Cult Fundraising EventsHat Write Up






This is my hat write-up for holding building fundraising events and a write-up especially of the hat for Event Fundraiser --- the person that gets up in front of the crowd and directs the fundraising of the event. It is being written as advice, per HCO PL 22 September 1970 HATS Item C. of HAT CONTENT.

I am not trying to write-up how to raise funds for a new building. That is very well covered in issues by International Management and anyone involved with building fundraising should get a copy of INT RESERVES ED 725 ORG BUILDING FUNDRAISING PROGRAM and INT RESERVES ED 726 HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY PURCHASE AND RENOVATE YOUR ORG. Our successful actions in San Francisco to raise funds to purchase a new org building were based on these EDs and on LRH references.

A brief word on our San Francisco fundraising statistics: We started our fundraising activities in May of 2001. As of 15 February 2003 we have raised $1,200,000 strictly from donations. Of this $1.2 million, we raised over half of it in the last 5 months. Once we hooked up with the Sea Organization New Civilization Builders International in the fall of 2002, our donation numbers really took off into a whole new range. With the experience, drive, and organizational abilities of the New Civilization Builders directly on our lines we went into Affluence. There is a fundraiser hat-pack that has been assembled and is available from your Continental Fundraiser Chief and I strongly suggest you get it, read it, and apply it.

Before getting into the actual nuts & bolts of putting on a building fundraiser event I want to compare the two different types of fundraisers that we have done, which type I consider more successful and why.

The two types of fundraisers we have done break down fundamentally into:
A) Auctions
B) Inspirational (what I call “IAS style”) dinner/fundraisers

We found the second category, the “IAS style” fundraisers, much more successful. There are a number of reasons. First, auctions involve MEST and MEST is a problem. It has to be donated, it has to be collected, it has to be auctioned off, and the persons getting auctioned items have to take them home. Our first big fundraiser was an auction. It took two months to prepare, with massive collections & transportation logistics. It was a lot of fun and we raised $25,000, which to us was a lot in the early days, but it also took two months to collect the money. By comparison, inspirational “IAS style” fundraisers surpass auction fundraising in money raised, with a fraction of the effort in preparations.

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We did do a total of three auctions, but the second and third we auctioned LRH special fiction and non-fiction properties. These auctions were much easier to put on and we did raise a total of $44,000 from a donated collection, but we still had to transport the items, display them, auction them, and distribute them. I’m not saying that auctions don’t raise money… they do, but what I am saying is that for the amount of money you get back for the amount of time and effort put in, it’s not really worth it. Another reason, and the main one, that inspirational straight-ahead fundraising events are better is that they focus on purpose and a point B… a new or renovated building… and don’t put people’s attention on MEST. Even though the “donation” for MEST at an auction may be furthering the purpose, still an auction puts the crowd’s attention on the MEST items being presented. (A NOTE ABOUT “CASINO NIGHTS”: We never did a Casino Night because none of us were hatted on these. They may or may not be good vehicles for a large fundraising activity. I do not have adequate data on these)

To focus on the plus-points about inspirational “IAS-style” fundraisers --- these fundraisers really play upon a thetan’s sense of purpose. The more you can get a person excited about and acting directly on the building fund purpose line the more donations you will get. This is where the tone level and expertise of the Event Fundraiser comes heavily into play, which I will go over later on in this write-up. A vital datum on this comes from the HCO PL 14 January 1969 Issue I OT ORGS regarding rekindling failed purposes. By rekindling failed purposes in individuals in the crowd you add free theta to the group and the fundraising, raising the tone level and the ability of the crowd to envision success (i.e. hitting the evening’s target). Raising the individuals, and thus the group, on the various scales (see Scientology 0-8 THE BOOK OF BASICS) is essential to a successful fundraiser and a target met. I will cover more on this later.

We found the elements of a successful fundraiser were:

A) An upstat location --- either an upstat public home or an event room in an upscale hotel.

B) Good food --- either catered if in someone’s home, or provided by the hotel.

C) Sell tickets, even if it’s at someone’s home. You still have to pay for the catering. Having someone exchange and “qualify” by buying a ticket does work. Don’t try to make money selling tickets, but price them so that you pay for the cost of putting on the activity. This makes your donations raised pure profit.

D) Lots of advance notice and lots of promotion. Send out flyers and postcards well in advance of your event. Select a name for your event and punch it up on the mailers… don’t just say “COME TO THE BUILDING FUNDRAISER!” Decide on a catchy, descriptive title for the evening and use that. Make the mailers upstat, don’t send out cheap looking promotion. It’s got to be professional looking. IMPORTANT: Don’t avoid the fact that your event is going to be a fundraiser. Don’t try to go around the fact that you will be asking attendees for donations. Promote it as a dinner/fundraiser in verbal and written promotion. Also tell people you’ll have important updates for them on the progress of the project. You want to develop good PR for your fundraising project so tell people the truth. You actually can popularize fundraising with your public if you make it fun enough and they have wins by hitting event donation targets.

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E) CALL-IN CALL-IN CALL-IN TICKET SALES TICKET SALES This cannot be stressed enough. You need CALL-IN and TICKET SALES happening in high volume, starting early on. Once you’ve gotten a number of tickets sold you can use that to close people to confirm & pay --- “We’ve got 100 people confirmed, with tickets, and we’re adding more every minute. You’ve got to get in on this! It’s going to be an evening you don’t want to miss!” Get confirms, sell the person a ticket at the time they confirm. Make it one cycle of action. If you don’t sell them a ticket when you confirm them you have to get a hold of them again (sometimes quite a feat!) to sell them the ticket. (NOTE: We never really printed/distributed tickets --- that’s an unnecessary expense and cycle. Just sell admission and collect the money). I’m not going to try to write a Call-In Hat here because that’s not my expertise, but you MUST get someone in charge of this activity who knows how to do this and can assemble and product-officer a Call-In/Ticket Sales campaign. It is essential. Make sure a confirm board goes up in your org and update it regularly.

F) Write an agenda and script out your events. Drill it all, each part, from start to finish. Give yourself enough time to do this the day of the event. If you have material for audio/visual presentations you’ll want to thoroughly drill that as part of your rehearsal. Your event must be tight, crisp, professional and must flow from segment to segment, building to the excitement of the fundraising. A poorly formatted, unscripted, or unrehearsed event can greatly detract from the magic you want to create for the evening and this can effect donations. You want to take your audience up and out of the ordinary, get them so uptone they don’t have a chance to dramatize being human beings (i.e. “stop, stop, stop”). This is done by a well planned, aesthetic, and professionally executed agenda. Poor quality equipment or audio/visual failures; poor timing on audio/visual presentations; uninspiring or poorly delivered speeches; awkward gaps between program segments and other goofs can make a big difference. Do it all first-rate and you’ll have a magical evening with lots of dollars when it’s all over.

G) Start on time. Advertise a starting time for the doors opening and for dinner and keep to that. Allow at least an hour after doors open for people to arrive, socialize and have dinner before starting the program. This is just my advice… if it works better to speed this up, then do it.

H) Make your event segments, speeches, and presentations short and exciting. Don’t let any one segment or speaker drag on. Don’t let people get into impromptu speeches… script it and stick to the script. It all leads up to the reason you’ve gathered the people together: to hit the donation target and have a big group win. Don’t overrun them before you start fundraising. The earlier you can start the fundraising the better.

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I) Set a donation target. That’s such an essential part of the evening. Really stress target attainment, per the PL OT ORGS. Also use HCOB/PL THE SUPREME TEST regarding going to point B. Make it a realistic target that could and should be met for the evening. Present it at the beginning of the fundraising, all as part of the smooth transition from event speakers & presentations to the fundraising. Mark the target in large numbers on your large dono board (more on this board later) right at the top, in the middle, and draw a box around it to highlight it. Get the crowd’s agreement that is the target…really get the agreement. TR-3 it when you present it if you have to to get a Tone 40 agreement. Then get the crowd’s agreement that it will be met. This is equally important.

J) HAVE DONORS PRE-CLOSED TO DONATE AT KEY POINTS EARLY ON IN THE FUNDRAISING. This is important because when your crowd sees things kick off well they sense they can be part of a winning evening and they participate more readily. Depending on how many pre-closed donors you have, utilize these so that you get the maximum effect of each (at different times) jumping up and saying “I’ll do $______!!!” People go crazy when they see this. Use all of your pre-closed donors within the first half-hour. Use them as “nitrous oxide” to inject super energy into the early part of your event, get games going, to keep the ball rolling, and get some substantial numbers on the board in the first half-hour.

K) Run the fundraising until the target is met. As Fundraiser, you are acting as the auditor of the group. You’re running the process called “Donate”. The target met is the EP. Would you, as an auditor, end a session before the preclear EP’d the process? Of course not. A fundraising target hit is a BIG win for the group and people go into exhilaration. YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER THE EP OF A FUNDRAISER = TARGET MET.
Even if you went longer than planned and things got tedious at times during the fundraising,
if you hit the target people will remember the event as a win, not a grind. YOU WANT
When you call them on the phone or talk to them in person to close them on coming to your
next fundraiser you’ll find it much easier doing it over a win. I’ve never run a fundraiser
past midnight and never had to.

Those are the successful elements. Now here is the logistical set-up and flow of the evening for a successful fundraiser:

A) Lots of LRH quotes on 8 ½ x 11paper. Don’t try to lug OEC volumes or Tech vols up on stage. Have your quotes on sheets of paper that you can easily handle. You’ll want to be able to whip one out when things slow at times and you don’t want to be fumbling with a heavy book.
B) If it’s in a hotel you’ll want stage risers, a podium, and a microphone. It really helps to be above the crowd, especially a large crowd. If it’s in someone’s home you won’t need this but set up the fundraising to where you have a commanding view and straight comm line to the entire group. This is important in maintaining the group comm cycle so essential to your keeping control of the evening.

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C) A dry-marker, erasable white board. If you’re on stage at a hotel event, use a BIG one. We use a 4 X 5 foot board at hotel events and that is perfect. Make sure it is upstat looking and not ratty. Decorate it up along the edges so it looks festive. Clean the white board thoroughly so it’s not dirty looking. Have a very sturdy, but presentable easel that you can set it upon. If you’re doing an event in someone’s home you can’t use a board this big. Use a smaller board that fits in the space you’re using but is big enough to write donations on and to be seen by those in attendance. Have plenty of new regular point dry markers on hand. Have black, green, red, blue. You can just use black if you want but it can make it more interesting to vary your colors. Mark your evening target in a bright color. Don’t use sharp-point markers as these can’t be seen by people far away from the stage. Have a couple good dry-marker erasers on hand.

D) A large picture of LRH. Get with your org’s LC on all pictures or presentations of LRH. These must meet LRH standards per LC post policy.

E) THE FOLLOWING IS A MUST. WITHOUT THIS YOU WILL BE LOST IN HOW MUCH DONATIONS YOU REALLY GOT AND WHO DID WHAT: You must have “accountants” posted at a table to the side, out of direct view but positioned so they can see the stage and the board. One accountant has a good quality, paper print calculator, and he keeps a continuous running total during the event. This is so valuable, because you have to know at any given time during the fundraising where you are on your way to the target. The other person has 8 ½ X 11 sheets of paper or binder and keeps track of each individual’s donation, adding individuals’ additional dono’s during the evening. Multiple donations from one person during the evening are a sign of a good fundraiser and should be very common. Together these two “accountants” keep a running record of the donations. These are the event “worksheets” which are vital to documenting money donated.

F) Donation forms. These have the name, address, and as many phone contact numbers as
possible, plus email addresses. These also have multiple lines for multiple donations.
When someone has donated they are routed to the table to fill out their donation form. They
write the amount donated and their credit card number, or write a check. When they donate
again for the evening they come back to the table, are handed their form, and fill in their next donation on the next line. This also gives a running record of their successive donations during the evening. Don’t total their multiple donations until the end of the evening. It can get confusing when someone donates a number of successive times, especially if they have to use different cards or other sources to fund the full donation. However tedious it may get, it is well worth it.

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THE FUNDRAISER: A few words here about the Fundraiser himself. He must be an Opinion Leader from the org’s field… someone the audience knows, respects, and listens to. Whether or not this person has a cert that says “OT” they must be someone who, by their actions in the field has demonstrated being OT by getting things done in a big way. Your audience is going to have to be willing to be controlled by this person for a number of hours continuously during a fundraiser so this person must be someone who has personally demonstrated environmental control in their life. The Fundraiser MUST be very uptone and be able to operate at Tone 40, Enthusiasm, Exhilaration, Games, and Postulates at will during the evening, as well as being able to take the audience there. The Fundraiser must have very good stage presence, with excellent TRs and an excellent comm cycle. If you have someone auditing on OT VII Expanded or complete and through OT VIII Expanded, this will be excellent, as long as they meet the guidelines above.

As the Fundraiser you must be thoroughly conversant with various scales in Scientology 0-8 THE BOOK OF BASICS. Study the expanded Tone Scale; the Havingness Scale; The Scale of Confront; the Scale of Determinism; the Awareness Characteristics; the CDEI Scale and others you find. Know your Science of Survival regarding the Tone Scale, especially the Chart of Human Evaluation.

Know that if you don’t keep your audience above 3.5 on the tone scale, preferably much higher, then you are a dead duck as a Fundraiser. You literally need to get people to step outside of “themselves”… those valences they’ve mocked up and think is them… and do some very courageous donating. From my experiences the best tone scale points to get to and operate from during the fundraising are ACTION and GAMES. During the course of the evening the tone level will drop but you must never let it drop below 3.5 (Cheerfulness) and always push it back up to ENTHUSIASM, EXHILARATION and higher. What kicks the tone level up is
DONATIONS, DONATIONS, DONATIONS in large chunks. That’s the tone-arm moving down during a fundraiser. As a Fundraiser, don’t demand donations. That’s like the auditor telling the pc… “cognite, darn you!” You just persistently push the purpose of the fundraising, read LRH quotes, get games going amongst donors in the audience, be uptone and be amusing if a light moment is needed, go over again what a new building or a reno’d building will mean to their org --- whatever is needed to keep communication happening and the audience participating.


Here’s the actual fundraising procedure that I’ve found works best:

Dinner is fully done and people have had their after-dinner coffee. They have been attentively engaged by the speaking/presentation portion of the event. They are tremendously excited about their new building or their renovated building. It is very real to them. They are uptone.
They are about to be asked for money --- lots of money. If left to their own devices and allowed to donate what they felt was appropriate for them, they would give you a fraction of what you need from them and then they would go home feeling they’d done their part.

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From my experiences as an audience participant and as the Fundraiser, the audience really looks forward to all parts of the event except for being asked for money. There’s a sort of tension that is tangible when you shift into the money phase of the event. It’s just peoples’ non-confront and Q&A about money, about help, or whatever other button is getting pushed (and about to be pushed harder) that is getting keyed in. They sense they’re about to be challenged to do more than they think they can or want to do. They’re willing to hang in there with you to the degree you can make them make it a game, make it interesting, make them feel they can win this game (the target) and that their own create in hitting the target is vital. The truth of the matter is, and this is backed up by many LRH references, that the biggest wins from the event will come from getting the audience to confront and get through their own barriers to donating big --- which gives the big win. It is BIG THINK that gets the target done and that is what has to be brought about in the crowd.

After you are introduced you’ll need to spend a few minutes giving your initial presentation to the audience. There’s two main reasons why you do a short presentation yourself before going into the actual fundraising: 1) It establishes a comm cycle between you and the audience. It puts you at Cause because you’re addressing them. 2) It gives a chance for the board to be set up as you speak. You don’t want the board set up during the speakers/presentations. It distracts the audience & puts them into the future (fundraising) part of the event. Setting up the board must be drilled thoroughly by fellows who can handle it rapidly and smoothly. Setting up a big board at a hotel takes only a minute or so if done right. Your initial speech should be only two minutes… no more.

You need to kick off the fundraising segment in a big way, with a good flow of donations right off the bat. You don’t necessarily need the big hitters to jump up right away, but you do need people originating donations right away. You want a flow established very rapidly. If no one jumps up then tell the audience to get a game going. The important thing is a flow starts right away. When someone calls out a donation you have them walk up onto the stage and write their name and donation amount on the board. (If you are in someone’s home and it’s cramped you may just want to have your Board Assistant write the name/dono. You always have a young, attractive and smartly dressed young lady as a Board Assistant who hands the donor the dry-marker pen and who is in charge of the dono board. When we use the large board at a hotel event we use two young ladies because the board is so large. They stand at opposite sides of the board. When your donors really get cooking you should have a parade of people proudly walking up, one after another, to write their names and donations on the board. We have come to call it “The Parade of Heroes”.

If I know the person’s name I call it out to the crowd as they approach the stage. They write their name and dono on the board and I call it out to the crowd enthusiastically: “Joe Smith --- $1,000!!!” and the audience applauds. If it’s a really big dono, like $5,000 or more I call the name/dono out then have the person remain on stage for a moment to receive the applause. People who want to start games can come up write their dono on the board, then turn around and R-factor the crowd on their game. The Board Assistants then draw blank lines below the person’s name/dono for the number of players required to complete the game. For example: Joe Smith comes up and writes $5,000 on the board, turns and says “I’ll do $5,000 if 5 other people do $5,000!!!”. The Assistant then draws five blank lines below Joe’s name/dono.

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This becomes known as the “Joe Smith $5,000 game.” You can have 3-4 of these going on the board at once during a hot stretch of the evening. This gives you, as the Fundraiser, something to put the crowd’s attention on rather than just cajoling them for another donation. Put their attention on the undone games on the board and stress that these games need to be completed. You can look at the board and say “Well, we’ve got some really great games going on here. We’ve got the Joe Smith $5,000 game which only needs 3 more players to complete. We’ve got the Susie Jones $1,000 game which needs 6 more players to complete. Then we’ve got the BIG game here… the Bob Brown $10,000 game that needs on more player to be a done. So let’s go, let’s get these complete… who’s next?” As the Fundraiser you work out your own style, your own patter. However, all successful Fundraiser styles are based on LRH tech… granting Beingness; TRs 0-IV; cycles of action; ARC, etc. You won’t need a script to do the actual fundraising… it’s impromptu, which makes it all that much more fun… but you will need to operate with these standard LRH stable datums to hand.

You make sure you update the crowd on the running total as significant gains are made. You can even write it in the upper left corner of the dono board and update that periodically.

From my experience here’s how a typical, successful fundraising evening goes:

When you toss out the Tone 40 phrase “OK, so who’s first for ______ org’s new building!?!” you should get immediate donations and the flow started. If that doesn’t happen, have it pre-arranged for a pre-closed donor (but not your biggest) to jump up and get it rolling. The flow should build as people activate their own donor postulates they made prior to coming or during the presentations. THEIR INITIAL DONATION POSTULATES WILL NOT BE ENOUGH TO HIT YOUR TARGET. YOU MUST CHANGE THE AUDIENCE’S IDEA OF WHAT IS SUFFICIENT TO DONATE. THE ONLY AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IS THAT WHICH HITS OR EXCEEDS THE TARGET. THAT IS YOUR VIEWPOINT AS THE FUNDRAISER. YOU VALIDATE EVERY PENNY DONATED BUT KEEP THE VIEWPOINT THAT BIG IS GOOD, REALLY BIG IS BETTER, AND HUGE IS BEST. One of the things that changes an audience member’s mind on how much to donate is seeing others donate and seeing the board move up significantly towards the target. Thetans love to win. We hate to lose. We’ll back a winning horse if we think it’s got a good chance and we’ll climb right on its back as it heads to the finish line in first place. Getting out the starting gate and around the first turn of the track is what is key in getting a winning evening going. If you’ve got a strong horse galloping in big strides you’ll find lots of jockeys in the crowd willing to ride.

You’ll find there are high tides and ebbs during the evening. Ride them all towards the target.
Push the high tides for all they’re worth and don’t let an ebb stick. Get it moving again as fast as possible. LRH quotes are good for these points. People get to take a little breather and listen to Source. It’s an exercise in Reach and Withdraw and if you’re in a withdraw phase, don’t resist it, just push it back to a reach. Your LRH quotes should be short… no full PLs or HCOBs… no more than a few short paragraphs at a time. You’ll lose people if you (or someone else) talks at them too much during a lull. Get them active, get them into action, to toss out a game, any game. Get the dono’s rolling again.

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During the course of the evening you will see people wrap up and leave. I never bring attention to anyone who is leaving. I keep the audience’s attention on what is happening up here at the board, now. I can’t keep someone from leaving so why make a point of it? I consider it the kiss of death for fundraising if you try to adopt a “locked door” approach. In my viewpoint, if you do this, you have immediately violated Prelogic #1 (Q1:“Self determinism is the common denominator of all life impulses” LRH) and have guaranteed yourself non-cooperation from there on out. I have found from fundraisers I have attended and those I’ve given, that the crowd will naturally dwindle during the evening. THAT IS WHY YOU MUST GET YOUR HORSE GALLOPING EARLY ON, IN BIG STRIDES, AND GET AT OR CLOSE TO THAT FINISH LINE WITHIN 90 MINUTES TO TWO HOURS. Our big, big fundraisers ($326,000 and $218,000) lasted three hours each… 9:00 PM to midnight of actual fundraising. By the end there was only 1/4 of the initial crowd still there but we did what we had to do in three hours. Our smaller, shorter fundraisers lasted two hours and we hit our targets ($40,000) with most everyone still there. Get the majority of the target made before people start leaving. Make sure your hitters, who can put the target in the bag, even at the last moment, stick around for the duration. Get their agreement ahead of time to stick it out until the target’s met.


It’s always been the people who can do $5,000 - $20,000 (or more) during the evening that really move the board and slam-dunk the target at the end. You must get these people confirmed and sold tickets… your target depends on it. Know your crowd and the capability of those in attendance who classify as big players. Go over the confirm list before the event with the rest of the reg team and set your own targets for these guys. Don’t tell them, just have it as your executive postulate. Most of them love to play these games during the fundraising… they know they can afford it and it’s fun for them, even if it is a big stretch for them too. See the LRH reference about “Pirates and Bums” in PDC lecture #1. If they can’t afford it they’ll just create the money. That’s why they can play such big games. Their Havingness is out the roof and they are your biggest asset. Don’t discount, however, your average Scientologist who wants to help and stretches his own reality/finances beyond what he earlier considered impossible. There’s many, many of them and their help is very important. Their presence and participation could very well make the difference in your evening.

Another very workable action is to have org staff go one-on-one during the fundraising with qualified attendees. This is part of the THINK BIG approach. The staff member would be someone who has a special comm line with the public person… maybe their auditor, maybe their supervisor, registrar, or whatever. This person gets regged right there (quietly) at their seat

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as the fundraising is going on. They may need to be asked to come into an adjoining room where the noise level is lower. There may be a team who talks to this individual. This is done with persons who can put BIG numbers on the board, but who may not do it just in the normal
course of the event. This is a good way to set up big games amongst “hitters” who can put up big numbers and jump your board forward at big leaps and bounds. They can challenge the other “hitters” to a game. These guys usually know each other and know their resources.
They may even be in business together or in the same profession. We had one event where we had a lot of fun and made a lot more money by setting up a game amongst “the dueling dentists”. It has a lot to do with creating and maintaining a Spirit of Play throughout the entire evening. As the Fundraiser you set the tone and push it up the entire evening. R-factor the crowd at the beginning that this is going to be a whole lot of fun, then make it fun. Have the excerpt from the LRH lecture from PDC on Spirit of Play and read selected parts of it.(PDC lecture #26 9 Dec 1952) Keep that Spirit of Play alive and thriving and you’ll make more money than even you thought you could. When you get the crowd really uptone and really into a strong theta purpose you will be amazed at what they are willing to donate. If you have a crowd at Boredom or Monotony, waiting for someone else to donate until they can slip out, you’ll be amazed at how tough it can be and how stopped the flows can get.

THE HOME STRETCH: Your ideal event will head toward this phase as you near your target.
You’ll want to keep the crowd informed of your progress toward the target with running total updates during the evening and especially when you’re within striking distance of the target.
You can revive the whole crowd towards the end of a long event by getting them to understand “the end is in sight”. Get the crowd excited about putting that target in the bag. You don’t ever entertain the idea that the target won’t be hit. Your job is to be the driving force to target attainment. Your audience may silently entertain, at times during the evening, that the target won’t be hit. You can’t afford, for an instant, to move off of a Tone 40 viewpoint. Study the definition of Tone 40 in the Tech Dictionary and study the references in the definitions. You must understand this Tone level… how to adopt a Tone 40 viewpoint, create it in your audience and maintain it all the way to EP. I would suggest drilling TR-8 as this is an excellent Tone 40 drill. The Home Stretch is where your big hitters who have stuck around will help you tremendously. At one of our fundraisers we had $40,000 left to hit the target at 11:30 PM.
One of the hitters in the crowd, who had already done close to $10,000, got all of the other big donors together down in front and just parceled out the $40,000 amongst the 10 people who knew they had the resources to do it. It took a about 15 minutes of intense 2WC for them to work out amongst themselves how they were going to split up that remaining $40,000. As they did that the fundraising continued and by the time they figured it out we had raised another $4,000 from the crowd. The organizer came on stage with a piece of paper and very ceremoniously read the amounts each donor was taking on, which then totaled the amount needed to hit the target and that was it. Everyone went crazy at 10 minutes to midnight and any tiredness just blew completely away from everyone. As the Fundraiser you can arrange this in the Home Stretch. Get one of the big donors whom you know has very good intention and can 8-C others and get him/her to gather the others together and do this final figure-out. You may not need to or want to do it this way every event but when needed it certainly can take you to the finish line with a big, energetic rush.

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That is the hat, from my experiences. You should study this hat, study the LRH references, drill your events, and learn from your fundraiser experiences. The special notes I’ve included below wrap up this hat write-up.

SPECIAL NOTES: There are a few special items that need to be mentioned here. From my experiences I’ve learned to avoid or cut off certain occurrences during a fundraiser. Remember, the microphone or floor is yours as the Fundraiser. This is your cycle to control. Don’t let someone else grab the floor (or microphone) and start addressing the group UNLESS it’s a big donor, you know they’re sane, and it’s done with your consent. You wouldn’t let someone come into your auditing room and start talking to your pc while you’re running a process, so don’t let someone grab your floor during a fundraiser. This doesn’t mean you don’t let people originate or let important, well-known Opinion Leader Big Donors have a shot at the mike (they usually do very well at this and are actually a big help). It just means you run TR-3 and TR-4 on the group. You do want to encourage people to start dono games so the more they do that, the better. People can feel free to stand up and say “I’ll do $5,000 if 5 other people do $5,000!!!” or “I’ll do $500 if 10 other people do $500!!!” The audience loves this. You can get 3 or 4 different dono games going simultaneously, as long as you keep track of them on the board. Controlled audience interaction at a high tone, with dono’s flowing is really what you’re working for anyway.

CHILDREN’S DONATIONS These are so theta and are an energizing part of every event. Encourage attendees to bring their children 8 years and above, as long as the kids are in-ethics, can sit through the event, and aren’t disruptive. Some of the most theta moments in an evening’s fundraising can come when a child walks up on stage and writes his/her name and a donation on the board (any amount). The child’s family is proud and the audience flows tremendous admiration to the child. It’s a group key-out.

Another item to mention is that the Fundraiser can use pre-arranged tag-team terminals to help if things seem to be slowing down and need a boost. It helps the Fundraiser to know he/she has some back-up tried-and-true help that can jump in if a fresh horse is needed. The Fundraiser doesn’t give the evening over to the tag-team terminal, but can take a 5-minute restroom break/breather while a new face (Opinion Leader, expert speaker) takes the reins for a few minutes.

THE FUNDRAISER AS DONOR --- It always ends up that I too get caught up in the inspiration as the evening moves forward. I have usually gone into an event I’m doing with a set idea of what I’m willing to donate for the evening and how I will use it at a strategic point to play a game to raise the most money from it. These plans usually get blown away during the event and I always know we’ve had a successful evening when I go way beyond my own initial considerations. It also really gets the crowd excited when you, as the Fundraiser, pick up one of the $1,000, $2,000 or bigger spots in a game. You can also be one of the players in a final group strategy to the finish line. The point is that you really have two hats up there… the most important one is the Fundraiser. But don’t forget that you’re attending the event too and as an attendee you too have a responsibility to answer the call.

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Dennis Negley OT Ambassador
Org Officer/Event Fundraiser
San Francisco New Building Project

If you want to contact me about this hat you can reach me by phone: (415) 472-4610
by email: [email protected]


“The big thing now is to do our personal best, each of us, to lay aside our personal penchants and petty animosities, and as beings, as Scientologists and as organizations get very effective, fast. There’s an awful lot depending on us.

Therefore I ask you to accept your tasks, the necessary policies and command lines as appointed and do your best.

We can’t expect perfection until all of us are perfect. We’re making do with what we have and we’re progressing famously despite the many faults we would all like to correct. The thing is, we are winning, we have enough time if we’re quick to use what we have and any future this race has is riding on our backs. It’s very humanlike to vilify and misunderstand. We can take that, too. And it doesn’t excuse us one bit from not doing our jobs.

Scientology is the only game where everybody wins. And we are winning.”
L. Ron Hubbard




LRH states the following on the importance of premises for orgs,

“An org cannot expand without premises being provided, salvaged and cared for.” HCO PL 8 MAY 66RA LRH COMMUNICATOR, NO OTHER HATS.


From this, it is clear that the expansion purpose of LRH ED 339R and the state of your org’s premises are directly related. Having an org that is properly located, large enough to expand above the make-break point, with standard flow lines for volume delivery and is a proper representation of Scientology for your area, is a key part of accomplishing that purpose.

For centuries, parishioners have donated to their churches, which not only forwarded the expansion purpose, but also gave the parishioner a sense of pride and satisfaction in contributing.

Contributions from the public play a vital role in your org’s ability to purchase and renovate an ideal building.

LRH states in HCO PL 2 DEC 1968 GUNG-HO GROUPS the following,


“The most heavily worked-over income point of most civic-minded groups is the obtaining of contributions.

“These can be quite sizeable.

“They do not however come easily unless the group has a nonprofit status and the patron can thereby deduct it from his income tax.

“A group, however, that registers as a charity and is a member of existing nonprofit organizations can obtain contributions.

“Governments have been known to contribute large sums to groups.

“Contributions should be worked at but should be regarded as an irregular source of income and not counted on for the general running expenses of a group. Rather, they are like an affluence, and major projects are the best use for contributions and the best reason to get them – such as a new building for the group or a new hall, things like that.”

This project has been written so that you can raise the funds needed to purchase a building and get it renovated for your org.

Over to you to get it done!







1. Accept full responsibility for the execution of this Project.
Fundraising Project Chairman

2. Read the following PLs:

All target holders

3. Read the hatting binder from the Flag Landlord Office, including the data on fundraising by thirds. The “rule of thirds” holds that about one-third of a campaign’s contributions will come from the ten largest gifts, roughly another one-third from the next 100 largest gifts, and the last one-third from all the rest. This is not an exact formula but you can use it as a general guideline to organize your various fundraising activities.
All target holders

4. CONDITIONAL: Setting the target. Do the following steps as they apply to your org.

a. If you have an approved building for purchase, find out how much money is needed to buy and renovate the building for the org. (Contact your org Building Expansion I/C or FBO or Cont Landlord Office or the Building Expansion Office Int at the Flag Landlord Office.) Establish this as your target.

b. If you own your building and are renovating it, get an estimate on how much money is needed to renovate the building. (Contact as above to get this data.) This is your target.

c. If you do not have a building approved, do the following steps to estimate the cost of purchasing and renovating a building in your area of at least 25,000 square feet. Set that as your conditional target.

i. Locate the heaviest body traffic area in your org’s field.
ii. Determine which areas of our org’s field are suitable for an org, meaning that the org’s public would want to go there, day or night.
iii.Find out the range of prices for buildings in each area in terms of dollars per square foot. This is what the buildings SOLD for, not what owners are asking for them.
iv. Estimate the cost of a suitable building at least 25-30,000 square feet in each area.
v. Estimate cost of renovations at $80-100 per square foot, depending on whether construction in your area is unusually expensive or not.
vi. Add $200,000 for architect fees and add $200,000 for furnishings, finishings and equipment (computers, e-meters, LRH materials, phone systems, audio-video equipment, and so on.)

Fundraising Project Chairman

5. Establish a game for your org of acknowledgements for the donors, based on the attainment of each different level of donation. Proposed donation levels are available from the Building Expansion Office Int. These can be tailored to be uniquely appropriate to your org.
Fundraising Project Chairman

6. Write projects as needed to get the Operating Targets done.
Fundraising Project Chairman

7. Keep in mind at all times that this is your project and you are to create on it as much as you like. Splurge on it!
Fundraising Project Chairman


1. Maintain a high level of professionalism and good manners (HCO PL 13 MAY 71 MANNERS) at all times.
Fundraising Project Chairman

2. As a building gets found and approved for purchase, or plans and designs get completed and approved, utilize these achievements in your fundraising efforts by getting the word out constantly through promotion and events to generate more income. Utilize any visuals and research data you receive from the Landlord Office about your area and your building. Keep the hometown spirit alive!
Fundraising Project

3. Set interim targets and make those. For instance, you can set a target for opening escrow and make that. Next set a target for the close of escrow and make that. Set a target for the architect fee and make that. Set targets for phases of renovations and make each one, so the work continues with no breaks. In this way you can keep the fundraising real and have wins and completed targets step-by-step.
Fundraising Project Chairman

4. Throughout all of your fundraising and fundraising activities, keep the purpose of your project at the forefront of every interview, briefing and event. Never let those working on the project or the public forget the purpose. (HCO PL 13 MARCH 65, ISSUE III, THE STRUCTURE OF ORGANIZATION WHAT IS POLICY?)
Fundraising Project Chairman


1. Post a Fundraising Project Section in Dept. 11 on your OT Committee Org Board. Post it minimally with a Chairman, Events I/C, Fundraising I/C and Marketing I/C and get them into production.

Fundraising Project Chairman

2. Set up a weekly meeting right after your general OT Committee meeting where all of the members of the Fundraising Project Section meet to go over production, to name out prospects, expansion ideas, event and briefing planning.
Fundraising Project Chairman

3. Applying the guideline of “Fundraising by thirds”, assign an I/C to each third. Give the I/Cs for each “third” and their Field Fundraisers a quota for that week and gain their full backup and cooperation to get donations for the org. ________________
Fundraising I/C

4. Have the I/C for each third study the hatting materials on how to raise donations from his public and write a project that will get him started raising money from his third.
Fundraising I/C

5. Make a list of the wealthiest and most generous people in your org’s field. Make the list as long as you possibly can. You can add to the list while the rest of the program is being done. Estimate the amount of money you think you can expect to be donated by each person, as best you can estimate.
Fundraising I/C

6. Research prospects for your top donors, who will account for the top one-third of your funds raised. Do your homework and find out all about each person – likes, dislikes, opinion leaders, what they are worth, how much they earn, what they give away each year, etc. ________________
Top third Fundraising I/C

7. Assign a fundraiser of comparable calibre to each prospect. Set appointments with each qualified prospect, enlighten them, get them involved, push the purpose and get funds raised for your new building and/or renovations. This may take several appointments, and it may be necessary to get them on board and contributing in other ways before they will write you a big check. Make them part of the team.
Top third Fundraising I/C

8. REPEATING TARGET: As new prospects are named, do your homework, get appointments set up, interviews done and each prospect closed for their next donation level.
Top third Fundraising I/C

9. Acknowledge each donor right away.
Fundraising Project Chairman

10. Recruit FSMs to elicit donations for the org. Let them know they can get a 10% commission on funds they raise.
Fundraising Project Chairman

11. Schedule a calendar of fundraising events (dinners, auctions, barbeques, etc.) Send a copy of your calendar to your FBO, Continental Landlord and the Public Affairs Off Int in the Building Expansion Office Int. ________________
Events I/C

12. Start working on your first event. Get out invitations and promotion. Price the tickets to fully cover the costs of the event, so that all money raised at the event will go into the building fund.
Events I/C
13. Arrange all of the logistics for the event.
Events I/C

14. Take charge of confirming attendees and getting tickets sold for the event to ensure you have an excellent turn-out.
Middle Third Fundraising I/C

15. Contact donors who will be at your event and find out how much they plan to donate. Get as much as you can pre-regged. This will enable you to set a realistic target at the event and use the donors who are committed to inspire others.
Top and Middle Third Fundraising I/Cs

16. Line up your speakers and stage-regges and make sure they are well prepared.
Events I/C

17. Hold the event. Acknowledge donors who have achieved their next status. Set a very real target. Keep it very up-tone and spirit of play. Encourage your donors to play games and make challenges for matching donations. Push the purpose throughout. Acknowledge Source. Make sure the group has a big win. Use the event to create excitement and build a winning team.
Fundraising Project Chairman

18. Repeat targets 10-15 for each event.
Fundraising Project Chairman

19. Make a promo schedule and produce promotion to forward your project and to keep the field briefed on your progress (fliers, info packs, briefing sheets, newsletters, etc).
Marketing I/C

20. Get your promotion out by mail and email. Also put the promotion in the key areas of the organization so that public who come into the org see that your org is purchasing and/or renovating a building.
Marketing I/C

21. By using the Building Expansion Promotion Kit produced by the Landlord Office (get this from your org FBO or terminal holding this function, if there is no FBO posted), get a project newsletter produced and gotten out every month to the entire org’s CF.
Marketing I/C

22. Within your budget or through donations get PR hats and whips (souvenirs) designed and produced. This includes such things as:

a) Certificates
b) Clothing (t-shirts, sweaters, hats, scarves, ties, etc.)
c) Jewelry (key rings, signet rings, earrings, cuff links, pins, etc.)
d) Cards
e) Stationary items

Marketing I/C

23. Work out how to use these hats and whips to get all contributors promoting donations for the org building. Make it popular to back up getting the new org building purchased and/or renovated.
Marketing I/C

24. Get out routine updates, briefings and pictures on the progress of your building, and also solicit success stories from your public as they donate to the project. Get these to your Field Fundraisers for use in their reg interviews. Per LRH ED 236 INT REGISTRATION PROGRAM NO 2. Target 14 “so regges know what they are selling is worthwhile and so that they have fresh data to toss into sales talks.”
Marketing I/C

25. Send copies of the above and any successful actions directly to your Continental Landlord Office and the Public Affairs Off Building Expansion Office Int, so this can be included in the international Building Expansion Newsletter.
Fundraising Project Chairman

26. Implement ongoing fundraising activities aimed at the bottom third of your donors. Here are a few ideas you can use. Feel free to be creative and find as many new ways as you can to raise money on an ongoing basis. Get individual members of your group to choose a project and take full responsibility for it. These can be done by individuals and do not need to be “group” activities.

• Pass the Hat at each OTC meeting, events, and seminars.
• Set up a donations box in the org.
• eBay auctions.
• Mass mailings of fundraising solicitations (liaise with Marketing I/C on these.)
• Automatic monthly credit card deductions.
• Raffles
• Garage sales
• Bake sales
Bottom Third Fundraising I/C

27. Turn over all funds collected to the FBO of the org so that they can be properly invoiced and safeguarded in the Building Expansion Account.
Fundraising Project Chairman

28. CONDITIONAL: If your org does not have a FBO currently on post. Turn the funds that you have collected over to your org’s Treasury or the ED.

Fundraising Project Chairman

Your comm lines are through your OT Committee Chairman to the OT Committee Officer Int. You have a comm line to your local FBO and ED.

You also have an open line to your Continental Landlord Office and if needed you can contact directly to the Building Expansion Office Int in the Flag Landlord Office for any assistance or guidance.


All funds raised for the purchase and/or the renovations of your org building within the time limit given by your org FBO, Continental Landlord or Building Expansion Office Int.

Panda Termint

Cabal Of One
Thanks, Pooks.

This was, from memory, the pre-cursor to the official Ideal Org campaign.

Of course, as Mick Wenlock has stated, we already had the IAS as a model but as far as I recall this was where the whole thing started becoming the main business of OT Committees. Prior to this, OTC was all about getting people onto Training and Processing and LRH Tech Delivered to Individuals.

It's interesting to observe how easily this no-exchange donation stuff took hold and became the norm.


Patron with Honors
:puke: is all I have to say after reading this.

I'm amazed you could read it all the way through. I felt the need to vomit by the end of the Ist page, then decided to have a beer and watch TV instead. What a load of garbage.


I'm amazed you could read it all the way through. I felt the need to vomit by the end of the Ist page, then decided to have a beer and watch TV instead. What a load of garbage.
Oh matey, I can just see you doing that! LOL. - My sentiments exactly!


Platinum Meritorious Sponsor with bells on
I had huge cognitions from reading how IDEAL ORG FUNDRAISING is done. Here is the successful hat....

I’m not saying that auctions don’t raise money… they do, but what I am saying is that for the amount of money you get back for the amount of time and effort put in, it’s not really worth it. Another reason, and the main one, that inspirational straight-ahead fundraising events are better is that they focus on purpose and a point B… a new or renovated building… and don’t put people’s attention on MEST. Even though the “donation” for MEST at an auction may be furthering the purpose, still an auction puts the crowd’s attention on the MEST items being presented.

I get it now!

Scientology fundraisers do not want to put a theta being's attention on MEST.

So, now I know why I blew from the Bridge. It was MU's!

I thought donation MONEY was MEST.

I thought that Ideal Org BUILDINGS were MEST.

Gee, it's so much better to move everything out of the MEST universe and into the THETA universe where it can't upset you. No wonder Scientologists don't get enturbulated with low-toned bank overdraft notices and bankruptcy filings after attending these fundraising events.


I especially liked this one:

"IMPORTANT: Don’t avoid the fact that your event is going to be a fundraiser. Don’t try to go around the fact that you will be asking attendees for donations. Promote it as a dinner/fundraiser in verbal and written promotion. Also tell people you’ll have important updates for them on the progress of the project. You want to develop good PR for your fundraising project so tell people the truth. You actually can popularize fundraising with your public if you make it fun enough and they have wins by hitting event donation targets."

Like they don't already know that ANY event the CoS puts on is a fundraiser?

"So tell people the truth." :omg: Isn't telling the truth out tech? So the fundraisers are squirrelling! I better write up a KR on this shit! :D

Idle Morgue

Gold Meritorious Patron
Scientology ~ the Science of Schills!

I can attest that every trick in the book is used at these fund raiser's and it is amazing that people will go broke - bankrupt and they will completely annihilate their finances to be "hero" for a night. This Negley guy says if they are not donating huge amounts - they "have mocked up an identity" - well, tell them that as they are thrown out on the street after losing their home! What "mocked up identity" are they being at that point? The "mocked up identity" where they donated $100,000 they did not have - what was that for chrissake! :omg:

Please leave scientologist - before they are killing babies on the stage for LRH - and if a parent does not want to do that - they are "mocking up an identity" contrary to the cult!

The scientology slowly gets indoctrinated into the "cult think" - like boiling a frog in water first - the water in the pot is cool and comfortable - no problem there...then...the heat gets turned up slowly!

Run - don't walk - out of the cult of scientology.

Helena Handbasket

Gold Meritorious Patron
Oh, boy! I'm so excited about fundraising now that I'm going to quote LRH myself! (May not be 100% accurate.)

"Criminal exchange -- something from somebody in exchange for nothing from the criminal."



Gold Meritorious Patron
Mike Rinder just linked this thread to his new blog post:


Corporate Scientology Child Fundraisers



I'm pretty speechless here. :angry: :no:

Hats off to Pooks and Mike. And Pooks.


Silver Meritorious Patron
So manipulative.

This should be e-mailed to EVERY Scientologist, who ever has the big list (The one Debbie Cook had). I am sure a few of the people on the fence would cognite.


Gold Meritorious Patron
So manipulative.

This should be e-mailed to EVERY Scientologist, who ever has the big list (The one Debbie Cook had). I am sure a few of the people on the fence would cognite.

It's probably is being done, as we speak. Mark my words. Seven days from now...

In present time

Gold Meritorious Patron
Oh, boy! I'm so excited about fundraising now that I'm going to quote LRH myself! (May not be 100% accurate.)

"Criminal exchange -- something from somebody in exchange for nothing from the criminal."

according to this write up you are just "dramatising being a human being", now fork over that money.:duh::biggrin: