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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Watch the video below to get our thoughts and a recap of the dinner: Did you attend #19NTC? Another Nonprofit Technology Conference has come and gone, and WOW did the week FLY by!!! This year’s conference was in Portland, OR – one of my new favorite cities!

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.

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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Second Chance Prom

Fundraiser Ideas

Charge a little more than people would usually pay to attend a fundraising dinner. This is a particularly fun fundraising idea. Not only does it have the potential to raise a lot of money for your organization, but it will be one event people will be talking about for years.

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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?

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.

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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.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sara Maldonado

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Upon my arrival, I mingle with other LA nonprofit workers and philanthropists at a silent auction and then head into the ballroom for dinner. After a lovely dinner and ceremony, I head home to give my fiancé a drive-by hello and head to bed to get some rest. Sara Maldonado.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Rachel Braver

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I eat lunch at my desk while checking my personal accounts and look up recipes for dinner. After 4:00 pm: I head out around 4 and do some grocery shopping and relax a bit before cooking dinner. Rachel Braver.

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

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.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sarah Tarnopolsky

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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.

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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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Thomas Negron

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Time for another walk and dinner for Stella. After my dinner I clear out my in-box to zero and update my to-do list. Thomas Negron and Ruby.

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.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Ash Bruxvoort

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

After 4:00 p.m – I usually work until about six or seven, but tonight I need to go into the city for a dinner with friends so I’m wrapping up a little earlier. Ash Bruxvoort Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators!

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.

Can’t Get Coverage? 5 Ways to Make Your Own News

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

TV stations never show up when you invite them cover your annual dinner. Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steve Bustin. The pursuit of meaningful media coverage is often a frustrating one for nonprofits.

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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.

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.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Amanda Mahan

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Afternoons and evenings are filled to the brim with dinner (I love to cook – especially with ingredients from our home garden), homework, family walks, and reading. Amanda Mahan Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators!

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!

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.

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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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.

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Stop Fishing. Start Engaging.


You’d cold call a donor to set up a meeting at breakfast, lunch or dinner by saying, “I’d like to update you on…” this or that. Remember the old days?

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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.