The Rhinos Are Coming!!! raises funds and awareness for of our Rhinos by staging a spectacular Art Exhibition & Auction Event in Cape Town for 3 months from December 2018. This exhibition will increase tourism and help to protect our Rhinos by combining Business and The Arts, supporting wildlife conservation.
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Describe in detail what your Organisation does:
- The initiative: An organisation raises funds from sponsors to produce a startup herd of sculptures as “teaser ambassadors” to spread the word and appeal for more sponsors. TRAC raised R295,000.00 to build their herd in April 2017.Rhino Ambassadors: We now have a herd of nine painted rhinos funded by nine First Responder Sponsors and another 10 signed up so far.
Outreach Exhibitions: TRAC’s Program started officially in October 2017 when the first eight Rhinos were launched at the V & A Waterfront.
Artists: Hundreds of artists are invited to submit designs for Rhinos. The designs that are selected are displayed on our website. When more than twenty are displayed, sponsors are invited to select their favoured design on a first come first served basis. From then on more and more designs will go on the website and will be selected by sponsors as they sign up.
Our main outreach to artists through our Call For Artists Submissions will start in January 2018 and we expect to have a first selection of Designs posted by early March.
Rhinos are fabricated in batches of ten when we have sponsorship funds to pay for the them.
Painting: When a design is selected, a blank white Rhino will be delivered to the artist who will expedite their design on the surface of the Rhino.
Sponsorship Drive Ongoing: The search for sponsors is ongoing and will continue until October 2018. In this slow economy we need all the help we can get. We are reaching out to our existing partners and sponsors to introduce us to people and companies that they know who might be interested in sponsoring a Rhino. Please consider making such introductions. Our partners and sponsors are dedicated to make this exciting Exhibition a huge success and assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Personal introductions are the best way to sign sponsors. We have a small team on board that are doing cold calls and we are following up on personal introductions. We have a team lined up to spread awareness on social media. Join us in our challenge to sign more sponsors.
Sponsor Rights to use their Rhino: From the time the Rhino is painted until November before Exhibition the sponsor may take possession if he/she so chooses, to use their Rhino to promote their brand at events PR and on social media.
The Exhibition: In November 2018 the Rhinos will be gathered under one roof to prepare them for the Exhibition. The Rhinos will begin to be delivered to their locations the 2nd week in December 2018 and will remain in their spots until Mid March 1019.
Auctions: The finished Rhinos will be posted on our Online Auction as soon as they are painted. People may bid online. There will be a Live Gala Auction Event in April 2019. High value Rhinos which will have been painted by prominent artists will go under the hammer at a splendid venue yet to be revealed.
Proceeds from the Auctions will go to StopRhinoPoaching.com. 100% of the funds raised by StopRhinoPoaching.com. goes to the projects on the front line of poaching to pay for essential equipment, services, ranger packs and ranger training.
How long has your Organisation been operational?
- 2 years
In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?
- Securing sponsorships and securing pro-bono partners.
Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:
- SAVE THE RHINOS.
Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?
- www.stoprhinopoaching.comStop Rhino Poaching is our Sole Beneficiary
If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?
- To gain more momentum and exposure so that we may secure the necessary sponsorships to meet our strategic goals, with one goal in mind … to donate as much money as possible to Stop Rhino Poaching. 100% of the funds that they receive through donations goes towards the training and equipment supplies for our South Africa Rangers.
In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?
- Business operational skills.
Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?
- Ensure that your business plan, project timeline and communication plan is formalised before you go public.Secure as many partners as you can upfront and support your fellow local charities.
Show a sense of community spirit by partnering with like-minded organisations in order to show your audience that your goals are not the most important. Building and uplifting communities is key, no matter what your primary goal is.
If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?
- We have received much resistance due to the sad fact that there have been and still are, many organisations like ours who are later found out to be fake. We have had our work cut out for us proving to the public and potential sponsors & partners that we are legitimate.Charitable organisations need to be audited on a regular basis by Government officials.
Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links
- Prior to our launch to the public, we started a Thundafund campaign and raised R295,000.00 to build our first group of 7 life-sized Rhino Sculptures.
Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?
- Passionate, determined, ever-present.