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message from the secretary of
As a committee member of a not for profit organisation in Sydney we are repeatedly looking for
funds to support our activities from corporate sponsorship and from fundraising efforts. Some
fundraiser products can be too much effort, but not My Phone Vouchers. I'm pleased that we
found MPV as it must be the most effort free fundraiser that we have ever been involved in and
the profits are far above our expectations.
Our supporters delight in discount coupons and we had a good response from the Kidsbiz® but
My Phone Vouchers just takes the Discount Vouchers concept and enhances it. Despite being
better for our members than the Entertainment Book® MPV is also a single system right across
Australian with more than 3000 discount providers involved, which means that our supporters can
always find a discount voucher near them at home or when they travel for business or fun. When
MPV says local they don't mean any particular location but wherever the user happens to be and
the area near them. The "Local area" is simply how far a member is willing to travel from where
they currently are where that may be. Another improvement is subtle but also profound. Some
discount providers offer a smaller discount but makes them available more often. So rather than
the offer being "One Free Coffee" the offer might be "Two Coffees for the Price of One" so in
effect the discount is the same value ($4 for the coffee) but the first is 100% discount (Free) and
the second one is 50% (two for one). But in MyPhoneVouchers the lower discount voucher value
is generally made available daily, weekly or monthly. This means that instead of a single voucher
worth four dollars there may be up to 365 vouchers worth four dollars. If MyPhoneVouchers
published a physical coupon book the number of available discounts when this is taken into
account, the numbers are staggering, more than 52,000 discount coupons available for the
members. My Phone Vouchers also tell us that at 80GSM (the thickness of normal paper) that to
print a book of vouchers would be more than three metres thick. It's no wonder that other solution
have to limit the number of discount coupons available.
So how does it work for us? Well we simply print a flyer to let our members know of our fundraiser
and what the money would be used for and ask them to purchase a My Phone Vouchers
membership via the MPV website and nominate us as their supported group. More than 90% the
funds come with no further action. MPV then handles the whole thing and we get a cheque at the
end of the month. (They send us and email and we invoice them that they pay promptly) The only
complication we got was that some people didn't have a credit card to do the transaction or was
uneasy about putting their card details into the web site. After discussing this with the technical
people at a MyPhoneVouchers. As a supported group we can add MPV members, our members,
our supporters directly to the MyPhoneVouchers system via the website and we charge the
$39.95 to our member (usually in foldies) and then send 19.95 to MyPhoneVouchers.com by the
end of the month. We have never actually sent them money as they just took it out of what they
owed us and sent us the balance. The next part was also easy to overcome. My Phone Vouchers
uses a very well respected organisation to process their credit card transactions and in fact one of
the only credit card facilities that are recommended by all Australian Banks. MPV never stores the
credit card details and once it is approved only a reference number given by the credit card
processing facility is stored. The whole attitude of My Phone Vouchers is interesting too, they are
really interested in help us raise funds and it seems to be their primary concern.
The biggest comment that we get from our supporters is that "it's so convenient". When you use
the entertainment book® you have plan where to go and ensure you have the book etc. With
MyPhoneVouchers if you have your phone with you and who doesn't you can be out and about
and think "gee a coffee would be nice" but first you don't know where to get one and secondly
with My Phone Vouchers you are going to get a discount.
We can't wait until next year when our supporters re-sign and we get paid again. We get access
to the database of our supporters so we will give a little gentle prompting…but that's what
fundraising is all about.
For more info make sure you look at our web page by clicking this link - MPV.