Whether you’re looking to raise profits for a specific organization that means a lot to you, or you simply want to find a way to get more involved in your community, organizing a charity is a commendable endeavor. However, the organization process involves a lot of steps. From finding donor leads to choosing the right venue, here are some of the best tips for organizing a successful charity event.
Set a Financial Goal
When asking people to make donations, it helps to have a goal in mind. But clearly defining how much you hope to raise, people will be that much more inspired to write a check. If you’re thousands of dollars shy of your goal, people are likely to make higher donations.
Besides straightforward donations, you should also think of other creative ways you can raise money to reach your goal. Perhaps you can offer a service like washing cars, or putting on a performance with various members of the community.
Your fundraising goal will help you come up with your ticket prices or product prices. Do the math and determine how many you need to sell in order to reach your goal. That way, you’ll have an idea of whether your goal is realistic based on pricing.
Choose the Right Venue
As they say in show business, “location is everything!” In order to ensure that your event is a success, it’s critical to choose the perfect venue. Not only should it be the right price (ideally free,) but it should also be the right size.
Choosing too large of a venue can feel overly spacious and downright unnecessary. At the same time, choosing too small of a venue can leave your guests feeling cramped and uncomfortable. Make sure that your location can suit all of the events and guests you plan on having, and above all make sure that it’s easy to get to.
Choose the Right Guests
For your event to be a success, you need to ensure that you invite the right people. Do your research on associations and guests in your area who are known for getting involved in local charity events. The more notable the guests you can attract, the more credibility you’ll give your cause. Above all, the more strategic you are about who you invite, the more likely you’ll be to get more donations.
Choose The Right Theme
Sure, charity events are all about a greater cause, yet, at the end of the day, people want to enjoy themselves too! Choose a theme that will get people excited about going to that will encourage more attendance. If you’re not sure on what theme to choose, do a little exploring online. There is no shortage of inspiration on charity themes to help you create a memorable and unique event for your community.