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Are your beliefs about money sabotaging your fundraising success?

Are your beliefs about money sabotaging your fundraising success?

Money is a fascinating thing because of all the thoughts, feelings, and meaning we attach to it.

In order to meet with sponsors and build profitable relationships to raise money, you first have to cut through all of our own personal money crap that keeps you from achieving your fundraising goals. 

So let's talk about some of the biggest roadblocks on your yellow brick road to fundraising success.

top 5 mistakes to avoid for a successful fundraising event

top 5 mistakes to avoid for a successful fundraising event

Despite what some people will have you believe, there are a ton of ways to create a profitable, sustainable fundraising event. 

While there are endless ways you can succeed, there are also a handful of practices and behaviors that will keep you from achieving your goals. 

This is great news because it means that if you avoid making a few fundamental mistakes, you can be as creative as you want when it comes to actually making money at your event. 


Here are some of the top reasons I see that otherwise good fundraisers end up failing before they really get going.

20 fun fundraising event ideas that aren't a gala)

20 fun fundraising event ideas that aren't a gala)

When people think of fundraising events, usually the first thing that comes to mind is a gala. Which makes sense, considering that most people in the nonprofit world have either been invited to or have attended one.

When people think “gala”, they also think of having 200-400 guests and raising multiple six-figures in one night.

The thing that people don’t talk about enough is that galas usually aren’t something you decide to do, and bam, you’re successful right out of the gate.

My top 10 tips for fast guest registration at your next event

My top 10 tips for fast guest registration at your next event

Today I’m sharing the top tips I use for EVERY SINGLE one of my event welcome tables. In fact, this is the exact checklist that I used to organize a welcome table that checked in 700 guests in 30 minutes! Crazy, right?!

It’s also the way that I organize all of my clients’ registration tables.

So here are the things you need to organize a smooth, easy check in table that will impress your guests and make them love you!

the 3 Things that all successful fundraising events have in common

the 3 Things that all successful fundraising events have in common

I was recently chatting with a friend who is a professional in the nonprofit funder world about events (because what else do you talk about over Indian food?). We got on the topic of how frustrating it can be to see great nonprofits with awesome missions that totally miss the mark when it comes to engaging donors at events.

My friend shared with me three things that they believed every single event should be in order to be successful. And while they were all simple things, and things I definitely help clients to achieve, I’d never actually put them together in that way.

Here are the three things that all successful events have in common, why they’re important, and ideas for how you can incorporate them into your next fundraising event.

Top 5 Signs You Might not be Ready for a Fundraising Event

Top 5 Signs You Might not be Ready for a Fundraising Event

It’s no secret that I love helping organizations put on awesome fundraising events. They’re such a great way for organizations to share their mission and values, grow deeper relationships with their supporters and make new friends that will hopefully jump on the bandwagon in the future.

Let’s not forget of course that you can make thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The epic part- fundraising events give you the opportunity to do all of the above in one go!


So obviously fundraising events are always the way to go and every organization should have one right?

Well, not necessarily.

Questions to ask yourself before planning your next fundraiser

Questions to ask yourself before planning your next fundraiser

Fundraising events are a great way for organizations to build strong relationships with their current supporters, get to know new potential partners, and raise money all in one go!

Having an annual event (or even a few) that your tribe can count on and look forward to also allows you to stay top of mind by having a platform to share the successes you’ve all created together as a community.

Pretty awesome right? Definitely.

But, before you dive right into booking a venue and making invitations, there are a few things to ask yourself first.

The Top Positions You'll Need to Put on a Smooth Auction

The Top Positions You'll Need to Put on a Smooth Auction

If you've never done an auction before, it can be pretty crazy trying to figure out all the necessary pieces. How many volunteers do I need? Who does what?

Here is a quick and easy list of the different positions you might need to make up an auction. These are based on best practices, and will vary in detail based on what you're trying to do at your event.

25 Ways to Promote Your Fundraiser + Build Your List at the Same Time

25 Ways to Promote Your Fundraiser + Build Your List at the Same Time

In order to have any sort of fundraising event, what do you need most? A list of people that you can actually invite to join in!

Here is a list of 25 ways that you can build a list for your next event. The methods listed here skip the whole reaching out to complete strangers who aren’t ready or interested in you or your message.

Any of the things listed here will help you to reach people who want to hear from you, people who want to help. They  will also help you to build strong, lasting relationships that you can use well past your first event.

You don’t have to do them all now, or ever. Just start by choosing a couple that resonate with your personality and your mission.

Let’s get to it!

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