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Host an Epic Fundraising Event

Posted on by Alexa Gould

It is one of the most important nights of the year. Months of planning and promoting all lead up to this. Each year, many nonprofit organizations plan special events and galas for their annual fundraiser. Follow our guide on how to host an epic fundraising event your guests will enjoy.

Host an Epic Fundraising Event

Fundraising events range in scale based on your budget and time frame. Events vary from sit-down dinner galas to casual cocktail hours. It’s important to identify your budget right off the bat. While it’s possible to receive donations from sponsors to host the event, be aware of any hidden expenses. Your budget allows you to decide on the biggest factors like venue and catering early on. A stunning waterfront venue in Destin, the Bay House™ has fantastic indoor and outdoor event space perfect for a fundraising event. For out of town attendees, the Cottages by the Bay offer charming, nearby accommodations.

Once you know your budget, it is critical to stay true to your organization’s mission. How can you highlight your work while delivering a memorable experience to your guests? Reflect on what makes your mission unique and how to incorporate this during the event. Additionally, get creative and tie in a theme to make your event stand out. It’s important to keep guests engaged and expose donors to all of the fantastic things you do. Appeal to their emotions and show them how their money is put to use. It is critical to build these relationships to develop long-term loyalty.

During the event, keep your guests intrigued. Often, fundraising events incorporate raffles, silent auctions, and more. Share how donors can be involved in your organization and open the door for them to learn more. Additionally, make sure to staff the fundraising event well. It is important to maintain a high level of professionalism and design a smooth event from ticketing to goodbyes. On that note, follow up and say thank you to guests the day following the event. Your organization is fresh in their mind, and now is a great time to move forward with the connections you made.

Contact us to plan a memorable fundraising event at the Bay House™ today!

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