In the non-profit world, fundraising is essential. It’s also very challenging. In many communities, dozens of worthwhile organizations compete for dollars from a handful of philanthropists and business leaders. They’re all being invited to the same black-tie gala dinners, and they’re probably tired of them. Here are a few ideas to make your fundraiser more memorable, and hopefully, more successful!
A Golf Tournament
A golf tournament isn’t exactly a revolutionary idea, but there are a few very important reasons why it could pay off. Many business owners and managers enjoy golfing, and an excuse to do it during work hours as they represent their company is appealing. Also, these are generally very competitive people. While they will definitely enjoy vying for golf tournament raffle prizes, they love the chance to beat other executives for bragging rights!
A Hawaiian Luau
While you always need to be sensitive to cultural appropriation, there’s nothing wrong with a respectful homage to a great Hawaiian tradition: the luau! There’s no better way to get your guests and donors to relax themselves (and their wallets) than to invite them for a beautiful outdoor feast with dancing, tropical flowers, and delicious island delicacies. Tell them to dress casually in floral prints, and they’ll already be in the mood to relax.
A Murder Mystery Dinner
Problem-solving and role play are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fun and memories that can come from a murder mystery fundraiser. You can find tips to create your own, or work with local theatre troupes to build a one-of-a-kind experience for your supporters.
For most non-profits, every day presents difficult challenges and often, difficult situations and struggles. Use these ideas to make your annual fundraiser something to look forward to, rather than a stressful item on your to-do list!