Libraries, YMCA's, Animal Shelters, Thrift Stores, etc.
This page focusses on libraries. But the information applies to all local non-profit organizations with their own floor space such as those listed in the title above. There are other non-profit organizations that have their own floor space which have their own pages. They include museums, zoos, planetariums, arboretums, and other public locations, churches, and schools.
As you read through this information, you can apply the ideas and suggestions to your own organization and floor space.
Grant Funding for Libraries from Project Kindness
From Steve Divnick, Inventor and Manufacturer of Spiral Wishing Wells: This library page and program was developed to compliment the thousands of "Save Our Library" groups that are springing up all over the country. Many library budgets are being slashed by as much as 50%. A Wishing Well will not replace all the budget shortfall, but it will sure help, and it will also attract more supporters and friends. It is our privilege to provide a product that generates so much money from people who have a big smile on their faces as they make the donation. And with the grants we have secured, this is a great time to get a Well.
ProjectKindness.org has stepped up in a big way with a Grant Fund to help with this program. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this fund while it lasts. Please review the details below.
If you love your library, you can give the gift that keeps on giving...for many years to come! This is a wonderful gift in these challenging economic times. Libraries are in great need of additional funding as their traditional sources of revenue are drying up.
As illustrated in the accompanying photo, you can sponsor a Well "In honor of" or "In memory of" a person who has made a significant contribution to the library or the community.
Spiral Wishing Wells have raised over $1 billion for libraries and other non-profit organizations throughout the world since 1985.
Children and parents love to watch coins spin around in circles at eye-blurring speeds seeming to defy the laws of gravity as they descend the nearly vertical walls of the funnel until they finally disappear into the locked base.
|“We have had a wishing well for several years, and raise $1200 to $2000 per year with it. We have used the money for a new building campaign, but when that is completed, the money will go to our children’s materials and programming.”
Champaign Public Library, Champaign Illinois
|At special promoted events where people are encouraged to bring all their loose change from home, even larger amounts can be raised. The one day record is $7,352.39! We provide step-by-step strategies for events like this when a Well is first placed in the library and introduced to the community.|
Science Demonstrations: While Spiral Wishing Wells are earning money, they are also teaching science. Be sure to check out our Student Guide* about tornados, whirlpools, funnel physics, planetary orbits, and nature’s gravity wells. Libraries can copy and use any of the pictures or descriptions on our website. They can loan their Well to science teachers, or invite them to bring their class to the library and conduct some of the funnel experiments. This is a great way to familiarize children with the library. (*All links in this middle column open in new browser windows so you won't lose your place on this page.)
Better than an endowment fund: Because Wells generate so much money, they are better than an endowment fund that is tied to the stock market. And it is a bonus that they are also educational. This is an exceptional opportunity to make a lifetime gift to your local or school library.
Additional Sponsorship Revenue
In addition to coin revenue, local companies provide additional money in the form corporate sponsorships as illustrated in these pictures.
They do this in exchange for getting their name on the Wells. Being associated with a library and reading books is a valuable community relations opportunity for companies, and they can’t get better advertising than having their “Sponsored by” logo and message on a Well in the library.
We will help the library line up this additional yearly revenue with a step-by-step strategy.
Click here to see a 1-page template that you can send or hand to friends and supporters inviting them to sponsor a Well. This is the FASTEST way to get an individual or family sponsor. Some libraries have gotten a sponsor within an hour of sending this out! (this link opens in a separate browser window)
"We have had two Spiral Wishing Wells since 1995. We raised about $2300 the first year in a campaign to re-carpet the library. One of the Wells is in the Children's Area and the other is near the Circulation Desk. We have funded special projects such as our Building Expansion Campaign completed in 2005, equipment for Youth Services, programming, etc. Even though the Wells are no longer new to the library, they still raise lots of money and the children love watching coins whirl through the funnel.”
Cost and Grants
We NEVER receive any splits or portion of the coin revenue. 100% of the funds raised go to the name or project listed on the sign above the Well (which is easy to change as needed...it just slips in under the plastic). The commercial cost of Two and Three-Footers is $1,995 plus $100 for color. Seven-Footers are $6,995 plus $200 for color, but too large for most churches and not as portable for the loan option. Most churches get Three-Footers.
Although the formal Project Kindness Grant Program has ended, since they still have some money in their fund, we have asked them if they will continue to provide the grants for libraries until the fund is completely depleted. They have agreed. So if you want one or more Wells for your library, we can still get the grants for you, at least for a while. They are paying $500 grants toward the purchase of Two and Three-Footers (which makes your share $1,495 plus $100 for color), and $1,000 for Seven-Footers (which makes your share $5,995 plus $200 for color). The grant is paid up front, so you don’t have to wait for it. It is as simple as entering the $500 deduction on the order form linked below.
Sizes: Most libraries get Three-Footers. They are the most popular size, so we are able to pass the production savings on to the library resulting in the same cost as the Two-Footers. If the library doesn't have enough floor space, then the Two-Footers can raise just as much money as the large Wells. The coins race as fast in the larger Well, they just don't have as many of the slower initial revolutions.
Quantities: The grants are typically limited to "1 per library". However, if you want more than one, as long as they have available funds and you have a good place to put the second Well, or if you actively rent it out, they will extend the grants to multipl Wells.
What is Included: Each Well includes everything the library needs to put it into immediate service, including a generic sign into which you can insert the library name under the "Proceeds go to" phrase. It even comes with a padlock and 2 keys. See the FAQ's below for more details about the options.
Rental Options: You can supplement the income by renting your Well to local churches, schools, and charities. The standard rental rate is 50%. Rotating it out to other venues helps keep it fresh in yours, and it raises additional money and exposure. In fact, renting out a Well can be even more profitable than keeping it in your library. If desired, you can even provide brochures or coupons to be passed out by the borrowing church, school, or charity that promote the library. Also, we would love to be able to refer rental inquiries from your area to you. So if you choose to rent your Well to other local charities, be sure to let us know. Click here for more rental details. We have all the items you need.
Mini-Well Toy Income: When people drop coins into the toy, they will want one for themselves since they make a great gift, and are fantastic for show-and-tell. You can take advantage of this by giving them away FREE for a $25 or greater donation and raise money that way. You can read more about this here.
7 Wells at Buck's County Free Library System, Doylestown PA
"The Bucks County Free Library has a wishing well in each of our seven branches. We bought three in December 2012. They were so successful that we saved up and got four more the following April. The kids love to drop in coins and watch them spiral downward. It helps parents to have a fun activity to do with their children right before they head home.
Martina Kominiarek, CEO
Betsy Hafer, Finance Administrator for the Library System added, "Fund raising is really challenging. Wishing Wells are low-hanging-fruit."
Click here to see our Student Guide of educational elements. Feel free to copy and use freely.
Quick Reference Links
- Click here to read more about public installations including how a single Well has generated over $1 million!
- Click here to see a list of public institutions in the United States with Spiral Wishing Wells.
- Click here to see a list of international institutions with Wells.
If you have any questions about sponsoring a Well for your library, please don't hesitate to contact us. Click here to inquire by email, or call Steve Divnick directly at 1-937-985-5863 (Eastern USA Time Zone, Same as New York).
Ready to sponsor or order? If you are ready to order a Well, please click here to view and print the special library order form (PDF).
We look forward to serving you and helping you provide a great way to help support your local library.
Q: Who is responsible for the sponsorship plate?
A: Not every sponsor wants the recognition, perhaps preferring to do it anonymously. But if you want a plate, we can make and affix a brass-like vinyl plate for you $25, or you can have it made locally at a trophy shop or store like "Things Remembered", although they typically charge $75 or more. Of course, this can also be made and affixed at a later time. If you want us to make it for you, please let us know what you want it to say and we will reply with confirmation about how to add it to your order form. (see above contact options)
Q: Who makes the corporate sponsorship sign?
A: Again, we can make the sponsorship signs, but most companies have them made by their local own sign maker. We recommend a simple 12" diameter 1/8" thick plastic sign with common 4-color digital vinyl printing like the one shown here. The sponsorship signs are easily bolted to the door on the base. This allows them to be changed from year to year.
Q: Are there any other requirements to qualify for the Project Kindness Grant?
A: Libraries are pre-qualified. You do not need to fill out an application, and there are no reporting requirements. However, the order form must be copied on library or "friends of" letterhead, and the Well must be shipped directly to the library.
Q: What is the shipping cost?
A: Click here to see the shipping rates.
If you are ready to place an order, please click here to see the PDF library order form. Otherwise, please let us know if you have any questions using the contact options in the "Contact Us" section above.