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.

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. There are many reasons why spaghetti dinner fundraisers are so popular. Of course, it is quite easy to “spice up” a spaghetti dinner fundraiser by offering a different menu.

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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. So he doesn’t say it in his post, but in one year, with two events, no budget, and a handful of volunteers, my dad spearheaded the effort to raise over $250k for the National MS Society–and that was just in his spare time.

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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.

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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. That means everything from reading something outside our regular experience to organizing a Jeffersonian dinner of people who have insights on a topic that matters deeply to our work. Ready to have that dinner party? (This is a post I wrote for LinkedIn and wanted to share!).

Valentines dinner and silent auction fundraiser at Gardner

The Biddery Blog

Valentines dinner and silent auction fundraiser at Gardner Museum The Board of Directors of the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, invite everyone to their special Valentines Dinner Fund Raiser on February 14. Cost is $50 per person, which includes a gourmet dinner, wine with dinner, topped with a flaming dessert served at the table.

Auctions vs. sweepstakes: What’s best for your nonprofit?


Auctions can be a staple of many nonprofit events, such as dinners, galas, and even school fundraisers. But are they the right strategy for your nonprofit

What 8 fundraising experts had to say about taking their events to the next level


Fundraising for an event, whether it’s a fun run, gala, dinner, or 5k, is a staple in the nonprofit community. But, taking these events and adding in social fundraising, ticketing and registration, fundraising minimums, and more can really enhance your event and take it to the next level. Interviews CrowdRise Spotlight

8 event fundraising questions answered


Events, whether they’re endurance-based, a-thons, or even dinners and galas, are often the cornerstone of nonprofit fundraising strategies. And for good reason. They’re a powerful way to bring supporters together for your cause. But when you take your event online and focus on a fundraising first mentality , these events can take on new life

Small wins: How to crush your next peer-to-peer campaign


Like building a house, losing 40 pounds, getting out of debt, or even cleaning up after dinner. Some things in life can seem daunting and overwhelming. And, as it turns out, people who have major success in these areas do so because of little wins, or as someone way smarter than me calls it, “the progress principle

How we innovated nonprofit fundraising fees


Whether it’s renting the hall for your dinner event, the fee your bank charges for the organization’s checking account, or even the gas you burn on the way to the bank to cash all those gala checks, there is little fundraising that can be done 100% free of costs. There have always been costs associated with nonprofit fundraising.

What “Wheel of Fortune” Can Teach You About Your Brand

Mission Minded

We didn’t spend every dinner in front of the TV, but when we did, I loved to solve the puzzle. I grew up watching the television show “Wheel of Fortune.” I loved Pat Sayjak. I loved filling in the blanks. Now that I look back on it, I think it’s possible those early word puzzle […]. Blog Nonprofit Branding

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. Whether your event is conventional or inventive, public or private, it needs to be on-brand for […]. Blog Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Messaging

9 Great Fundraising Ideas for When Everything Else Hasn’t Worked

Fundraiser Ideas

Spaghetti Dinner – With donations from local grocery stores, money raised from a spaghetti dinner can be almost entirely profit for your group. Advertise your dinner heavily and have members presell tickets so you know how much to prepare before the event. Related posts: How to Plan a Great Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Fundraising is critical to your organization.

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Handling Anxiety When You Are Busy #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But there are still emails that need to be written, Zoom meetings that need to be attended, dinner that needs to be cooked, homework that needs to be checked, and on and on and on. Show of hands – Who is busy?

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Madeline Kronenberg

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

– Lunch is leftovers from dinner the day before, and is almost always eaten at my desk. After German, I eat dinner with my husband, pack up lunch for the next day and pull out my planner to see what’s in store for tomorrow. Madeline Kronenberg Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.

What “Wheel of Fortune” Can Teach You About Your Brand

Mission Minded

We didn’t spend every dinner in front of the TV, but when we did, I loved to solve the puzzle. I grew up watching the television show “Wheel of Fortune.” I loved Pat Sayjak. I loved filling in the blanks. Now that I look back on it, I think it’s possible those early word puzzle […]. Blog Nonprofit Branding

Your Official #19NTC Local's Guide to Portland


Lunch & Dinner. We’re eagerly packing our bags, and can’t wait to see our nonprofit friends and family from around the country at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Everything I Loved About #19NTC – the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference – A Recap

J Campbell Social Marketing

This session was useful because it featured case studies and best practices in online community building from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Stellenbosch University. ** Tim Sarrantonio , Director of Strategic Partnerships at Neon One , coordinated a fabulous, small group dinner at Modern Times Brewing. Watch the video below to get our thoughts and a recap of the dinner: Did you attend #19NTC?

The Road to the Big Easy: EveryAction at #18NTC


Panel Praise: Raise More Money and Make it Home to Dinner on Time. As our team settles into post-conference life, we're looking back at a whirlwind of a week spent in beautiful New Orleans for one of our favorite nonprofit conferences: the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Here's a recap of all the fun! Booth Buzz. Fortunately, we snapped a picture of our booth before the crowds assembled.

Monday Morning Motivation

Get Fully Funded

Recently, my daughter had a friend over for dinner. As we were setting the table and giggling, this young girl confessed that she was really nervous the first time she had dinner with us a week or so before. “Why?&# She said she had never had a “sit-down&# dinner before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Sometimes you just don’t know how you impact someone’s life. The work of your nonprofit is important. Don’t forget that.

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Second Chance Prom

Fundraiser Ideas

Charge a little more than people would usually pay to attend a fundraising dinner. This is because your event will last longer than a standard fundraising dinner; it will be a lot more fun than a standard fundraising dinner with a silent auction ; and you can even offer dinner as part of the event. This is a particularly fun fundraising idea.

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A Day in the Life of a Quarantined Nonprofit Communicator – Karen Hansen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Workout, shower, put clean workout clothes back on, and make dinner, followed by walk round 2! Karen Hansen. Here is our latest submission for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Quarantine Edition. Let’s see how everyone else is doing out there adapting.

How To Market Your Planned Giving Program

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Your executive director or director of development can weave three to four sentences about Planned Giving into their remarks at donor gatherings, awards dinners, and other events. Tony Martignetti. Today Tony Martignetti joins us to talk about marketing your bequests program. Kristina.

At your event, make sure the Ask is right.

A Small Change

Arguably, one of the biggest things to absolutely get right at your fundraising dinner, gala, or extravaganza, is the Ask. We’ve had some really great feedback and thoughts on a recent post highlighting the importance of caring for the little things to make your big fundraising events awesome. Really excited to learn it has been helpful! As a result I’ve been thinking more about the not so little things that are also critical to ensure we knock our guests socks off.

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Business Sponsors Are Awesome

A Small Change

Verbal recognition during dinner and name and logo displayed during live auction. It’s just that simple. When we have come along side our Champions and coach them into creating pathways for partnership at the businesses they own or work for, inviting these same businesses to sponsor our big events follows naturally and is a win win.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Al Rosenberg

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Al Rosenberg is the Director of Marketing & Communications for OneTable, a national nonprofit empowering millennials to find and build meaningful Shabbat dinner rituals and practices. – As I leave the office on Fridays, I water my plants, empty my humidifier, and head out to Shabbat dinner – either a friend’s or my own. Al Rosenberg Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators!

What Nonprofits Can Learn from the Obama Campaign – Lessons from FRDNY

JCA Insights

This inequity is what prompted Steve and his team to create “Dinner with Barack,” an equal access event in which donors, regardless of their contribution amount, could submit the reason(s) why they should have dinner with Barack. Bottom line: unless your dinner is with Lance Armstrong, you’d best look at another type of fundraising effort.

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EveryAction @ Bridge and Netroots


Fundraising Automation: Raising More Money and Getting Home to Dinner On Time. Summer conferences are in full swing and we’ll be at TWO of them this week! You can find the EveryAction team at the Bridge Conference in National Harbor and Netroots in New Orleans. We’d love to see you, so come by and say hello! Bridge Conference. Party]. Going to be at the Bridge Conference? Join the EveryAction team on Wednesday from 5 to 7 at the Gaylord Hotel to “Wine” down!

10 Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas You Can’t Afford to Miss

Fundraiser Ideas

Mission trip dinner. With the assistance of family, friends or other mission trip participants, host a fundraising dinner with your upcoming mission as the theme. Undertaking a mission can be one of the most fulfilling trips in your lifetime; however, many mission trip participants worry about funding their humanitarian and charitable work. The following are 10 mission trip fundraising ideas that can help make your mission dreams a reality: Business sponsorships.

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10 Christmas Fundraising Ideas Guaranteed to Spread Holiday Cheer

Fundraiser Ideas

Host a Christmas charity dinner. If you’re not an expert chef, you could even hold a simple spaghetti dinner fundraiser with a Christmas theme. Christmas is a time of giving. It’s the time of year that people are most likely to open their hearts and their wallets. The following Christmas fundraising ideas are designed to not only help your organization raise much-needed funds but also spread holiday cheer in the process. Sell Christmas trees.

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I really need some new material!

A Small Change

In an elevator, over dinner, at the podium, in a tweet, or in an appeal letter. As Development professionals, we are story tellers. We are deft and creative about sending messages to our supporters and prospects that generate a response. Our hope is that the messages we send will be so compelling that those that hear and receive it will respond by giving financially to our cause. This is a simplified description of the nature of our work.

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The Top 10 Adoption Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Host a themed dinner event. Couple this with your themed dinner event to maximize your fundraising results. Opening your heart to a child who needs a family to love him or her is a blessing for both you and the child. However, many adoptive-parents-to-be struggle with affording the costs associated with the adoption process. Following are 10 excellent adoption fundraising ideas that can help you bring that new family member home.

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Party for a Party’s Sake

A Small Change

But, is a reception, lunch, ground breaking ceremony, auction or dinner what you need? This post is part of a series on non-profit events. From time to time I will have guest authors write in on topics they have an expertise in. Thank you Brenda for taking the time to share some of your thoughts and advice on non-profit events.- Jason.

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.

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. She’s the oldest and the smallest of the pack and to help her keep weight on, we feed her canned cat food every afternoon about 4 pm. She LOVES her “tuna” as we call it and eats every last bite.

A Day in the Life of a Quarantined Nonprofit Communicator – Melissa Kuper

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Unfortunately this hour is now my dinner time. Melissa Kuper and her kids during quarantine. Here is another submission for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Quarantine Edition. Let’s see how everyone else is doing out there adapting. Melissa’s Bio: Melissa Kuper is the Public Information Officer/Family Liaison at Spectrum360.

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….

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A Day in the Life of a Quarantined Nonprofit Communicator – Kimberly Green

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

No kids in this household – just a 9-year-old cat named Franklin who doesn’t start to bother us for his dinner until 4pm – and I definitely understand and admit my day is more chill, which I appreciate! Our team is pretty good about signing off at the end of the day, so it’s been nice to have my evenings free to video chat with friends & family, cook dinner, and yes, watch more TV. Kimberly Green and Franklin.

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That first impression.

A Small Change

If you are meeting over coffee, lunch, or dinner, make the decision prior to getting there as to whether or not you will be paying. Last week my colleague here at A Small Change, Jason Dick, wrote up a great piece on how wearing something that’s got a little color can impact donor interactions. I couldn’t agree more.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Jennifer Peifer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Once I am home I start dinner, maybe take a walk with my husband and recap our days. Jennifer Peifer Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. Jennifer Peifer has worked in nonprofit communications for close to 20 years.

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? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Amie Bennight is Communications Manager for CPCD …giving children a head start, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs.

10 Fundraising Ideas for Schools You Can’t Afford to Miss

Fundraiser Ideas

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – A spaghetti dinner event is an easy, low cost way to raise money for your school. Have students and faculty serve as waiters and offer take-out orders for those who would like to take the dinner home with them. To double your fundraising proceeds, hold a silent auction in conjunction to other fundraising events, like a spaghetti dinner.

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