Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is a classic fundraiser , but it is classic for a reason: It’s remarkably easy and it is a near sure-fire money-maker. For those who are unfamiliar with how to run a successful spaghetti dinner fundraiser, don’t worry, there’s not much to know.

Dinner Invitation

The Agitator

Back on 24 August I received my dinner invitation from ‘friend’ Hillary Clinton. Actually, of course, it was a pitch to offer up my contact info to go into a draw that might win me dinner with the candidate on the campaign trail … Friend — I’d like to get to know you, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than sitting down to dinner together.

The dinner party we really should be having

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A couple of years ago, I was invited to an unusual dinner party. This was my introduction to the Jeffersonian Dinner. Ready to have that dinner party? (This is a post I wrote for LinkedIn and wanted to share!).

Facing Social Change at the Dinner Table


For me, social change can be as simple as the inspiration that sits across from you at the dinner table. My dad, Scott Rampy, is a free agent advocate, activist, and fundraiser working to end multiple sclerosis. He’s also humble.

Invite Your Person(a) to Thanksgiving Dinner

Getting Attention

The past few weeks have been busy speaking- and webinar/seminar-wise, with a focus on the secret to messaging that connects — understanding the folks you hope to engage and motivate to act. That’s my rap of late: because it’s so important but so often overlooked. Knowing what matters to your network (a.k.a. target audiences), and how they live their lives, is your key to engaging and motivating them. But knowing your network is vital for reasons far beyond effective marketing.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Melanie Swiftney

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– We have a lot of community events over lunch and dinner that often make the day longer, but I typically leave the office at 5pm. I exercise before my husband gets home, then we eat dinner while watching a show on Netflix. Melanie Swiftney.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sarah Tarnopolsky

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3:45 – 4:00 pm – An afternoon cup of tea and an energy ball, as I know I won’t eat dinner until late tonight. Then I eat dinner (leftovers from the night before), do the dishes (also left over from the night before), watch a little TV and head to bed to read. Sarah Tarnopolsky.

10 Qualities You Need To Become A Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you telling the story in front of a group of 100 people, at an intimate dinner, or during a Twitter Q&A tweet chat? Storytelling is not only a fantastic way to relate to other humans on a personal level, it is also a fantastic marketing and fundraising tool for nonprofits.

Business Sponsors Are Awesome

A Small Change

Verbal recognition during dinner and name and logo displayed during live auction. It’s just that simple.

It’s Time to Retire the Reception

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Fancy dinner. They can buy themselves dinner. Wine and cheese tasting. Reception. What do all these events have in common? They are generic. Any nonprofit can host these events. They are not special to your donors. They are not especially meaningful.

Stop shaming your supporters!


It’s very lonely being a CEO so I like to get together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with my pals so we can blow off steam and share fresh ideas. So I’m out having lunch with one of my fellow CEO buddies. I do that a lot.

5 Ways to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofits spend countless hours — and considerable money — to stage gala dinners, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, and other events that aim to draw attention to their work and rally their supporters to give to their organizations.

10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

Charity dinner. If you’re a 501(c)3 organization, many grocery stores will donate gift cards you can use to purchase supplies for your charity dinner. When your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option. The huge funds generated by these events can be used for a single project or the ongoing operations of your charitable organization.

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How many ways can you say “thank you” to a donor?


Invite them to participate in an exclusive dinner, lunch or event that proves impact or provides other benefits (such as a sense of community). According to an article in the Journal of Economic Psychology saying thank you can actually have a negative effect on your relationship with a supporter. The researcher notes that gifts, in particular, “reduce feelings of altruism ” causing your expression of gratitude to backfire in your face.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Amie Bennight

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Or a good conversation for dinner chat with husband. What’s for dinner? Amie Bennight. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Want to be featured in this series?

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5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads


They could be… [pick one… eating dinner, playing golf, sleeping, working, reading, meeting with another charity, etc.].” Here are 5 proven reasons why fundraisers won’t call their leads to ask for donations: Fear of rejection: This is the most common reason for call reluctance. It’s simple and basic. No one likes to be rejected but it is part of your job. Just reach out. Nine out of ten times, your hot lead will be glad you did.

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How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During my time at The Chronicle of Philanthropy , I received thousands of releases from organizations about annual dinners, fundraising events, and award recipients. For example, think about what makes your annual dinner unique.

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What’s Wrong with Storytelling for Fundraising


Little Susie didn’t get breakfast today and she won’t get dinner either because her mom is on drugs and her dad is in prison.). I get it! I get it! Tell stories! There’s been a lot of talk about storytelling for fundraising recently.

A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For the campaign focused on your annual dinner, you might decide that an interview with your guest speaker on a morning radio show two weeks before the event will help drive attendance and donations.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Menucha Saitowitz

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– I always bring lunch from home, though more often than not it’s leftovers from last night’s dinner or a salad I throw together on the spot. Menucha Saitowitz.

Is Your Event On-Brand?

Mission Minded

Yours might be a five-course fundraising dinner, or it might be a casual Christmas party at a colleague’s home. This time of year, nonprofit organizations often celebrate their important work (and their coworkers) with parties or other special events.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Stacy Harbaugh

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Leave work around 5 or 6pm for a relaxing night at home or meet up with my girlfriend for dinner and talk about our day. Stacy Harbaugh.

6 tips to help board members work a room

Fundraising Coach

Last night, I was asked for some tips to help my fellow board members with a fundraising dinner on Thursday. “What do you do when you’re not at an anti-trafficking dinner?” The dinner program will do that.

6 Ways to Train All-Org Messengers

Getting Attention

Flickr: Chip Griffin. The pressure is on to connect and mobilize your people as the world in which we work grows increasingly complex, crowded, and uncertain. Why not recruit folks already connected with your organization to help as marketing and fundraising ambassadors?

10 Tips for Getting Your Op-Ed Placed

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As a result, a piece about why people should support your organization or attend your fundraising dinner isn’t likely to fly. A well-placed op-ed can help your nonprofit call attention to an important issue or change minds about a controversial topic.

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More Than Words: Why Visuals Are Critical in Pitching Your Story

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Peter Panepento. If you have been reading our blog the last year, you will probably recognize Peter Panepento. Peter is the principal at Panepento Strategies , a full-service content, digital, and social strategy firm for nonprofits and socially-minded companies.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristina Kelly

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

After dinner, I’ll open my laptop to monitor for any social media activities, trending hashtags, and reply to any unanswered emails. Kristina Kelly.

True or False? A Quick Guide to Understanding Journalism Ethics

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Knowing the rules can also help you set the right expectations when you do something as simple as offer complimentary admission to reporters at your annual fundraising dinner. True or false: I can offer a reporter free admission to our annual dinner.

Lifus Interruptus!

The Agitator

They are busy living their lives, taking care of kids, watching TV, worrying about their jobs or retirement security or next date, cheering for their team, planning vacations, grocery shopping for tonight’s dinner. How often does your donor think about you? Don’t kid yourselves folks, most of your donors never think about your organization spontaneously!

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristen Olsen

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4:30 pm: Fill out my timesheet, reorganize my desk, and head home to make dinner and get ready for the gym. Kristen Olsen. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.

4 Ways to Use Social Media to Strengthen Donor Relationships

J Campbell Social Marketing

Once when I went out to a very nice dinner with my husband, the owner came over to our table and asked us how we liked the food. Donor retention (how many donors continue to give to your organization after their first gift) is at an all-time low. It’s abysmal and worrisome.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kallie Rollenhagen

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– I do a quick workout at home (still recovering from knee surgery, so no running yet, just weights), then make dinner around 5 pm. Kallie Rollenhagen.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kate Edgerton

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I’ll leave work at around 5 pm to make myself some dinner and go for a quick run in preparation for a fundraiser 5k I’m participating in next month.

How to Become a Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

J Campbell Social Marketing

Are you telling the story in front of a group of one hundred people, at an intimate dinner, or during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session? In my last post, I described some of the benefits of combining the powerful one-two punch of great stories and social media.

Still Time! Turn Colleagues into Powerful Year-End Fundraisers

Getting Attention

Define a clear and narrow goal for your team of messengers—It could be talking up your year-end campaign to friends and family over holiday dinners or urging their peeps to give the moment a last-minute leading gift comes in the door. We’re counting down to the year-end giving finish line. Are you banging your head against the wall yet? Joking aside, it may seem like your team’s hard work and limited resources aren’t enough. Yet you know how much you could bring in, if only….

What’s Your Ideal Week Like? Here’s Mine.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Some people also schedule lunch and dinner. Leadership and productivity guy Michael Hyatt talks about planning your ideal week so that you can schedule your actual work weeks in a way that hopefully approximates what you want your life to look like.

PR Pick-Up Lines: Starting a Relationship With Your Favorite Reporter

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You’re not going to try to sell him a story idea or get her to come to your annual dinner. When was the last time you reached out to a reporter without a story to pitch?

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Good fundraising practices I learned from my cat

Get Fully Funded

Missy knows what she wants and every afternoon, she waits in her usual spot for her dinner. Gotta go – Missy is ready for her dinner! Missy is one of four cats that live here with us. We adopted her from a local shelter about 10 years ago and she’s a sweetie.

Ep181: Omni Hotels Books Meals for Needy with "Say Goodnight to Hunger"

Selfish Giving

This action-triggered donation program feeds a family of four dinner for an entire week whenever guests book a stay directly at

I Told You It Would Never End!

The Agitator

Exactly two weeks ago I ‘boasted’ of my invitation to have dinner with Hillary Clinton … all I had to do was provide some further info about myself.