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Are you a systems geek? Do you live in the details? Do you think nonprofits are changing the world? We might be your new home. We believe that nonprofit organizations and the people who run them are changemakers who work hard to make the world a better place. We work alongside them as guides, coaches […]

Finding the Right Storytelling Partner

Being in alignment with your storytelling partner matters. Sourcing a storyteller who is part of the community you work in is a wonderful way to deepen your story and your relationships at the same time. North by Northeast Community Health Center found out what a difference this makes at their first-ever fundraiser, Community Supper. As the only […]

The Power of Raising a Glass

If your organization supports a community that faces hardships, your event is a great way to celebrate how the community overcomes those hardships and thrives. Domestic violence support services nonprofit Bradley Angle does an incredible job of this with their annual GlamHer event celebrating survivors. By highlighting “after” stories of the power and potential of […]

Connecting to a Statewide Campaign

Your larger work as an organization can be the perfect way to build a stronger and more connected annual event. The best way to do this is to dynamically dovetail your event with a more comprehensive campaign so that they can amplify each other. Trillium Family Services does a fantastic job of this with their […]

When Your Event Rocks Your Mission

Your mission as an organization could be the perfect opportunity to bring more authenticity to the kind of event you put on, who attends and why. This was exactly what the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) had in mind when putting together their Battle of the Bands event. Designed to increase advocacy and fundraising […]

Turning Up Your Special Appeal’s Impact

Your special appeal has the potential to be your largest source of fundraising income on the day of your event. The best way to harness this potential is to tell the most impactful story you can that positions your organization as the change agent in the life of those featured. Community Action did just that […]

Your Event as a Platform

Sometimes leaning into the political climate impacting your organization can bring the room together at your event. There are times when it makes sense to name the elephant in the room and its effect on those you support. When you get in front of it and frame it in a constructive way, you can direct […]

Pairing Your Honorees and Your Mission

The honorees at your event are a great opportunity to have someone else tell the story of your mission and champion your organization. At their Oregonians Against Discrimination Business Leaders Luncheon this year, Basic Rights Oregon honored two local Portland businesses leading the way in recognizing and supporting transgender and LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and trainings. […]

Using the Event Program to Share Your Traditions

Bringing donors into the traditions of your organization makes them feel a deeper connection to your work. And putting those you do the work for in the room with donors also lets them see your work in action. Camp Fire Columbia worked this year to make their student voices present in as many aspects of […]

Activating Your Organization’s Partners

Because events happen in a live and dynamic space, you can utilize them to activate your organization’s sponsors and partners in engaging ways that make them known and give them unique opportunities to be a part of your mission. Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives utilizes this idea at their annual gala which takes place as a […]
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