Non-profit organizations live and die off their ability to fundraise. While it would be nice to have a steady donor based committed to making automatic monthly contributions, that’s simply not realistic for most entities. In reality, they usually rely on one or two major events every year to raise money to meet their expenses. In most communities, the same business leaders are invited to every fundraiser, and many have to choose which they’ll attend, as they only have so much cash they can give. This is why it’s important to have an event that will stand out from the stuffy black-tie gala. Here are some suggestions to make yours memorable!
Pick a Decade
A private event planner New Jersey can help you with the logistics of venues, meal ordering, etc. Here’s the easiest way to get people out of tuxes and ball-gowns: set a theme based around a decade and let that determine the dress code! A 1920s-themed party invokes flappers and gangsters. Go to the ‘50s for greasers and poodle skirts. The ‘60s provide a fun platform for flower children and hippies. Take it to the disco in the 1970s! Who can possibly forget the strange and unique fashions of the ‘80s? Or go “grunge” with the ‘90s. The possibilities are endless, and the casual, goofy look will loosen people up. It may even loosen up your wallets.
Spin the Globe
While it’s always important to stay culturally sensitive, a light-hearted twist on the decade theme is to base it off a geographical location. It can be tons of fun to go tropical or Hawaiian, especially in the winter. A luau or beach party (especially if you can go outdoors) is great.
People get tired of keynote speakers, PowerPoint presentations, and even DJs. Think outside the box! Speaking of “outside the box” escape rooms have popped up all across the country and are a great way to provide a fun evening for donors. Murder mysteries are also a fun way of incorporating the time and place themes we’ve already discussed with interactive teamwork, problem solving, and lots of potential for laughs and memories.
It’s tough to ask people to give money, especially if your organization is competing with dozens of other worthy non-profits in your community. If you can turn your fundraiser into an experience, you may find donors develop an even closer relationship to your cause.