Corporate Philanthropy, Special Events

Top 3 Strategies to Win Corporate Sponsors

The best return on the investment of a corporate sponsor is helping out the charity, but it doesn't hurt if they receive a few (or more) perks! The best sponsorship packages offer value to the sponsor through the following strategies. First Strategy: Provide a ROI Obviously, the biggest Return on Investment (ROI) for a sponsor is… Continue reading Top 3 Strategies to Win Corporate Sponsors

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Special Events

Charity Gala: The Best Invitations Ever

Gala season is in full swing this spring and I would like to highlight some beautiful invitations that I've collected over the years. An invitation if your organization's calling card to a potential attendee. While email has taken over many arenas where nonprofits have typically utilized snail mail - and I don't argue the costs… Continue reading Charity Gala: The Best Invitations Ever

Special Events

How-To Create a Successful Auction for your next Fundraising Event

  With the spring gala-season officially upon the philanthropic community, I wanted to share how to create a successful auction. I think the number one reason for success might surprise you.   Typically, fundraising events raise the bulk of the money in two ways: Sponsorships: sold pre-event Auction: silent/live at the event   The biggest… Continue reading How-To Create a Successful Auction for your next Fundraising Event

Special Events, Starting a Nonprofit

Simple Fundraising Event

Although event fundraising is not my favorite avenue, it is a great place to start.  In order to begin fundraising for the Women Film Foundation, we hosted “happy hour fundraisers.” This was a good venue for me because I was in my early 20’s and so were my friends.  Neither of us had much money,… Continue reading Simple Fundraising Event

Special Events

The Loaves and the Fishes or How to make $62 into $6,000

On Saturday night, I attend the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)’s Promise Ball and was blown away by the success of their Raise the Paddle. This adorable little girl, Emily, delivered the most compelling reason for donors to give. Let me set the stage. The Raise the Paddle had just been completed and raised at… Continue reading The Loaves and the Fishes or How to make $62 into $6,000