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…

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…

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…

Throwing a Party! (Gala Invitation Sample)

It is officially gala season and I imagine – you, like me – are out on what I fondly refer to as the “charity circuit”. . Special events are a key part of a fundraising program – however, I will almost always recommend that nonprofits DO NOT start a new gala as a mechanism for…

Fundraising ‘Non-events’

Fundraising ‘non-events’  are an opportunity for participants to pay for the privilege of not attending a fund-raising event. This is a funny concept if you think about, but perhaps an effective one for both the charity and the individual attendee. Special event fundraisers are very expensive and extremely labor intensive on the nonprofit side. For…

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,…

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…

Raise the Paddle

“Raise the Paddle” is an effective way to raise donations at a charity fundraising event. The “paddle” is typically a bid number and it is “raised” by event attendees to give a cash donation to the nonprofit organization. It typically occurs midway through the live auction because folks are already in the “giving” spirit and…

Jail Bait

Well, it has finally happened: I am going behind bars… “for good.” My sister-in-law “turned me in” to be arrested with her and “locked up” at the Sheraton in Carlsbad to support Muscle Dystrophy.  Yes, folks, I am being arrested by Jerry Lewis! And I’ve got to confess… I am SO excited.  Why?  Because I…