Fundraising Campaign: How to Get Started

November 28, 2014

Choosing the right type of fundraiser for your nonprofit requires research and organizational skills.  Once your group decides to go with a brick fundraising campaign, those abilities will come in useful getting the fundraiser up and running.  Here’s what you need to know about getting started with brick fundraisers.

Thick and Thin

Bricks R Us offers bricks in all sizes.  Our most common come in 4 by 8 inches, 8 by 8 inches, and 12 by 12 inches.  However, there are only two thicknesses of bricks, thick and thin.

  • Thick: Like a conventional house brick, the standard size brick is 2 3/8 inches thick.  These bricks are generally used for walkways, often set in a sand base.
  • Thin: These ½ inch thick bricks and tiles are generally used for wall displays, but can also be placed on top of an existing concrete walkway.

Location

Before you can decide on the size or type of brick you’ll use, you need to decide on a location for your brick display.  Because not all bricks can be used in all locations, it would be unwise to choose your bricks before the location.

The location of your brick display is one of the most important factors in the success of your brick campaign.  Your supporters will want to see their brick on a regular basis.  They will also want their friends to have access to the display.  You will need to choose a location carefully.

When searching for that location, don’t assume that you need to build a brick walkway or surround a flag pole with bricks.  Thick bricks can be used to edge an existing sidewalk, circle a fountain, or frame a garden area.  Thin bricks can cover indoor and outdoor walls or cover a sidewalk, bringing new life to a tired courtyard.  There are plenty of options.

Engraving

Depending on your preference, at no additional charge, Bricks R Us provides two different types of engraving, laser and sandblasting.

  • Laser Engraving: Using a laser, the clay of the brick is actually changed to a black glass-like finish.  Unlike sandblasting, the engraved characters are nearly flush with the surface of the brick.  Laser engraving allows for much greater detail in logos and designs, giving clients and donors more choices as well.
  • Sandblasting Engraving: This “technology” has been around for over 130 years.  Now, with the help of computers, this process makes deep, crisp cuts into bricks, creating text, symbols and even custom logos.

If you have questions about brick fundraisers, the team at Bricks R Us can help.  We will be happy to help you get started on your brick campaign, including choosing the right type of engraving and bricks for your brick display.  Contact us today for more information on brick fundraisers!

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