It’s easy for events to become repetitive, especially if you hold the same event every year. Relying on traditional processes and methods might hinder your opportunity to raise more.
It could be time to shake things up! The events industry, fundraising solutions and your guests are all rapidly evolving. Create at environment at your event that your particular guest demographic is going to thrive in.
Here are four ways to revamp your fundraising event:1) Venue
Adopting a new venue each year or bi-annually has the power to reinvigorate your event, however it’s important to ensure that your guests have easy access to the venue and it suits your demographic and theme.
2) Food and drinks
For many of us food and drink is the pinnacle of any event, this rule can be applied to fundraising events too.
If you serve the same set menu year after year, consider re-designing it by introducing different elements. Perhaps you could create a special cocktail, unique to your event, or create a themed menu, for instance a gala dinner in an English country estate with a menu where the food has been sourced entirely from farmers in that region. Understandably revamping your food and drink plan entirely can be difficult on a tight budget, however it is possible to mix things up by getting creative!
Your entertainment should complement the theme of your event and appeal to the demographic of your guests.
All too often the entertainment at fundraising events can be a downfall as the style or approach of the entertainer does not match the audience’s interests. It’s paramount that when you are sourcing entertainment for your event that you anticipate what or who your guests will connect with.
Along with entertainment, ensuring you have a host or MC who maintains the audience’s attention throughout the night is critical. Whether they are introducing the entertainment, running through the proceedings of the event, explaining how the fundraising technology works or drumming up bids and pledges, a charismatic and engaging character is essential to revive your events legacy.4) Fundraising technology!
It’s likely you’re already using fundraising technology to facilitate your auction at your events. However, you may benefit from adopting the following features and solutions to help you raise even more!
Sealed bidding can help you combat fundraising fatigue at events and online. Guests will only see the number of bids that have been placed on an item, traditionally the highest bid is revealed. At the end of the auction the donor who submitted the highest bid wins the item.
Providing auction items and experiences that impress your guests will play a huge a part in making your silent auction successful. We have an entire department dedicated to sourcing unique auction items, memorable experiences and innovative packages.
You could argue payment collection is the single most important element of a fundraising event, and if it’s not executed successfully the amount you raise will take a big hit. Here are three payment collection options that will enable you to complete the task efficiently.