10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSUL FUNDRAISING EVENT
First, assess whether or not your organisation can afford a fundraising event and cover extra expenses if anything goes awry.
A Good Host
Your host must be a professional with an excellent sense of humour. This is very important, since this person is responsible for the event to go swimmingly and ensures that everything is well-timed and pertinent.
An Event Manager
The event manager plays a key role, just like the host. He/she is behind the scenes of the entire event and is responsible for everything. At the same time, he/she must efficiently communicate with the whole team and delegate some of his/her authority.
Working with Suppliers
It is advisable to listen to the suppliers’ expert advice and keep in touch with them. It is also necessary to provide suppliers with an event schedule so that they can see all of the deadlines. This schedule is the foundational document for working with suppliers that can help you avoid last-minute deliveries.
The Right People
While composing a guest list, you need to remember that these individuals must not only be able to help you implement your fundraising goal, but must also be willing to do so. So, put yourself in their shoes and do everything you can to make them want to contribute.
A Reminder of the Purpose of Gathering
During the event, it is very important to gently but frequently remind your guests of the reason they all have gathered.
Business Before Pleasure
Naturally, your guests will become distracted when the music starts to play and activities begin, therefore it’s important to complete all business discussions before the merriment starts.
We live in the unpredictable world, so having “a plan B” is a great idea. It’s necessary to make sure your suppliers know your plan B as well.
Ensure that all of your relevant documents are current, and the same goes for for all contractors and suppliers’ documents as well.
Have you succeeded in achieving the goals set before the event? If not, why is this the case? A performance evaluation will help you greatly in planning future events since you will be able to take the previous experience into account.
Finally, it’s worth remembering that some events in our life simply happen, and we should learn to go with the flow. Even the best plan may fail… Therefore, the most important thing about any fundraising event is that you and your guests have a good time.
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*Fundraising is a process of attracting external resources by a company, as necessary to fulfil a task, implement a project or for general activity purposes. The word fundraising originates from the USA where it is used in the sector of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The term fundraising originates from English words funds (funding) and raise (finding, collection).