We hate to encourage you to think the sky is falling, but when it comes to events we find that it is always best to expect the best out of your event, but to plan for the worst as well. Having good plans in place can help make your event memorable, even if something does go awry. It is always best to have plans in place and not need them versus needing to jump into action with no plan whatsoever.
When a nonprofit organization spends funds, it infuses money back into the local community by providing valuable programs and services, paying local workers, and supporting local businesses.
Corporations are often willing to giving nonprofit discounts on products and services; however, we have noticed that nonprofits often overlook negotiating when it comes to special events – something corporations have been doing successfully for years.
This blog outlines a few areas when organizations can negotiate when it comes time for hosting special events.
Special events season is either something that fills staff and volunteers with glee or makes them want to flee for their lives. In many cases, events are fun and effective ways to raise money, but sometimes they're not really all they are cracked up to be.
In this blog series on events, we are asking the question – "Are events really worth it?" How do we make top dollar without spending a fortune? How do we set up for success? How do we define what a good return is on an event?
So no, this series isn’t giving you centerpiece ideas, thoughts on color schemes, or links to amazing Pinterest boards – it’s helping introduce some critical perspectives on nonprofit events.
Whew. You know that feeling when your organization just gets done with a fundraising event, everything is packed up, and you are probably ready for a 48 hour nap? This feels like a good time to take a breath and rest on your laurels, but your work is not over yet. The time after your event is actually one of the most important to continue engagement with your donors.
Your donors and other supporters have just attended your event. They learned more about your organization and enjoyed your culture and community. So now is the time to reinforce their relationship with your organization and strengthen your ties.
So here are some of the best ways to continue donor engagement after a fundraising event:
Fundraising events have been under a lot of scrutiny recently. Some donors have questioned whether the funds raised are worth the (potentially) high costs of time, money, and expertise that is takes to execute a successful event.
And if the only value you are looking at is net profit - this perspective has a point: many events do have a higher expense rate than other forms of fundraising. However, this perspective fails to recognize the benefits that events can bring to a nonprofit organization beyond monetary donations.
Ahh, fundraising events. Most nonprofit organizations put on at least one of these events per year, and many nonprofit professionals have a love-hate relationship with events. Although planning an event can be stressful, it does not have to be the anxiety-ridden, hair-pulling-out fiasco that you may be envisioning (or currently experiencing).
Knowing common mistakes that nonprofits make when planning events can help you avoid these pitfalls and have a smoother journey towards putting on your event.