Nonprofit events can help raise awareness and money for your cause.
Here are a few tips for to keep in mind for your nonprofit events:
1. Short and sweet- Longer is not always better. Consider hosting a short but powerful lunch lasting 55 minutes with powerful testimonies from the director, participants, volunteers, etc.
2. Smaller events between galas can make a difference- Small dinners and lunches, volunteer appreciation, donor attended program services, etc., can build powerful foundations for higher yields at galas.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for nonprofit pricing- Many vendors and companies have a different pricing structure for their business when a nonprofit is on the other side of the transaction. Many also will donate product to meet an annual goal of giving back.
4. Find a corporation willing to make your mission their mission- Many corporations are looking for purpose and passion. Searching for one to partner with you, in dollars, product, volunteers, sponsorship, and networking can be worth the time.
5. The goal of many nonprofits is impacting lives – Taking time to read, re-read and listen to the people whose lives you are impacting will keep you energized and focused. Don’t underestimate the power of that day in and day out.
6. Relationships with people should be the primary focus of development- People can help in many ways including advice, labor, purpose, dollars, etc. Network and continue to meet new people interested in your cause.
7. People follow their hearts with their money- Focus on moving their hearts and dollars will follow.
8. STOP and smell the roses- We can get lost in event details and forget about the lives impacted and the beauty in our programs. Stepping back in the middle of the crazy to watch and appreciate can be game-changing for your work.
9. Make volunteers visible by training your staff to see them as a critical part- Find out why they are there and you will find out more great reasons why your organization should continue to grow and prosper.
10. Quality not quantity- Flooding donors with communication is never the answer. Focus your communication on impactful, moving or critical information at strategic times and your donors will open the email and read them!
If you’re planning an event for your nonprofit, contact us to learn more about our Indianapolis event venue. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you throughout the process to help make your event a success!
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