No matter the size of your nonprofit organization, it's likely to hold a special event for fundraising purposes at some point -- whether it's a pancake breakfast or a gala blacktie dinner. Pick up crucial practical and legal tips here.
If your nonprofit organization hasn't already put on at least one special event in the past in order to raise money, we're guessing that it will do so in the not-too-distant future. Common types of nonprofit special events include dinners, auctions, fairs and festivals, lectures, benefit concerts, home and garden tours, tournaments, contests, sporting events, and walkathons.
If your nonprofit has a good-sized corps of volunteers, access to an appropriate venue, enough interested members to show up and bid at reasonably high levels, and contacts with merchants, professionals, or skilled members who will donate items for bidding or provide sponsorships and other assistance,
If your nonprofit is planning a special event fundraiser, such as a dinner, auction, tournament, festival, or garden/home tour, you’ve probably already figured out that ticket sales won’t likely cover your costs, much less turn the event into a true fundraiser. Corporate sponsorships may help, but
Car washes are a standby of grassroots nonprofit fundraising efforts. This is particularly true among schools, scouting troops, sports teams, and band groups, which have lots of energetic young people ready to do the actual washing. (Fifth graders through high schoolers tend to be best suited for washing
Making your special fundraising event profitable will require keeping costs down. It follows that you must consider any minor or major disasters that might befall it — such as a child getting injured on-site, a donor drinking too much and causing an accident driving home, or a thief taking your cash
Nearly every nonprofit will hold an off-site special event/fundraiser at some point, perhaps at a hotel, church, or restaurant. Let's say you've found the perfect spot. Maybe the venue's owners have even offered to partially donate use of the space, as a way to help support your organization's important
Our nonprofit is planning its first big dinner event soon – all volunteer-run, with no help from events planners or other experts. It will be an outdoor barbeque, with a station where people can buy beer and Margaritas. Am I being a worrier, or are there extra precautionary steps we should take around the possibility that we might be, you know, getting people drunk?