Donation & Fundraising Requests
Smudge no longer provides individual items for fundraising events, such as for draws, silent auctions, etc. We can, however, assist non-profit organizations with a fundraising Paint Night event. See below!
Fundraise by hosting a Paint Night with Smudge!
Smudge is happy to assist your non-profit organization with your fundraising event!
Here is how it works:
Smudge is able to host one fundraising Paint Night Event each annual quarter (i.e.:Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, Oct-Dec) for a total of four fundraisers per year. Due to overwhelming requests, we are able to assist an organization only once in a twelve month period. Non-profit organizations are welcome to apply. Each application and carefully considered and not all applications are approved. See application details below.
Each workshop is hosted for two hours and we require that a minimum of 25 artists be registered at least two weeks prior to your chosen event date. You set the selling price for your event (min. $50 to any upper limit you would like), and Smudge will take care of all of the registrations (online), a Facebook Page Event with your organization as the co-host, all supplies, set up in your location, superb instruction, assistants (dependent upon quantity of artists) and even clean up. Because of this, we charge $25 per artist from that price that you set, as well as a mileage fee for events outside of a 10km radius of Smudge. The remaining balance will donated to your organization via cheque no later than one week after the workshop. For example, if you choose a price of $65 per artist, you would receive $40 per artist (seriously!!)! There is a $100 non-refundable deposit should your application be approved. This deposit will go towards the total fees due, however, if the fundraiser does not get enough participants and, therefore, does not run, you will lose your deposit ... so spread the word and get people registered! We are able to accommodate a maximum of 70 artists at a venue if your choice. You are responsible for finding a venue to host your event (see venue notes below).
There are no physical tickets to sell as all purchases will be processed online via our website. Purchasers do not need to have a PayPal account, however they will require a valid credit card. As we are taking care of the workshop itself, it is your responsibility to market this event as much as possible and to send people to our website to purchase their tickets.
As there is a lot of organization involved, we recommend organizing your event 6-8 weeks in advance to give people enough notice, and so that it is a profitable endeavour for you.
To apply, please provide all of the following information below to Smudge. Smudge reviews these requests at the beginning of March, June, September and December for the following annual quarter. Requests will not be followed up on until all of the following is received:
1) A letter from the organization with fundraising request to be emailed to owner, Paije Ottoson, with full contact information and details. There should be some sort of proof that you are qualified to represent the organization in a formal manner (we are not able to assist individuals with fundraising for events - only non-profit organizations directly).
2) Emailed proof of non-profit status (there is usually a certificate or non-profit number).
Venue notes: The venue must be aware that we use acrylic paint and that it can stain. We will need all tables/chairs set up and covered upon our arrival so that we are able to set up for your event (approximately one hour prior to the event start time). We will also need 30 min to 1 hour after your event to clean up and take down. The venue must have access to water and a sink.