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UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:33 am
by Tom Nolette
UMaine taking lead in athletic fundraising, reducing need for boosters groups

... Jordan feels the new approach certainly does have the capability of bringing in more money than the individual boosters groups but he warned that the erosion of the boosters groups could have a negative impact.

“The Friends groups gave the members a chance to be more involved with the program. If they don’t feel as much a part of it, it could hurt attendance,” said Jordan. “It remains to be seen. You don’t want to drive people away. You need to bring them in.”

Jordan said the alums looked forward to the Friends of Maine Hockey golf tournament every year but many of them won’t play in the one big annual tournament.

Former UMaine football coach Cosgrove countered by saying, “We had 120 players at our (Friends of Maine Football) tournament last year and maybe only 25 to 30 showed up at this outing (at Belgrade Lakes). We may have lost a big number but it’s a shared revenue and this tournament is a step up from what ours was.”

Cherie Damon, president of the Friends of Maine Hockey, said she isn’t sure if she will stay involved.

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Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:54 am
by TAL1957
Tom Nolette wrote:UMaine taking lead in athletic fundraising, reducing need for boosters groups


Former UMaine football coach Cosgrove countered by saying, “We had 120 players at our (Friends of Maine Football) tournament last year and maybe only 25 to 30 showed up at this outing (at Belgrade Lakes). We may have lost a big number but it’s a shared revenue and this tournament is a step up from what ours was.”

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WOW ! Just W-O-W !! Sad days to be a UMaine alum. We put these folks in these positions WHY ?????

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:19 am
by dunbar
If it brings in more money overall, through a centralized entity, and people can still donate to a specific cause, how is this anything but a good thing?

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:57 am
by Tom Nolette
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Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:50 am
by thebam
dunbar wrote:If it brings in more money overall, through a centralized entity, and people can still donate to a specific cause, how is this anything but a good thing?

The key to this whole thing is that Coaches no longer have to fundraise ( as much?) . They get to do what they were hired to do. Recruit, develop talent and coach on game day. That's my biggest take away. I can still send my check and ask for it to go to baseball. Nothing changes for me.

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:51 am
by thebam
TAL1957 wrote:
Tom Nolette wrote:UMaine taking lead in athletic fundraising, reducing need for boosters groups


Former UMaine football coach Cosgrove countered by saying, “We had 120 players at our (Friends of Maine Football) tournament last year and maybe only 25 to 30 showed up at this outing (at Belgrade Lakes). We may have lost a big number but it’s a shared revenue and this tournament is a step up from what ours was.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/04/s ... rs-groups/
WOW ! Just W-O-W !! Sad days to be a UMaine alum. We put these folks in these positions WHY ?????

Expound on this. What part do you not like? I think the overall health of the Athletic program will improve.

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:55 am
by bulldog
Dunbar and Bam,
Agree with the both of you....if more moeny is raised yet people can still designate monies to the program(s) of their choice and it allows coaches to do more of what they are hired to do, coach, then it is a no lose concept. I would think that the coaches would still be involved, but to a much lesser extent.

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:50 pm
by dunbar
A lot of the outrage related to this stems from the end of Friends of Maine Hockey. Some people are also upset that if they donate to a specific program, the matching funds doesn't necessarily go to the same program, but to where the greatest need is. Others view this as something that hurts the hockey program and only helps football because Cosgrove was the one quoted in the BDN (the irrational dislike for Jack by hockey fans astounds me). What people don't understand is that donations don't necessarily add to a budget, but reduce the need for institutional funds. Any additional money going into the department is a good thing.

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:54 pm
by mainejeff
Jack Cosgrove is now where he belongs.....schmoozing the golf course and cheerleading from the sidelines.

Re: UMaine new shared revenue approach to fundraising

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:19 pm
by TAL1957
thebam wrote: Expound on this. What part do you not like? I think the overall health of the Athletic program will improve.
I'm just thinkin that a lot of donors like being a "Friend" of a specific sport (like you, and I, with UMaine Baseball ?), and won't be as interested in simply donating to UMaine sports in general. Yeah, we can send in the check and specify we'd "like it" to go to baseball, .... but ..... How many of us would just prefer to send it to "Friends of ...... " ??