Many carwash owners have lobbied their local cities to curtail non-profit groups having car wash fundraisers. How and why would they do that? Well, carwash fundraisers take away business from a carwash and by using environmental laws and strategies outlined by the regional and national carwash associations, they find ways to lobby the local city code enforcement and storm water discharge regulation folks.
Then, the same carwash owners offer coupon fundraisers where the kids groups sell carwash coupons and they get money for every one that comes into the car wash with a specific coupon, keeping the remainder of the money of course. Most every non-profit group I have ever talked to, has been underwhelmed by this and the amount of money they made.
A group that uses a free online car wash fundraiser book is able to generate generally about $5,000 or more, depending on the size of their groups. Some High School Bands make in excess of $20,000 and up. At the Fixed Site Carwash fundraiser coupon scheme, the same groups make very little, it is akin to a Pizza Place scheduling a fundraiser and donating 20% of all the orders on a certain Tuesday night.
Our non-profit groups need money and kids need to learn that money does not come easy. Look, here is the deal, we either teach kids that money does not grow on trees, hard work ethic is paramount, working together in a common cause is the right thing to do and keep our kids involved in positive things NOW or we pay for rehabs, police, courts, jails and prisons LATER.
It is time that we used common sense when dealing with the environment rules and regulations in America and think about exactly what we are doing before we allow businesses to lobby rules that hurt the community. Sincerely, Lance.