Most people think that if they have any fundraising event, it has to be a gala. But they don’t understand the strategy behind it, or don’t have a strong enough foundation to make it successful.
In this post we’ll talk about some of the biggest issues people come across when trying to plan a large fundraising event (specifically galas and banquets), and how you can turn these challenges into strengths as you plan your next event.
While most of us have seen a silent auction done before or have a basic idea of what they are, silent auctions are one of those things that can be a ton of work or turn your event into a hot mess if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Sounds scary right? Now, I’m not trying to talk you out of having one. Quite the opposite, actually.
Silent auctions are a great way to build new relationships in your community and bring in some extra money for your fundraiser.
Here I’m sharing my top tips on how to organize any kind of silent auction. Whether you’re using paper tracking, credit card swiping, or auction software, here the foundational tips to creating a successful auction.
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.
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!
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.