Meeting Mastery: Elevating Fundraising Event Planning Through Effective Meetings
Meetings play a crucial role in the successful execution of a fundraising event. They serve as the incubator for creative strategies, the hub for staying connected and informed through updates, and the platform where we collectively shoulder the responsibility of accomplishing our tasks and achieving our objectives.
Yet, just as with any project, fundraising events require a streamlined approach to meetings, preventing them from spiraling into a recurring "groundhog day" loop. Here's how you can infuse the essence of action and accountability into your meeting agendas, ensuring your fundraising event planning remains on the fast track.
Maximizing fundraising efforts with your live auction requires planning and creativity. However, procuring amazing live auction items is often difficult for many nonprofits. A popular tactic to help boost live auction offerings is adding consignment trips – which entails partnering with travel companies to offer exclusive getaways and experiences, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. Let's delve into the pros and cons of using consignment trips in your auction.
Organizing a successful fundraising event requires careful planning and attention to detail, especially when it comes to your run of show and script. Neglecting these essential components can be detrimental to your event's success.
To make your event one that stands out, keeps your donors engaged, and that sets you up for fundraising success - follow these tips.
In the last few years, many groups have been opting to forgo the traditional gala format, which typically includes formal dinners, entertainment, live and silent auctions, in favor of more mission-centered events with a paddle raise/appeal as the main (and sometimes only) fundraising element.
This format offers a lot of freedom in terms of event format and frees up organizational resources to focus on crafting powerful stories that showcase the organization's work and give donors a better understanding of the impact of their support.
Preparing for a fundraising event involves numerous details that can make it both exciting and stressful. To ensure a smooth experience for everyone involved, it's crucial to establish a robust communication plan. This blog post will guide you on effectively communicating with your guests leading up to the event, helping reduce stress and enhance their overall experience.
Are you tired of the same old auction items year after year? Do you want to really make a splash at your next fundraising event? Then it's time to consider adding some one-of-a-kind items that donors can't get anywhere else! Custom curated experiences that match your mission are the key to getting those bid cards soaring and raising more money for your nonprofit.
Procurement. Love it or hate it, it’s part of the auction process. And, if you’re like most groups you may find that it’s hard to keep your volunteers and committee members motivated to keep procuring items for your event - especially the closer it comes to crunch time. What’s an auction chair to do when all of sudden your team stops attending meetings, stops replying to emails, and they always seem too busy when you call! What can you do to make sure your committee members are happy and engaged, focused, energized, and fired up to fundraise all while building the success you need for an amazing auction with items your guests want to bid on.
Want to wow your guests at your next event? Review the following tips for elements of a successful live program.
Begin with Ease
Are you gearing up for an upcoming fundraising event? Planning to include a live auction, but not sure how many items to feature? Fear not! Here’s a guide to help you determine the right amount of live auction items for your next event.
When thinking about the health of your event it’s not always about how big it is - but how effective it is. So when thinking about growing your event - think less about how many people attend and instead think about making sure the right people attend. And who are the right people? People who are excited to show up and support your mission!
Before your event
Long before your event - you will want to have a plan in place for growing your network of friends and supporters. One effective way to do this is through friendraising events. A friendraising event is one in which you invite people to learn more about your organization without an expectation to give. There are many formats for friendraisers that work well (reach out to explore the best format for your organization). The biggest thing to remember with this type of event is to follow up with attendees to learn more about why they came, and the ways in which they might like to be involved in your organization in the future.
Michael Faith Benefit Auctioneer and fundraising professional