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memo from the secretary of
As a president of a charity in NSW we are regularly looking for money to support our activities
from government grants and from fundraising efforts. Some fundraisers can be difficult to sell, but
not MPV. I'm pleased that we found My Phone Vouchers as it must be the easiest fundraiser that
we have ever been involved in and the profits are far above our expectations.
Our members love discount vouchers and we had a good response from the Kidsbiz® but
MyPhoneVouchers just takes the Discount concept and makes it better. Despite being lower cost
for our supporters than the Entertainment Book® MPV is also a single system right across
Australian with more than 3000 businesses involved, which means that our supporters can always
find a discount coupon around 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. The next 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 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 My Phone Vouchers
printed a physical voucher book the number of available discount coupons when this is taken into
account, the numbers are amazing, more than 52,000 discount vouchers available for the our
members. MPV, they 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 vouchers available.
So how does it work for us? Well we simply have business cards printed to let our members know
of our fundraiser and what the money would be used for and ask them to purchase a MPV
membership via the MyPhoneVouchers website and nominate us as their supported group. More
than 90% the funds come with no further action. My Phone Vouchers 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 My Phone Vouchers 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. MPV 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 does not store 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 MPV 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 My
Phone Vouchers 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
MPV 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 members so we will give a little gentle prompting…but that's what
fundraising is all about.
For more info ensure you take the time to view our site by going to this awesome link Fundraising in Australia.