Every charity needs a healthy culture of philanthropy and this starts with the leadership behavior of each and every governance volunteer. Board members serve as role models to employees, donors and all other stakeholders and this includes demonstrating support with all facets of the fundraising cycle.
Embarking on the decision to host a fundraising gala your organization has created additional opportunity to advance the charitable mission beyond raising funds or friends. Great galas serve as entertainment, brand builder, engagement tool and communication vehicle. Reflecting upon all these areas with a 'learn and apply' mindset can help you improve your galas or similar events.
In the final preparation remember to take time to pump up your team, thank them for what they have done and will do to make the event a success.
Unless you are going for a medieval feast theme keep your theme balanced and simple so not to overshadow the purpose of your event. Themes can provide inspiration for speeches, menu, propping of the space, event visual identify and creative collateral material. Here are 15 helpful tips on how to produce a fundraising gala.
Great galas stand out above many other fundraising events if they compel people to attend, elevate your cause and garner donor support long after the event.
During economic downturns families adjust their spending and individuals consider if donating to charities is possible. Governments undertake reviews of the social programs to balance budgets that may influence charitable grant programs. Corporate funders rethink how their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives align with community needs. All the while, fundraisers require support to achieve the financial needs of the charity.