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…

Caution: Men in Heels

  Speaking of great and creative events: I participated in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” last week that was a fundraiser for the YWCA in San Diego.  It is a BRILLIANT idea!!  All walkers wear women’s shoes – particularly the 4 inch heels – and walk a mile around downtown.  The idea is amazing…