PCV Council candidate raises $50G

Photo courtesy of Keith Powers

Photo courtesy of Keith Powers

City Council candidate and Peter Cooper Village resident Keith Powers announced on Wednesday that he surpassed the qualifications required for New York City’s campaign finance program, which measures local support for a candidate.

Since announcing his campaign on June 2, Powers has raised $50,077. The contributions came from 258 individuals and far surpasses the in-district contributions required by the New York City Campaign Finance Board. The average in-district contribution is $145.85.

Powers is now eligible to receive $100,100 in campaign funds from the Campaign Finance Board, which will bring his total raised to $150,177.

“My campaign will always be about our local community and I am proud to have the overwhelming support of East Siders,” Powers said. “This is a grassroots effort that is supported by average New Yorkers and small contributions.”

Powers is running to replace Dan Garodnick in the 4th City Council District.

The candidate, 32, is the vice president of lobbying/consulting firm Constantinople & Vallone. He is also a community activist, filling volunteer roles at Community Board Six, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, the Kips Bay Neighborhood Association and the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

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If you need to raise money, then read this man’s book

Sept24 Raising Money bookBy Sabina Mollot

Ask anyone who has ever had to raise money for an important project or worthy cause what doing so was like and you may end up hearing tales of dealing with rampant stinginess, control freak donors, competition with others in need of funds and just overall difficulty getting big contributions in a post-recession world.

Fortunately, for anyone who may still have to do this, anyway, a Stuyvesant Town resident who consults on capital campaigns and teaches the topic of fundraising, has written a book on how to hone this particular skill.

The book, How to Raise Money for Good and Worthy Causes ($19, Penn Square Publishing) by Daniel P. Butler, was released last month in paperback on Amazon and in the NYU bookstore.

How to Raise Money is part how-to, part memoir, since it includes some personal stories about how Butler’s raised millions in funds, and also some basic facts about how the process works.

Making an effective pitch, for example, will be a challenge when there are similar organizations or projects in need out there.

In terms of competition, “If you’re in New York City, it’s a ferocious environment,” said Butler. “There are lots of hospitals. There are 12 museums. You have to give them examples of what’s unique.”

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