Which fundraising events bring in the most money for small nonprofits?

A very common “go-to” funding idea for small nonprofits is fundraising events. Events are great ways to bring like-minded people together and have a good time in the name of your cause! Some fundraising events are huge, drawing attendees and sponsors like moths to a flame. Other events are smaller, more intimate gatherings where

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Get The Most Out of Your Fundraising Event

If you’ve ever planned a fundraising event, you understand the months of planning and coordination that go into it. From securing sponsors to mobilizing volunteers, the process of executing a successful event can be all-consuming. With all of that hard work, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your event. Follow these tips to host a successful fundraising event.

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

The more simple your systems and plan, the easier it is to adapt in times of stress.
Do you have multiple grant proposal deadlines in the next few weeks?
Or is your biggest fundraising event of the year in the next few weeks and it has so many moving pieces it’s like a house of cards?

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True Story: I Took Out A City With My Words One Day

Do you ever worry about how to best say what you’re thinking? Especially to your donors?
A number of years ago, Sarah, my friend and coworker pulled me aside after a meeting to ask, “Did you mean to take out the entire city in that meeting?”
I gave her a blank look until she repeated back a few of my comments—what I meant to be honest and helpful sounded, well, pushy and like I was criticizing.
In raising money, engaging board members, building relationships, and frankly in just about any area of your life, communication is the key to success.

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Inspire Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Guests with a Simple Act

Each time I attend a nonprofit fundraising event I’m on the look-out for new ways guests are inspired about the mission of the organization. Recently I attended the Transforming Families fundraising luncheon for the

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Don’t Make This Mistake with Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event

The fundraising event you just held or are in the midst of preparing for has taken over your life. And you aren’t even sure it will meet the goal. Sound like you? Then take a quick listen as I share a common mistake for fundraising event planning. Video not displaying? You can see it here. […]

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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

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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 […]

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Storytelling and Fundraising Events

Storytelling and fundraising events go together like peanut butter & jelly. When I saw this fun infographic from Maximillion about choosing the right fundraising event for your nonprofit organization, I knew I had to share it with you. Deciding which event comes first, of course. No matter what kind of event you have, don’t forget, you […]

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