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Raise more and stress less with nonprofit events planning e-book

Raise more and stress less with nonprofit events planning e-book

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Download DonorPerfect’s free e-book, How to Plan a Fundraising Event on a Budget, and choose a theme for your next big fundraiser.
 
Check out these themes along with their mission-minded additions for inspiration!
 

Family-Friendly Fundraisers

Bowling Night – Ask your local bowling alley to sponsor a family-fun night fundraiser. 
Mission-Minded Addition: Get a sponsor to donate a fixed amount of cash to your cause every time someone bowls a strike.
 
BBQ Cook off – Fundraiser Ready, set, grill! Reserve a space at your local park and hold a grill master competition among local cooks.
Mission-Minded Addition: Include a picnic blanket that’s embroidered with your logo in the event registration price.
 
Food Truck Fundraiser – Foodies and families can enjoy the sunshine and a variety of fares.
Mission-Minded Addition: Distribute a digital menu before the big day that’s branded around your organization. Make the first page an introduction that shows and tells who you are and what you do.
 
Craft Fair/Flea Market – Fundraiser Invite supporters to treat themselves for a good cause! Get a sponsored space and charge vendors for tables and a small percentage of sales to benefit your organisation. 
Mission-Minded Addition: Follow the lead of the food truck fundraiser addition and create a digital vendor catalog that begins with a page all about your organisation.
 

Millennial-Minded Fundraisers

Brewery Tour – Millennials, craft-beer enthusiasts, and supporters looking for a laid-back outing would love to take a tour of a brewery while enjoying local beers paired with small bites. 
Mission-Minded Addition: Offer to pay for custom labels and see if the brewery is willing to dedicate a special brew to your organisation for the night.
 
Dance Party DJ Night – Make a trendy DJ night in the city more meaningful by turning it into a benefit for your organisation. 
Mission-Minded Addition: Ask the venue to dedicate social media postings educating their followers about your organisation and encouraging them to “Like” it on Facebook.
 
Bar Takeover – Partner with a local bar. Host a party that gives a percentage of the food and drink totals to your organisation. 
Mission-minded addition: Create a cocktail menu that offers drink names that give a nod to your organization.
 
Art Opening – Round up artists in your community to showcase their work at an art opening fundraiser. 
Mission-minded addition: Encourage artists to submit a piece that speaks to your mission.
 

Formal Fundraisers

Golden Globes Gala – Throw a red-carpet affair complete with dinner, drinks, and a show-stopping after-party. 
Mission-Minded Addition: Show a few super-short films that showcase what your organisation is all about. Present awards to the people who make your mission possible: donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries.
 
Fashion Show – Show off the latest looks of the season with a high-energy fashion show featuring local designers’ lines. 
Mission-Minded Addition: Ask designers to donate a percentage of their sales to your organisation, then invite guests to treat themselves while supporting your cause at the same time.
 
Casino Night – Guests will love getting done-up and trying their luck for a good cause at your casino night fundraiser. 
Mission-minded addition: Invite guests to play for fake money that can be cashed in at the end of the night as a donation to your organisation paid by sponsors.
 
 
This guide is designed to keep your team aligned, help you stay on budget, and save you lots of time. So take a deep breath, enjoy the read, and consider implementing these best practices and simple tech tools that will help you stress less and raise more money at your next event.
 
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Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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