Answered By: lindailarson - 3/7/2007
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If you are planning to start a nonprofit organization that can be a tax-exempt (501c) organization, there are all kinds of funding that you can get. There are grants, corporate sponsors and fundraising campaigns. e-mail me for more information. We are a 501c3
Answered By: Living Truth - 3/7/2007
 
Before you try bake sales and the like, try a Professional Wrestling Show.Why, because Professional Wrestling draws more than all other sports combined! You can get an Independent Promotion.You can also reach Promoter R. Brooks at wrestlerdtb@hotmail.com and he can help get your Professional Wrestling fundraiser going.
Answered By: Mickey F - 3/7/2007
 
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