During the worst special event I ever attended, I excused myself and
hung out in the restroom until I thought the guest speaker was probably
done with her awful speech.
She was a well-known actress who thought we would all be as
interested in her life story as she was, including many lurid details.
Her speech seemed to go on forever, making me think the event planners
had either not given her a time limit, or that she had ignored it. more >>
I really like Roger Carr’s topic for this month’s Giving Carnival. I’ve always believed that principles are important, but small tips are just as important when you add them all together. So I’ve put together Six Leadership Tips for Successful Fundraising Events.
Six Tips for Leaders of Successful Fundraising Events
1) Start Early - I started working on the outline for this article a little more than three weeks before it was due to Roger. I easily could have wrote it the night before the deadline, more >>
Charity Navigator evaluates over 5,300 of "America's
largest charities." [that does not include the thousands more local and
grassroot organizations let alone bake sales, car washes & candy
sales] and you wonder why it's hard to fundraise, hard to set your cause apart!? The point: Almost all of these are worthy causes with good caring people committed to making them successful. The Problem:
So many good causes and smart people make it very hard for charities to
differentiate and for donors to decide who to support -- in fact some
people opt out all together understandably overwhelmed.
So what to do? How do you make YOUR fundraising event successful, more >>
You’ll be most successful if you’re always thinking of your main
goal as you design your event. Are you trying to thank and recognize,
educate and make a case for support or raise money? Again, clearly
define your goal and design the event from there.
Let’s say you decide that your major donors should see the facility
first hand and understand how their support made it possible. What are
some creative ways to reach your audience? more >>
Think back to the last donation that you gave. Some issue or cause
concerned you. When you decided which organization, specifically, to
give the donation to, what factors did you consider in choosing which
organization would receive it? What motivated you to eventually give to
the specific organization that you did?
To help you raise more
money for your non profit in an ethical, professional, legal, and
effective method, consider the following logic. more >>