5 Tips for Securing Sponsors for a Non-profit Event

Non profit SponsorsWe’ve discussed how to raise funds and how to expose your organization in several previous posts. One way to garner support for your cause is to hold an event. Events can run the gamut. You could hold a charity fun run or maybe you want to get fancy and hold a gala; regardless of what type of event you have, you are likely going to need some outside help to pull things off.
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#FundTheTruck Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Greater Washington County Food Bank

Food BankWe did it! Totaling up the contributions made on April 6 at The Tapolci Foundation’s #FundTheTruck event, we were able to exceed our goal! Who made it possible? You did, of course. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who could make it to Mad Mex to support our cause for The Greater Washington County Food Bank!
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How to Harvest Your Connections

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors of the season are beautiful, we start to snuggle up in sweaters, and we enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving. You can watch the squirrels outside your window scurrying around collecting their winter stores. This time of the year we start to gather together with family and friends; make new connections, and strengthen current ones. We network, just as the squirrel gathers its acorns, and we collect connections. Many people collect business cards (or if you are like me you collect contacts on your iPhone) like others would baseball cards. But how do utilize your compilation of contacts or capture new ones? Here are some ways you can round up and harvest your connections.  


Organize Your Donors

In the nonprofit realm we can use all the help we can get. If your group is anything like those I’ve been involved with, you are a pretty lean group. In order to keep things running when it comes to coordinating special events, additional help is needed. The great thing is there are so many people ready to lend a hand, and they are already in your database–your donors! If you don’t already have a system that helps you keep track of those who have given, and for which campaigns, it is essential you start! Check out programs like DonorPerfect, which will help you log contributions your group has given to other programs, organize donations via campaign (this is great when you have annual events/fundraisers), as well as log volunteer activities. Having information like this organized and at your finger tips will help you filter who to reach out to for assistance for certain projects.

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Fall Back Into Your Connections By Networking

As we prepare to “fall back” and turn the clocks back an hour in three weeks, let’s talk about another thing you can fall back into. That thing is your social network! During the summer months planning can get hectic with vacations, picnics, reunions, and all of the other summer activities we look forward to all year. This can cause scheduling conflicts within your networking group. As things slow down and before everyone gets ready for the holiday season there is time to catch up with your colleagues.

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