Present:  Ann Reid, Doug Fairbanks, Lillie Johnson, Steve Priest, Bob Findorff. Submitted by Steve Priest.

Year- to- date Annual Fund donations are $12,777.  The thank you letter sent to donors was specific in how the funds have been used.

The  Dr. Susan McManus lecture was attended by only 49 people who gave $1045.  Unfortunately, only one e-blast promoted the event.  It was proposed that a letter will be sent publicizing next year’s speaker. 

Bob Findorff reported on his meeting with Ruth Bannhard of the USF Foundation.  She indicated the following:

  1. Their average gift is higher.   2.  They have a higher percentage of major donors.

She recommended that we do an economic demographic  study and also see what other OLLI groups are doing.  She is willing to help in this process.  

Ara reported that she is planning a Southeast OLLI Conference to be held  inJacksonvilleat theUniversityofNorth Floridafrom July 25 – 27. It was suggested that  John Alari might be a good speaker for this meeting  for his ideas about fundraising for non-profits.

Ara  to generate a list of repeat givers to the Annual Fund and Bob will assist in this project.

Ann will apply for a $5000.00 grant from Gannett Publishing.  She also distributed the Hillsborough County RSVP information as USF is already a sponsoring station. 


Next committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 20.