Fundraising Tips & Tricks

A Guide to Affordable (and Free!) Technology and Digital Resources For Your Non-Profit

Nonprofits and schools can benefit from technology and digital resources— no matter how small the budget. Important areas like marketing, administrative details, advertising, communications, and event management can be spendy. The good news is that there are many high quality affordable, free or discounted services that can help a nonprofit (or any business for that… Read More »

The Check-out Where Everyone Leaves Happy

This is the third in a series of posts about running a successful fundraising event night, written by event service professionals. Event service professionals help troubleshoot technology, advise on using event software, and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible at auctions. Registration isn’t the only bottleneck point in an event that can leave guests with a… Read More »

Capturing Your Event’s Best Moments Using a Smartphone Camera

In the age of the “selfie,” smartphone cameras have turned novice photographers into amateur photojournalists. With the latest video and photography technology now available on most cell phones, all the tools you need to capture amazing moments are right in the palm of your hand. It’s a fast, inexpensive way to document the moments you… Read More »

Using Food to Set First & Last Impressions at Your Event

First and last impressions matter, especially when asking donors for their support. At a fundraising event guests expect to see the best from your non-profit as soon as they check-in, and during checkout you have one last opportunity to create a positive image of your organization—something that not only affects the outcome of that fundraiser,… Read More »

How to Pick the Best Event Photographer

Congratulations! You’ve started planning your fundraising event. Chances are that right now you’re scanning your event budget, and wondering how you can save money.  It’s all about raising money, and you want to keep costs as low as possible, to increase your net revenue . . .  right?   Well, not really. One mistake many… Read More »

The Importance of Contact Info: Before, During and After Your Fundraising Event

Fundraising events can get hectic. Maintaining full and accurate contact information will help avoid long registration lines, awkward conversations with unregistered guests and general frustration to what should be a fun and rewarding evening. Collecting and maintaining accurate contact information for guests, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors will help streamline your event and provide a better… Read More »

Creating Value for Major Donors

Many organizations create a specific group of admissions for sponsorships or VIP tickets, but what is incentivizing those donors to buy something at a higher price point? Here are some ideas that will help distinguish your VIP/Major Donors and encourage ticket purchasers to upgrade next year. Valet Parking Some event venues have limited parking. Include… Read More »