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.

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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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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. But when you take your event online and focus on a fundraising first mentality , these events can take on new life

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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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?

At your event, make sure the Ask is right.

A Small Change

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. I’ve been to a number of events and seen this done really well, other times, not so much.

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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.

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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.

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.

The 14 Things You Absolutely Need to Do During Your Fundraising Events

Fundraiser Ideas

I’ve always found fundraising events to be a good time. Your fundraising event could create a foundation for many successful fundraisers in the future. Running the fundraiser event so your guests have the best time possible will not only entice them to donate more to your organization, but also interest them in future events. From the fundraising events I’ve held, I’ve created this checklist of things you need to do during your fundraising event.

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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

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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.

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.

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).

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5 reasons people come to an event

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

I had a lot of interesting reaction and comments to last week’s post, An Open Plea for Better Events. So I wanted to follow up on two questions: What drives event participation and what are ideas for fun events? What drives event participation?

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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

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.

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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

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.

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?

When is the best time to host a fundraising movie event?

Fundraising Coach

Q: I ran across your blog while researching a fundraising event I’m putting on for my search and rescue team. I’m trying to determine if it might be more profitable to hold our event (a movie showing) on a weekend or week night. They’re already in the city, so they may be more likely to stay for an event (more likely than they would be to come in for a weekend.). But if it’s a couple hours, you’ll probably need to supply a dinner for people.

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.

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?

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

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. Charge a little more than people would usually pay to attend a fundraising dinner. This is a particularly fun fundraising idea.

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10 Christmas Fundraising Ideas Guaranteed to Spread Holiday Cheer

Fundraiser Ideas

Be sure to let your newspapers and radio stations know about the event in order to receive free publicity. 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. Take your typical charity run or walk, add jingle bells for everyone and an ample amount of Santa hats, and your jingle bell event is sure to spread holiday joy. Christmas is a time of giving.

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The Top 10 Adoption Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Host a themed dinner event. Or, ask your employer if you can make it a weekly event at the office – Muffin Mondays! Couple this with your themed dinner event to maximize your fundraising results. Creative Fundraising Ideas Easy Fundraising Free Fundraising Ideas Fun Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Events Quick Fundraising IdeasOpening your heart to a child who needs a family to love him or her is a blessing for both you and the child.

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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. 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.

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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. Charity Fundraising Church Fundraising Creative Fundraising Ideas Easy Fundraising Free Fundraising Ideas Fun Fundraising Ideas Fundraising Events

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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.

Charity Fashion Show

Fundraiser Ideas

Also, you can pair the fashion show with a dinner , in which case the cost of attendance could be much higher. A charity fashion show requires a good amount of planning, but it can also raise a lot of money.

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.

52 Ways to Fundraise

Wild Woman Fundraising

Gala/Dinner. Get a celebrity to come to an event, and sell a pre-event where rich people can hobnob with the celebrity. Here are 52 ways to fundraise, one for each week of the year! Of these, which ones do you think yield the most money? Which ones, the least? If you have any to add, please leave a comment! Quarterly Appeal letter. Grants. Your Annual Report. Sell Fruit. Old-time photograph booth for your museum. Sell t-shirts. Do a Twitter push for donations.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Sara Maldonado

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Maldonado has also worked for national event firms and international NGOs. – I’m attending a charity event tonight so I do some research on the people who are hosting the event as well as the host committee and potential partners that may be present. Sara Maldonado.

#HOWTO: Time Those Tweets To Test And Build Impact

Non Profit Marketing 360

After dinner? Also, scheduling helps build up momentum to a big event without requiring you to sit in front of your social-networking site all day. Earlier this week we introduced and reviewed a few social-media dashboards to help tame your organization’s streams of updates pouring in. Many platforms (like Hootsuite, TweetDeck , and SproutSocial) also offer the ability to schedule a series of tweets to go out over days, weeks, or months.

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EveryAction @ Bridge and Netroots


This event is invite only, so make sure to RSVP here. Fundraising Automation: Raising More Money and Getting Home to Dinner On Time. Can’t make it to either event? From automated workflows to volunteer recruitment, event follow-ups, and GOTV, this panel will discuss what they’re seeing on the ground in 2018, and what is possible heading into 2020 and beyond. Summer conferences are in full swing and we’ll be at TWO of them this week!

Creating an Online Video Strategy

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Gala dinner videos are no longer enough. Tags: Nonprofit Marketing Events Why is YouTube so compelling? What does user-generated content mean? How can (and why should) nonprofits of all sizes consider breaking into the world of video to tell their stories? You need a new paradigm to be able to use the power of online video, with the resources you have.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Rachel Braver

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Have a quick meeting with the Events Manager to propose names for our 40th anniversary gala next May and propose sponsor media opportunities. I eat lunch at my desk while checking my personal accounts and look up recipes for dinner. Rachel Braver.

Credit Card Processing for a Fundraising Campaign

A Small Change

This will allow you to: accept online donations, process registrations and ticket sales on your fundraising website, and sell more products, auction items, or raffle tickets at your fundraising event.

5 Features Environmental Organizations Need From Their CRM


The same principle applies to in-person activities like galas, dinners, and even volunteer events: having a registration and donation system that is completely digital communicates to donors that your organization can be trusted to use their money in a way that aligns with their values.

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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.

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.