events

Noble Failure: An Update

I was a fan of the ACBF (Andrea & Charles Bronfman Foundation) before it wound down, specifically how Bronfman went about his thoughtful philanthropy. In his book, The Art of Giving, Bronfman speaks of noble failure (the ability for a project to fail in order to gain valuable learning experiences). I wrote about this...

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Everybody loves summer. It is a time to relax, spending time with the family, and decompress. Wait…. Haven’t I just been spending the last 3 full months with the family!?!?! In any event, I will be taking some downtime over the summer, so if you’re missing my weekly blog, I encourage you to look...

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Showing the True Cost of Events

I have long had a love/hate relationship with events. Perhaps it’s because of the inherent risk of running an event (you can potentially lose money), or perhaps it is because I personally prefer one-on-one cultivation events (and really dislike crowds). In any event, it is of utmost importance that you calculate the true cost...

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Third-Party Events

All fundraising organizations have some sort of event portfolio. It may be a ‘thon’ (walk-a-thon, cycle-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, etc.), it may be a gala or it may even be a lottery or a tournament. These events are usually heavily labor-focused and, unfortunately, do not create deep relationships with the participants (it is, after all, an event that...

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Events as Fundraisers

As I have shared in previous posts,¬†Joan Garry‘s book on Nonprofit Leadership is a great go-to for fundraisers. Joan speaks of the Ask at Events: * The $500 gift to the gala costs the organization something. A solid special event will spend 30 [though I say it’s closer to 50] percent of every dollar it raises. With...

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The Top 10 Myths About Fundraising Part 1b

Last article, I spoke of Direct mail. Here is the next modality that I mentioned — Special Events. Special Events are quite often seen as a gateway for donors. I like to manage the expectations of Special Events well in advance with committees, boards, and senior management — will this be a fundraiser or a friend-raiser?...

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The Top 10 Myths About Fundraising Part 1a

Most of the funds raised come from events Actually, nothing could be further from the truth (for most charities). In fundraising there are 5 different revenue streams == Direct Mail, Special Events, Planned Giving (What a horrible phrase — aren’t all gifts planned? Would the opposite be impulse giving?) Major/Campaign Gifts and finally Annual...

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