Building Your Event Team Part II: Event Management

Building Your Event Team Part II: Event Management

Imagine 400 supporters in one room. The focus is on your organization. The table is set: a room full of delighted donors to connect with, steward and influence. How many times a year is there an opportunity like this? For many organizations I work with there is one MAJOR opportunity: Gala night. Here’s what I…

Building Your Event Team Part I: The MC

Building Your Event Team Part I: The MC

                What makes a great MC? What skills should an MC have? How will your choice of MC impact guest experience and the level of giving in the room? These are critical questions your event staff or committee should ask in the early planning stages of your signature…

How to Make Your Auction Awesome

How to Make Your Auction Awesome

              Just about everyone is doing it. Big and small, live and silent – an auction is the cornerstone revenue generator of just about every fundraising event. And that’s the challenge. When every charity event hosts an auction, how do you make yours awesome? Here are three of my…

Five Tips To Make Your Silent Auction Stand Out

Five Tips To Make Your Silent Auction Stand Out

                Silent auctions are a fundraising event staple. I see them at just about every event (which means your guests are also seeing them everywhere). If a silent auction is a standard revenue generator for your event, here are my five tips to help make yours stand out…

Special Events Super Star Strategies

Special Events Super Star Strategies

            How to raise the fund factor at your next event I work with a lot of amazing charities of various sizes and sectors. They are all creative and resourceful. Several use special fundraising events as a springboard to greater or deeper donor engagement. This past year, three organizations leveraged…

Three Ideas To Spice Up Your Fundraising Event

Three Ideas To Spice Up Your Fundraising Event

Three ideas to spice up your fundraising event Is your event stuck in a bit of a rut? Are you looking to spice things up but not turn your event 100% upside down? Here are three simple changes to consider when planning your next annual fundraiser to add a bit of spice to the routine.…

Why You Should Be A Fan Of F.A.N. (Fund-a-Need)

Why You Should Be A Fan Of F.A.N. (Fund-a-Need)

                Fundraising events typically have a formula for revenue generation: sponsorship, live auction, silent auction, ticket sales, and maybe a raffle or 50/50 draw. What many fundraisers don’t have is a direct ask for a vital program or defined need. Think about it. What if you devoted a…

Why You Need A Professional Benefit Auctioneer

Why You Need A Professional Benefit Auctioneer

                  A good friend of mine relayed this story to me about a special event she volunteered at several years ago. The gala committee had worked hard. They secured new sponsors, sold out the event and ensured through decor, lighting, theme and activity that it will be…

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