SIX SIMPLE STEPS TO RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT:
STEP 1: YOUR IDEA
The simplest ideas are often the best. Think about your target audience. What will your friends, family and colleagues be excited to be a part of?
Make sure your event is actually going to raise money (!) and that the time you spend organising it is realistic.
STEP 2: WHERE
Decide on a venue:
Remember if you don’t ask, you don’t get – venues will often give you a discount on rental costs or even waive them completely.
If you want to sell alcohol or have live music, make sure the venue has the right licenses.
Check the public transport links to your venue are good.
STEP 3: WHEN
Decide on a date:
Think carefully about clashes with established events or public holidays
Think about the weather
STEP 4: BUDGETING
Set yourself a realistic target:
Work out all costs and estimate how much money you are going to bring in
Look at how you can reduce costs wherever possible
Set a date before your event begins to review payments made and money received
STEP 5: PROMOTION
Shout about your event:
Think about who you are targeting and how they will best receive information, eg email, posters, flyers.
Think about where you want to promote – how far and wide?
Look at cost of printing and remember to ask printers if they will waive the cost for you as a charitable donation.
STEP 6: AFTER THE FUN IS OVER
Say thank you:
Don’t forget to thank all those who took part and any companies who donated services