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

How to not bore your donors to tears

Do you fear your donors are bored with you? Here's some good news: with all the holiday parties at this time of year, you have virtual laboratory for learning to be interesting! How to be interesting to your donors In his classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie gives you a secret

[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

How to make more money with your next silent auction

This week, I'm pleased to introduce Sherry Truhlar. Sherry is an auction expert so I've asked her to come and share with us how to make our nonprofit's next silent auction better. Be sure to check out her free guide of auction items -- listing the 100 best-selling items to sell in your benefit auction

3 things Disney has taught me about celebrations

I love going to Disney World in Florida. Disney has celebrations worked out to a science. Looking at this t-shirt today, I realized three things Disney's taught me about celebrations and special events: Find excuses to celebrate Disney seems to celebrate everything. Even a 1 year anniversary merits parades and fanfare. Think about your nonprofit.

More on non-events

Cher Hersrud of the The Resource Center in Fargo, ND posted these ideas to the CharityChannel CharityTalk list. (Posted with her permission.) A couple of examples of the non-event from North Dakota: a theatre sold tickets for a Dark Night - people stayed home, the theatre was closed - little time/money invested, pretty good return.