As I’ve mentioned before, my club is trying to put on a conference in my city. As such, we need funding. We have a couple fundraising ideas: Send an Atheist to Church (people get to vote on which church, or other religious institution, an atheist or group of atheists will attend by donating money into said churches pile) and Stone an Atheist (people get to pay to throw water balloons at atheists). However, we don’t know what kind of reception these events will get, and we want to have other ideas just in case they don’t garner the success that we need.
For the atheists/agnostics/freethinkers out there, what kind of fundraising events have you tried and what have you found to be successful/unsuccessful?
For the religious people out there, how would you react to those two above events? What type of events would you be willing to participate in if you knew that it was run by a freethinker organization? What kind of events would you be willing to put on with the help of a freethinker organization.
At my university, we have a number of religious clubs, but none of them seem to be willing to collaborate with us. We have tried to put on events with them in the past, but they usually just reply with a “we’re not interested in that kind of event” or “we’ll pray for you.” We are looking for ways to encourage them to see a collaboration as worth while. We’d normally just try to get debates going with them, but I think we need to build up more of a relationship before that will happen, so I think a fundraising event where both parties benefit my be the best way to start. They can also be less “us vs. them,” which may be helpful.