Liven Up Fundraising Events

This past weekend I attended a wedding – a former co-worker and friend of my husband and me. It was an intimate celebration with many sentimental and delightful touches (including this cake, made by the bride). One of the fun touches they added was asking guests...

Working the Room – When it’s a Challenge

Recently I’ve been talking about Working the Room – how to get the most out of donor relationships during event. Then I wrote a post about getting the right people to the event.  The posts outlined practical steps about how fundraisers, board and staff can...

Working the Room – Getting the Right People

In my last post, I offered some practical tips on  ensuring that your nonprofit events maximize donor, volunteer and prospect relationships and help move them forward (and how to deal with challenges here). But much of this can start even earlier – at the...

Working the Room

I had a colleague who told me, as we prepared to attend a pre-opening donor event at an art museum, that these events were very difficult for her. “They aren’t hard for you, you like talking with people,” she said. “For me, it is...

Unforgettable

I never thought I would see one of our donors – a seasoned attorney – jumping on a trampoline with a Gates daughter. But at this event, I walked into the room at just the right time.  At United Way of King County, we successfully employed “donor...

Mix and Mingle

Once, while preparing for an event for major donors, a colleague commented, “These events are easy for you, you like doing it. It is hard for me!” It is true that I love to talk to people and hear their stories. I enjoy hosting parties. And I take pleasure...

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