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Real Stories About Real People Make a Difference

Your special appeal is the largest fundraising opportunity during your event. Not the silent auction. Not the raffle. Not the wine wall. The special appeal. And because it is such a large opportunity, it is important to spend significant time and energy on it to yield that return. Your special appeal should not be about […]

Meet Avery

Meet Avery. He’s proof that it’s never too early to start to teach the power of volunteering and philanthropy. Avery recently attended the Raphael House Founders Dinner—solo. He got dropped off at the University Club where the event was held and volunteered to sell wild card raffle tickets before the live auction. But when the […]

Event Themes Can Extend Far Beyond Centerpieces

Sometimes planning a fundraising event can seem like stitching together seemingly disparate elements with 50 colors of thread. Your organization wants a keynote. And to give away awards. And to have some live music. And a special appeal. And the executive director has a lot to say about updates for your organization over the last […]

Improved Format Suits Audience Just Fine

Columbia Land Trust held another wildly successful event last weekend at Montgomery Park. A great portion of that success can be traced to the momentum they were able to capitalize on due to the event’s actual format, one that they started to play with three years ago. CLT’s dedicated audience is comprised of people passionate […]

Keep Things Fun

A fundraising event with a fun, festive, social atmosphere focused on the positive impact of the donor’s gift, increases individual giving and fosters a more successful relationship with major donors than an event with a more formal, business feel. Community Action decided to transform their annual gala from a formal affair with a keynote speaker […]

Getting to the Heart of the Special Appeal

At the heart of every successful event, is a successful special appeal. And at the heart of every successful special appeal, is a compelling story with characters whom the audience can relate to and care about. Basic Rights Oregon got this spot on when choosing their most recent special appeal film subjects, Paul Rummell and […]

Putting the Party in the Party

How can a VIP experience help you raise money? Auction it off! At the recent Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp Prom gala, the live auction was kicked off by the sale of a VIP table. This ramped up the excitement right off the bat, building momentum that ran into the rest of the live auction. The […]
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