4 Ideas for How to Do that Fundraising Event Online

Are you wondering what to do since your event had to be cancelled because of COVID-19? You're not alone.  I have created, marketed and directed online events for 10 years, from virtual career conferences to virtual leadership summits, masterclass series and both free and paid webinars. I’ve made thousands of [...]

3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Have 1920s/Gatsby-Themed Fundraising Galas

Now that we've entered a new decade (by that I mean it's now the 2020s; I know there wasn't a year zero or whatever), an ever-popular theme for fundraising events has renewed life: the 1920s or Great Gatsby-themed gala. Not since 2013 when the Leonardo DiCaprio-led movie adaptation was released [...]

Donor Appreciation Events: The Power of Not Asking for Money

How often do nonprofit events that aren’t billed as fundraisers turn into passive “wouldn’t it be convenient if you re-upped your membership/made an additional donation/took care of the next couple years’ worth of pledges?” conversations with coy development staff? Hard data is elusive, but it’s probably pretty often. As fundraisers, [...]

By |2019-09-30T11:30:03-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Donor Appreciation, Fundraising Events|

4 Tips for Putting on Successful Nonprofit Events

Successful nonprofit events -- fundraising events, galas, friendraisers, 2-for-1 kitten adoption meetups -- can be great ways to boost awareness of a nonprofit’s mission, recruit new members/donors/directors, and supplement direct fundraising efforts. But they can also be expensive, time-consuming, and more cost than benefit if attendance and engagement are poor. [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:46:25-04:00July 16th, 2019|Donor Engagement, Fundraising Events|

Donor Cultivation is a Terrible Thing to Waste

The early months of the calendar year tend to be when nonprofit staff turn their minds towards donor cultivation. The year-end fundraising frenzy has abated and the time feels ripe for hosting house parties, behind-the-scenes tours, getting-to-know-you coffees, and cultivation events. Noble pursuits. But… don’t lose sight of why you’re [...]

By |2019-09-05T10:36:08-04:00March 5th, 2019|Donor Engagement, Fundraising Events|