Tips for Successful Charity Fundraisers

Have you just agreed to serve on a fundraising committee, or even chair a fund raising committee? Whether you’re charged with raising funds for a local community non-profit or your child’s school, there are several tried and true principals that when properly applied, will ensure your event is a huge success. Follow these recommendations from the professional development experts and event planners to ensure your event is a huge success.

Review the information available on events that your organization has hosted in the past. Determine what produced the desired results and what didn’t. One of the key ingredients in a successful fund raiser is a strong, empowered committee of volunteers. Remember that everyone is volunteering and planning the event should be ‘fun raising’ as well as fund raising.  The first step is to define your fund raising goal, select your program, review your budget and secure a venue. Whether you’re doing a silent/live auction, oyster roast, denim and diamonds or even auctioning dates with local celebrities, planning is the key. Divide your committee into smaller sub-committees.  Media and guest list focus could be the focus of one sub-committee; auction items the focus for another. The nature of the event will dictate this process. The more volunteers you have on your team, the less work each will be tasked with.

Select a caterer and work with them on the menu options several months before the event. Entertainment can be in the form of a DJ, band or even showcase local talent from the community.

The more guests that attend the event, the greater the chances of reaching your fund raising goal.Send out save the date cards and create enticing invitations to follow at least five weeks prior to the date of the event.  Be sure to recognize all the efforts of your team of volunteers. One way to thank them is by taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and giving gift certificates from Buckle. Everyone will enjoy the great selection of styles available. Best of luck to you on a successful fund raiser!