Over the years, I have spoken to, observed or advised charities across North America. The numbers are in the 10’s of 1,000’s and continue to grow each year. I’ve spoken to and helped charities in every state and most of the Canadian provinces. One single issue comes up all the time, charities or nonprofit organizations trying to find an alternative method of raising funds outside of a Gala or Dinner.
I recently spoke with (2) individuals from charities or groups that desperately needed to raise money. One of these groups was actually deeply in debt and needed to fundraise to get themselves out of the financial hole they were in. They were calling me asking for help but when I told them what we would do, both decided not to move forward because they feel that there are other ways to raise the funds they need other than hosting a social gathering.
These charities represent many across North America who believe that “Gala’s” or events like that are over done. They believe that there are other ways to raise a major amount of money like these events do. Sadly, they are mistaken and inevitably work harder to raise less. They will aim all over the target but the bullseye and miss the mark they so desperately need to.
These events are social, people get to purchase a table and be with their family or friends for a fun night out. They can enjoy great music, great food, drinks and bid/win amazing items. They also get to support a charity which they feel close to all at the same time.
Creating an event causes everyone to come and attend and these are normally held on a Friday or Saturday evening. Guests get dressed up, are relaxed and enjoy the evening out. Sponsors on the other hand are attracted to such an event for marketing reasons and therefore will make large financial donations just so that the guests see that they support the charity hosting the event.
When people are relaxed, enjoying themselves they are quicker to open their wallets and hearts to help the cause. Furthermore, there is no better time to educate the guests on the mission of your charity/nonprofit.
Think about it, who doesn’t enjoy a great dinner and an evening out? The bigger the event, the larger the attendance will be which equals larger donations and a successful fundraiser.
Give people what they want!!! Have you seen Facebook lately? On people’s birthday, they are asking for their family and friends to donate to the favorite charity. There are GoFundMe pages posted every single day all over the country. People get overwhelmed and "Numb" to charities because everywhere they turn, they are being approached "Cold" and being asked to donate.
But if you give people a great night out at a very nice place, who wouldn’t want to go to that? If done correctly, your guests won’t even realize they are donating so much or donated at all. These types of events are entertaining and that is why they are successful if planned and managed correctly.
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