Whether you’ve just established your nonprofit foundation or you’re newly stepping into the role as lead marketer for a nonprofit, you know that fundraisers are extremely important for organizations of all kinds. Beyond bringing in much-needed pledges to help keep the cause going strong, fundraising events help to draw awareness to your cause, spread the word through the community, and bring new volunteers to your team. It goes without saying, then, that your fundraiser needs to be a real showstopper.
Especially for those new to the industry, planning and executing an amazing nonprofit event can be nerve-wracking. To help relieve some of your stress, the Orlando nonprofit event planning experts at An Affair of Excellence have a few tips to keep in mind as you plan your first fundraiser:
- Start by planning well in advance. We recommend that you begin planning for your event at least six months before its intended date; that way, you’ll be able to secure your venue, notify your attendees, and have a backup plan ready in case of emergency. By getting a head start, you’ll give yourself time to pay attention to the little details that really delight your guests.
- Round up some generous sponsors. Sponsorship is mutually beneficial for you and your community leaders: while your nonprofit event receives the funding it needs, your sponsors will be happy to advertise in your program. Reach out to trusted members of the community–restaurants, local businesses, and registrants for your event–and ask for their pledge for real success.
- Harness the power of volunteers. Volunteers are the people who keep your nonprofit organization going, the lifeblood of your industry. You’ll definitely be needing their help as you host your fundraising event. Whether you choose a team of school-aged Honors Society members or a few of your own friends and family members, be sure to get their definite pledge for assistance well before the event. You don’t want to be left short handed!
- Keep your guests well-fed. Some nonprofit events do well with a few simple drinks and hors d’oeuvres to keep guests satisfied, but others will need full-on catering and service. Of course, which catering company you choose depends on the style of event you’re hosting–you wouldn’t want to offer subs at a black tie affair. This goes back to beginning the planning phase at least six months ahead of time so that you can reserve your favorite caterer.
With the right amount of planning and a good support system, your fundraising event should go off without a hitch. To learn more, or to get in touch with a trusted Orlando nonprofit event planning team, contact An Affair of Excellence at (407) 902-6657.