Fundraising Events: The 10-Step Guide to Planning Your Own

Most of us like to believe that we’d give to charity purely out of the goodness of our hearts. It’s also what we’d hope to be true of our donors. 100% altruism. Philanthropy without expectation of reciprocation. But the world doesn’t work that way. That’s why, as fundraising professionals, it’s a large part of our

Taming the Special Event Monster

You know it’s there, lurking in the shadows of your workload. You try to avoid it, but sooner or later it must be dealt with. Your organization is relying on you to step in and be the hero. Now is the time to take a stand and conquer your fears. It is time to take

71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising - for free!

If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It's coming April 6 - 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I've just heard that the schedule for The

[Question Marc] Help! My board wants to do another event!

Dear Marc, Help!! My board wants to do ANOTHER fundraising event! We're already doing 10 events a year. How can I tell them we don't have the resources to do another one? Stressed in San Diego My Answer Dear Stressed, Oh no! I definitely feel your pain! I think your board is living out the

[Guest Post] Special events: Make them worth the effort

From time-to-time, I get to introduce you to a rock star in my universe, a colleague I trust implicitly. Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to Clover Frederick, a fundraising and marketing expert from Lincoln, Nebraska. I love her idea of fundraising events being a "22-hour piñata"! You can follow her on twitter @cloverfrederick. Special

Future fundraising trainings…near you?

I love speaking to groups, helping people get excited about fundraising, and helping groups communicate more effectively. My team is looking at expanding the number of trainings I do. Every month we have people asking to attend a public session near them. If you’re interested in attending an event near you, let us know by

6 tips to help board members work a room at a fundraising event

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. But money is raised when board members act as ambassadors and hosts. Here's what I wrote.