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.

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.

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. The event I attended was among the most fascinating (and pleasantly intimidating) evenings I’ve had. Ready to have that dinner party?

Planning and Executing Your Next Big Event

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Events are a great way to cultivate support and attract new donors. But great events take a lot of planning, financial support and hard work. Should you even have an event? As much fun as events can be, you want to have a clear idea of what the end result should be. Maybe your event is for clients. You need to know who your target audience is before you start planning the event itself. Is an event the best solution? Choose the Right Type of Event.

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10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

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. The following are 10 charity fundraising events that, if implemented correctly, are sure to raise large amounts of money for your organization: Charity walk. Contact local newspapers and radio stations to publicize your event.

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Is Your Event On-Brand?

Mission Minded

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

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. 4) Host an exclusive online social media event. Getting donors involved in events is a surefire way to elicit goodwill and build loyalty.

Facing Social Change at the Dinner Table


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.

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. Fundraising events so often devolve into board members huddling together in tight groups of people they all ready know. The dinner program will do that.

Party for a Party’s Sake

A Small Change

This post is part of a series on non-profit events. Thank you Brenda for taking the time to share some of your thoughts and advice on non-profit events.- But, is a reception, lunch, ground breaking ceremony, auction or dinner what you need?

35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters


Streaming live events. Events (dinners, golf tournaments, 5k races, etc.). If you’re stuck wondering how to involve your supporters with your mission, look no further. Here are 35 ideas from a stream of my consciousness. Surveys. Quizzes. Invitations to join a board or committee. Games. Polls. Videos. Advocacy or activism opportunities. Podcasts. Testimonials. Online chat tools. Webinars. Question and answer sessions. Tell your story opportunities. Infographics.

Business Sponsors Are Awesome

A Small Change

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. Name and logo displayed prominently on event web page.

Two Don’t-Miss Tools for More Effective Nonprofit Events

Getting Attention

Here are two tools I’ve discovered that will help you take your organization’s events to the next level. Event-management service Eventbrite has just introduced Eventbrite for Causes , a discounted program (no fee for free events) are designed for nonprofit needs.

Two Don’t-Miss Tools for More Effective Nonprofit Events

Getting Attention

Here are two tools I've discovered that will help you take your organization's events to the next level. Event-management service Eventbrite has just introduced Eventbrite for Causes , a discounted program (no fee for free events) are  designed for nonprofit needs.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Thomas Negron

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Instead of running, I grab my phone and check what happened with ticket sales for several events and Facebook ads overnight. 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.

6 Simple Tips for Outstanding Charity Events

Fundraiser Ideas

Planning engaging and crowd-pleasing charity events is a must if you are going to increase donations to your cause and generate meaningful financial support to your organization. Whether the occasion is a spaghetti dinner fundraiser or a formal gala event, your charity or nonprofit can achieve better results with well-planned and well-organized events. Here are six simple tips to make your charity events run smoother: Reservations, please.

A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As a result, they send a rushed news release to the local media when they have an important announcement — or they follow a tired script for producing materials surrounding an important event or award. Most have an annual fundraising event.

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.

It’s Time to Retire the Reception

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

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

Two Don't-Miss Tools for More Effective Nonprofit Events

Getting Attention

Here are two tools I've discovered that will help you take your organization's events to the next level. Event-management service Eventbrite has just introduced Eventbrite for Causes , a discounted program (no fee for free events) are designed for nonprofit needs. This new program that makes it easier for orgs to leverage tech tools and best practices to manage, promote and raise money through successful events. Tags: Events

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


Invite them to an event. Invite them to participate in an exclusive dinner, lunch or event that proves impact or provides other benefits (such as a sense of community). Propose mentioning them at an event. 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.

Question: What are some new event & fundraising ideas?

A Small Change

Question: What are some new event & fundraising ideas you’ve given volunteers or heard volunteers using? Everyday we hear about another auction, luncheon, or gala dinner. I know that sometimes I get tired of how repetitive some of these events can feel and I imagine that our donors occasionally feel the same way. Have you run a creative event that had a number of new people? Tags: Grassroots and Events

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. They invite him to events and ask for money from a stage with a microphone.

Free eBook: Make your next event a big success

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

My organization, Network for Good, has a free new eBook with tips on how to make your next auction, car wash, dinner, gala, golf tournament, luncheon, open house or other fundraising event a resounding success. It includes these three great tips for bringing your mission to life at your event, from Terry Axelrod: 1. organization going in the next year and how will that affect those in attendance at your event?

What the Special Event or Events Fundraising Method Is, and How It Works

Seeking Grant Money Today

Half of my official job duties was administration of special events when I first began working in fundraising for the now defunct Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County (MSAKC). (I A special event is a fundraising method that nonprofit organizations use to do several things at once. The event allows the nonprofit to raise funds. The special event must be repeated once it is started. This is the case for almost any nonprofit and for any type of special event.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kate Edgerton

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Our local newspaper has requested a full calendar of our events and exhibits through the next few months. We have 8 exhibits and events scheduled in the next 3 months and I’m responsible for knowing the details on all of them.

Fall Theme: Stop Cancer HalloWeekend Annual Event

The Biddery Blog

Named The ”HalloWeekend”, the event also presented a “Shocktail” reception, Gala Dinner, magnificent Glass Sculpture auction, Live and Silent auctions, spooky movie screening, bridge tournament with instruction by world-famous bridge guru Eddie Kantar, mah jongg and poker and spa activities.

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.].” For instance, “Before I reach out to them, I really should… [pick one… send a proper letter first, send a proper email first, be introduced at the next golf event first, wait until… , etc.].”

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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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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.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Stacy Harbaugh

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ll create a photo and text based image in Canva for a Facebook post, sort through and edit photos from a recent event, or make phone calls to plan collaborative communications work with partnering organizations on upcoming media outreach efforts. Stacy Harbaugh.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It sounds simple, but it’s important to think about visuals whenever you plan a new announcement, campaign, or event. Peter Panepento. If you have been reading our blog the last year, you will probably recognize Peter Panepento.

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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. Maybe a high profile event out there in the real world — brought to their attention by media, communications copywriting fundraising premium How often does your donor think about you?

Free Business Cards for Your Organization and Fundraising Events

Fundraiser Ideas

In addition to serving as a source of contact information, business cards (especially when free ), can serve as a promotional tool for your fundraising events. Free Business Cards as a Promotional Tool for Fundraising Events. You can promote your fundraising events by handing out free business cards with your organization’s and/or event’s information on them to people in a public setting (make sure this is permitted in your location).

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Erika Olson

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

While writing is her first love and favorite competency, she has a strong affection for spreadsheets, is known for her event kit and its signature “external brain,” and has mad Xacto knife and Spray Mount skills from her days at a quick print shop after college. . Erika Olson.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Carina Johnson

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

She has a post-graduate certificate in Professional Sales from Charles Sturt University and is completing a certificate in PR and Event Management with Open Universities, Australia. Then it’s home for a good long walk or gym, then dinner, a movie, and bed! Carina Johnson.

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When you’re organizing an event, what three things guarantee success?

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the last several years, I’ve raised hundreds of thousands with events. For example, with one event I organized in 2007, I raised $75,000 with a gala and auction event that had raised $65,000 the year before. In 2008, with the same event format, I raised $101,000. In the latter part of 2008, I raised $250,000 with an annual dinner, when they’d made $150,000 the year before. I made a slideshow with pictures and stats from the events.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your work also involves some combination of social media, marketing, speechwriting, fundraising solicitations, event planning, blogging, and managing the production of your annual report, it’s hard to carve out the time to actually build relationships with reporters and editors.

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6 principles of a good fundraising plan

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is fairly easy to understand if you know the rhythms of the fundraising year: Year end appeals, your annual event, your spring appeal, your annual report due date, annual meeting of your membership if appropriate, volunteer thank-you events, monthly newsletters, and more.