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New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« on: April 05, 2010, 20:50 »
Pooks has posted an interesting document: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?p=377808

A "hat write up" is an instruction manual for someone tasked with what most of us would call a "job," "responsibility," "chore," etc.  Hubbard was fanatical about leaving very detailed instructions for the things people had to do to run an org, The Apollo (his ship), the sea Org, even his personal affairs.  I've heard there are very detailed instructions on how to do his laundry, though I've never seen them.  He was said to detest scents, so his laundry had to be rinsed a number of times to remove any scent from the detergent, ah, but I'm going off-track a bit here.

This lovely <gag> piece of work was written by a Dennis Neglsy, OT Ambassador, Org Officer, and most importantly, Event Fundraiser for San Francisco.

The New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up is pretty long, so I won't copy it all over here, but there were some things I found interesting in it.  Apparently there are more related files here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5mzkqdogzqj

Despite the fact that the author calls the document "New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up," he goes on to say:

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I am not trying to write-up how to raise funds for a new building. That is very well covered in issues by International Management and anyone involved with building fundraising should get a copy of INT RESERVES ED 725 ORG BUILDING FUNDRAISING PROGRAM and INT RESERVES ED 726 HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY PURCHASE AND RENOVATE YOUR ORG. Our successful actions in San Francisco to raise funds to purchase a new org building were based on these EDs and on LRH references.

He continues on to talk about what type of fundraiser to hold, saying that there are two types they hold, auctions and inspirational.  He dismisses the auction type as being too much trouble:

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We found the second category, the “IAS style” fundraisers, much more successful. There are a number of reasons. First, auctions involve MEST and MEST is a problem. It has to be donated, it has to be collected, it has to be auctioned off, and the persons getting auctioned items have to take them home. Our first big fundraiser was an auction. It took two months to prepare, with massive collections & transportation logistics. It was a lot of fun and we raised $25,000, which to us was a lot in the early days, but it also took two months to collect the money. By comparison, inspirational “IAS style” fundraisers surpass auction fundraising in money raised, with a fraction of the effort in preparations.

He says about auctions (where one actually gets something for their money):

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I’m not saying that auctions don’t raise money… they do, but what I am saying is that for the amount of money you get back for the amount of time and effort put in, it’s not really worth it.

He also (amusingly) says that auctions put the audience's (mark's) attention on MEST (scientology's word for material and worldly things - stands for Matter, Energy, Space, and Time) instead of on the target - Money to buy or renovate a building!

And as one might suspect with a carnival show such as a scientology fund raising event, he advises that there be shills in the audience:

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HAVE DONORS PRE-CLOSED TO DONATE AT KEY POINTS EARLY ON IN THE FUNDRAISING. This is important because when your crowd sees things kick off well they sense they can be part of a winning evening and they participate more readily. Depending on how many pre-closed donors you have, utilize these so that you get the maximum effect of each (at different times) jumping up and saying “I’ll do $______!!!” People go crazy when they see this. Use all of your pre-closed donors within the first half-hour. Use them as “nitrous oxide” to inject super energy into the early part of your event, get games going, to keep the ball rolling, and get some substantial numbers on the board in the first half-hour.

So this is how you end up with people cashing in their retirement accounts, mortgaging their homes, pledging their children's college funds, and giving their last dollar to an Ideal Org building on which no attention to "MEST" was paid before purchase, and then finding out that the building can't be used.  Oh, yes, this has happened somewhere other than Sandy Springs; the building is up for sale now, at a loss: http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,4345.0.html

Here are the items you will need, he says:
  • Lots of LRH quotes on 8 ½ x 11 paper
  • A dry-marker, erasable white board and plenty of new markers in several colors
  • A large picture of LRH.  These must meet LRH standards per LC post policy.
    (I don't know what the last sentence means, but clearly, this picture cannot be just any old picture, it must meet LRH standards - see, I mentioned he left very detailed instructions about everything imaginable.)
  • THE FOLLOWING IS A MUST. WITHOUT THIS YOU WILL BE LOST IN HOW MUCH DONATIONS YOU REALLY GOT AND WHO DID WHAT: You must have “accountants” posted at a table to the side, out of direct view but positioned so they can see the stage and the board.
    (Apparently people attending these fund raisers get so carried away with the excitement, they sometimes make multiple donations, and these must be kept track of, so people don't back out of what they've donated.)
  • Donation forms. These have the name, address, and as many phone contact numbers as
    possible, plus email addresses. These also have multiple lines for multiple donations.  When someone has donated they are routed to the table to fill out their donation form. ...  This also gives a running record of their successive donations during the evening. Don’t total their multiple donations until the end of the evening. It can get confusing when someone donates a number of successive times, especially if they have to use different cards or other sources to fund the full donation.
    (Either that, or they might sh*t a brick when they see how much they've donated, and run out without paying up.)

A few more tidbits:

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A few words here about the Fundraiser himself... Your audience is going to have to be willing to be controlled by this person for a number of hours continuously during a fundraiser ...

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You literally need to get people to step outside of “themselves”… those valences they’ve mocked up and think is them… and do some very courageous donating.

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They are about to be asked for money --- lots of money. If left to their own devices and allowed to donate what they felt was appropriate for them, they would give you a fraction of what you need from them and then they would go home feeling they’d done their part.

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From my experiences as an audience participant and as the Fundraiser, the audience really looks forward to all parts of the event except for being asked for money.

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The truth of the matter is, and this is backed up by many LRH references, that the biggest wins from the event will come from getting the audience to confront and get through their own barriers to donating big --- which gives the big win.

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You always have a young, attractive and smartly dressed young lady as a Board Assistant who hands the donor the dry-marker pen and who is in charge of the dono board.

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HAVING SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF BIG DONORS IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAVING A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO CAN ONLY DO $500 EACH.

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See the LRH reference about “Pirates and Bums” in PDC lecture #1. If they can’t afford it they’ll just create the money.

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4. CONDITIONAL: Setting the target. Do the following steps as they apply to your org.

a. If you have an approved building for purchase, find out how much money is needed to buy and renovate the building for the org. (Contact your org Building Expansion I/C or FBO or Cont Landlord Office or the Building Expansion Office Int at the Flag Landlord Office.) Establish this as your target.

b. If you own your building and are renovating it, get an estimate on how much money is needed to renovate the building. (Contact as above to get this data.) This is your target.

c. If you do not have a building approved, do the following steps to estimate the cost of purchasing and renovating a building in your area of at least 25,000 square feet. Set that as your conditional target.

i. Locate the heaviest body traffic area in your org’s field.
ii. Determine which areas of our org’s field are suitable for an org, meaning that the org’s public would want to go there, day or night.
iii.Find out the range of prices for buildings in each area in terms of dollars per square foot. This is what the buildings SOLD for, not what owners are asking for them.
iv. Estimate the cost of a suitable building at least 25-30,000 square feet in each area.
v. Estimate cost of renovations at $80-100 per square foot, depending on whether construction in your area is unusually expensive or not.
vi. Add $200,000 for architect fees and add $200,000 for furnishings, finishings and equipment (computers, e-meters, LRH materials, phone systems, audio-video equipment, and so on.)

There is more, but I think I may have to go be sick now.   ;)
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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010, 11:47 »
Win after win after win? I wonder, if this happened to be forwarded on -- about the way it's been broken down -- the just the right media people etc., if it could lead to some more investigation ...

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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 09:51 »
 The write up while interesting does raise some questions for this poster. As the city of Sandy Springs is currently involved in a lawsuit with the cult(What i think this group is) of scientology here in Georgia over alleged religious persecution, I am quite interested in the 'Square Footage" min/max referred too in the afore mentioned article.

 Is there anywhere within current or past official scientology literature mandating a " Minimum" square footage for an 'Ideal Org" or for those within the cult to deliver these so-called religious services?

 On another note. The cult has been delivering so called religious services within its current location for many years now. As stated in well documented public meetings, One Woodson Galloway of the law firm Dillard and Galloway has said time and again, each cult member needs X amount of square feet to receive/practice this so called religion. Couple those public statements with the admitted cult total membership in the state of Georgia, one sees something very wrong here!

 If so called religious services are "Currently" being met @ the Dunwoody location, why is the "Square Footage" need @ the SS location different?

 

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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010, 00:05 »
Is there anywhere within current or past official scientology literature mandating a " Minimum" square footage for an 'Ideal Org" or for those within the cult to deliver these so-called religious services?

 On another note. The cult has been delivering so called religious services within its current location for many years now. As stated in well documented public meetings, One Woodson Galloway of the law firm Dillard and Galloway has said time and again, each cult member needs X amount of square feet to receive/practice this so called religion. Couple those public statements with the admitted cult total membership in the state of Georgia, one sees something very wrong here!

 If so called religious services are "Currently" being met @ the Dunwoody location, why is the "Square Footage" need @ the SS location different?

Very good questions, ST, and if I find anything that gives a specific number of square footage needed to practice scientology, you can be sure the first place it will go will be to the City Attorney for Sandy Springs.  The second place will be here.

Tomorrow, when my mind is sharper, I may engage in some calculations of people/square feet, as currently practiced, and as they would like to practice.
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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010, 09:52 »
 Currently reviewing SS video footage with VP of sci Bob Adams in it. As i watch the video,s i see nowhere our friend Woodson Galloway gives any factual policy claims as to why the cult needs X amount of sq ft in order to ply its scam. Bob Adams does say,"We have discovered" that X amount of sq ft is needed to deliver serivices.

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010, 10:53 »
 I have NOT found any written policy as to the need for X amount of sq ft in order for scientology to deliver so called religious services.

 I would like to direct those concerned, too view the following Sandy Springs Zoning meeting. Video 1. July 16th-2009.

 One Bod Adams, VP of scientology int is introduced @ 3:18. Here Mr Adams attempts to explain so called church policy? in regards to sq ft needed.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQlfl5UkTUI
 

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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 12:38 »
I don't think there will be a Hubbard policy on the square footage, because even though Hubbard mentioned "Ideal Orgs" in some writing somewhere, I think the concept as it is today is a Miscavige creation.

There is an interesting post on Marty Rathbun's blog by Mike Rinder, which explains the reasoning behind the Ideal Orgs (at least in Rinder's opinion, and he was there in the "Church" when the push for the Ideal Orgs started, so he may have some insight).
http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-real-third-party-by-mike-rinder

In one of the comments, someone posts an email he got about Ideal Org Fundraising:

Quote from: barry Alden  // February 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Idea Org Fundraising is now part of the LRH birthday game, can you believe it?! What ever happened to Saint Hill Size Orgs?! See the email below. BTW, I’ve heard that a lot of these “fundraising events” are things like “bowling for dollars” and “casino night”. LRH must be rolling in his grave.

Dear All,

Here is your weekly update on the official Ideal Org fundraising LRH Birthday 2010 sprint!!!!! This notice brings you officially up to speed on the combined totals since 1 January 2010, encompassing weeks ending 7, 14, 21 and now 28 January! The race has begun! With Seattle and Pasadena now completed with their fundraising, new orgs are stepping up to be the next to take the number one spot!

The top three orgs for the week are:

1ST PLACE: The org to make the first major move towards “next completion” is the unbelievable Ideal Org team in Sacramento, California! They are determined, downright determined to be next – and not only that, they won’t settle for “third completion”, rather they are going to be the “number one fastest org” to ever round up its wherewithal! Fastest ever – that’s their goal. They got off to a smokin’ start, putting on an event this weekend that nailed $1.2 million in cash & pledges, with a healthy chunk of that coming in this week. They are have Ron’s Birthday in their sights for their completion date, the next org fully done! Hats off to Sacramento, they have begun their completion drive!

2ND PLACE: Coming in at second place is the Ideal Org fundraising team in Las Vegas! They are 10 days away from their grand opening, and urgently putting together the last of their wherewithal. Help from Humanitarians abroad is needed. Nonetheless, the locals are pulling together for the final sprint to completion. With all they have to pull off – don’t be surprised this org dominates the standings this week and threatens the record for highest ever raised in one week by one org in history! Following their guaranteed w/ending 4 February 2010 victory, we will celebrate the opening of this new org at their Grand (UL) Opening(UL) on the 6th of February! See you there!

3RD PLACE: Riding up into third place for the week is the Mountain View Ideal Org team! Go Mountain View! This team is big think and does best around birthday season — massive expansion, and what would be greater than a new Ideal Org in the heart of the Silicon Valley!!! So watch out competition, this team can heat up in a hurry!

OFFICIAL “LEAGUE” AND “OVERALL” STANDINGS:

LEAGUE COMPETITION:
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WEEKLY: CUMULATIVE:
——————- ——————-
LEAGUE 1) LEAGUE 1)
1. SACRAMENTO 1. SACRAMENTO $370,451
2. LAS VEGAS 2. LAS VEGAS $140,065
3. MOUNTAIN VIEW 3. PORTLAND $76,204
4. PORTLAND 4. MOUNTAIN VIEW $37,835
5. ORANGE COUNTY 9. ORANGE COUNTY $4,730
8. TWIN CITIES 11. TWIN CITIES $1,823

LEAGUE 2) LEAGUE 2)
9. DENVER 8. KANSAS CITY $4,826
11. VALLEY 10. SAN DIEGO $3,464
14. KANSAS CITY 12. AUSTIN $1,757
17. AUSTIN 13. VALLEY $1,310
18. SAN DIEGO 14. DENVER $908
20. ST LOUIS 20. ST LOUIS $60

LEAGUE 3) LEAGUE 3)
10. ALBUQUERQUE 15. PHOENIX $838
12. SANTA BARBARA 16. HAWAII $430
13. PHOENIX 17. SANTA BARBARA $312
15. HAWAII 18. ALBUQUERQUE $280
19. SALT LAKE CITY 19. SALT LAKE CITY $125

LEAGUE 4) LEAGUE 5)
6. LOS GATOS 5. SAN FRANCISCO $17,956
7. STEVENS CREEK 6. STEVENS CREEK $9,063
16. SAN FRANCISCO 7. LOS GATOS $5,929

OVERALL(UL) STANDINGS (ALL LEAGUES COMBINED):
———————————————
WEEKLY: CUMULATIVE:
——————- ——————-
1. SACRAMENTO 1. SACRAMENTO
2. LAS VEGAS 2. LAS VEGAS
3. MOUNTAIN VIEW 3. PORTLAND
4. PORTLAND 4. MOUNTAIN VIEW
5. ORANGE COUNTY 5. SAN FRANCISCO
6. LOS GATOS 6. STEVENS CREEK
7. STEVENS CREEK 7. LOS GATOS
8. TWIN CITIES 8. KANSAS CITY
9. DENVER 9. ORANGE COUNTY
10. ALBUQUERQUE 10. SAN DIEGO
11. VALLEY 11. TWIN CITIES
12. SANTA BARBARA 12. AUSTIN
13. PHOENIX 13. VALLEY
14. KANSAS CITY 14. DENVER
15. HAWAII 15. PHOENIX
16. SAN FRANCISCO 16. HAWAII
17. AUSTIN 17. SANTA BARBARA
18. SAN DIEGO 18. ALBUQUERQUE
19. SALT LAKE CITY 19. SALT LAKE CITY
20. ST LOUIS 20. ST LOUIS
Let’s do it for Ron for his birthday, an unprecedented Ideal Org Expansion explosion!!!

Yes, new Ideal Orgs opening up back to back to back!

Good luck to you and your team!

Much Love – The Official Scorekeeper
WE CAN COMPLETE THE CREATION OF OUR IDEAL ORG!
MAKE A DONATION TODAY OR MOVE UP TO YOUR NEXT STATUS.
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I don't understand the strange formatting, but I also don't see Atlanta (Sandy Springs) on there - Atlanta must be their "dirty little secret," being defeated by the "SPs" and "wogs" as it is.   :D

Here's a fundraiser video from Montreal, for any who would like to see one of these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeihphUeXVs

Just Bill from the Ask the Scientologist Blog has an article about this situation as well: http://askthescientologist.blogspot.com/2008/05/scientologys-new-buildings.html

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     With the LRH Birthday Event of 2009, David Miscavige has announced he will be partially funding many of the "new buildings". This is very significant. Never before has Miscavige offered to pay for anything -- once money went into his church's accounts, it never came back. Now this has suddenly changed! Of course, over the coming years, he will get all that back and much more because of the expensive leases, but still, what's up?

    This change of fundamental operating procedure means one very significant thing: The "Ideal Org" campaign has been an abysmal failure. We've all seen it, the struggling churches, the huge empty buildings, it has been, as we predicted, a total failure. A very visible total failure. Miscavige hopes, with this infusion of money, to make his plan succeed. Indeed, more buildings will undoubtedly be purchased. Indeed, some of those will open. Then what? Miscavige has the preposterous idea that all he has to do is create this pretty façade, and people will forget what the Church of Scientology really is, forget what the church is really doing.

    Too late. A very pretty scam is still a scam. People know that the Church of Scientology is a scam. They won't be fooled by Miscavige's movie-set fakery.

The local parishioners have been conned out of millions of dollars under the misapprehension they were helping their local church. Instead, they've greatly increased Miscavige's wealth, while burdening their local church with more expenses--the new buildings cost substantially more to maintain! The end result of all the parishioner's hard work is that the local church's struggle for survival becomes much harder.

But that's not all! Understand the magnitude of this betrayal: International Management can sell the building right out from under the local church, take the money and run, and the local church, and the parishioners who paid for that building could do nothing to stop them.
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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2010, 18:57 »
ether: I don't see Nashville on there, either, and I am thinking that this is a message intended specifically for West Coast Scienos. I am vaguely remembering some info from WWP ages ago where someone detailed "areas of influence" that were bundled together, e.g. West Coast, East Coast, Northeast, Midwest, etc.

I may be misremembering, but the absence of Atlanta and Nashville (and Boston, NYC, etc.) in this email are not as comforting to me as they might have been at first glance.
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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2010, 16:07 »
Marc Headley mentions in 'Blown for Good' that he had to learn WUS from EUS (Western/Eastern United States). My guess is you are dead-on about these records being just the western states...

'til next time;
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2010, 17:12 »
Ah, wynot, that may be where I read it.
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Re: New Org Building Fundraising Events Hat Write Up
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2010, 21:09 »
ether: I don't see Nashville on there, either, and I am thinking that this is a message intended specifically for West Coast Scienos. I am vaguely remembering some info from WWP ages ago where someone detailed "areas of influence" that were bundled together, e.g. West Coast, East Coast, Northeast, Midwest, etc.

I may be misremembering, but the absence of Atlanta and Nashville (and Boston, NYC, etc.) in this email are not as comforting to me as they might have been at first glance.

You and wynot are probably right.  (Why couldn't you have let me have my dream?   :D  j/k )
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2010, 22:27 »
Now I feel like I bit the ears off your chocolate Easter Bunny. *hugs ether* I sowwy.
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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2010, 22:43 »
You have a way with words, Lor!

I lol'd.
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2010, 10:01 »
*hugs ether* I sowwy.

 Ether? LOL.

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2010, 17:49 »
Now I feel like I bit the ears off your chocolate Easter Bunny. *hugs ether* I sowwy.

s'awright.  Chocolate Easter bunny is long gone by now.

prrrr... 
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