Charities by nonprofit organisations depend on donations and volunteers to keep the activities running. If you are in the community and you are organising for an event, the following steps will help you in having a successful fundraising event.
Have a Purpose
The first step in planning the event is to have a clear purpose for what you want to do. List down your goals, and remember that you do not have to have one goal. The event can aim to raise money, recruit more volunteers in the community, and improve the publicity of the charity organisation or the activities that the group of volunteers engage in.
Set Up a Budget
Every event must have a budget. You need to break down how much money you should have for the event and the resources you need to plan the event. There are things that you should prioritise, like buying refreshments for the people who will attend the event. In some cases, you may need to hire an MC, but if you have a volunteer to help with that, it would be a cost-cutting measure.
The mistake that most events organisers make is to imagine that people will always be available at short notice. No matter how passionate the community is about the cause you are championing, you need to give them ample time to prepare and mark the date. Start planning the events early so that people who you are targeting can clear their schedule in advance.
Have a Planning Committee
It is easier to plan for a fundraising event if you have a team working with you. You can identify some volunteers in the community and assign them roles that they can take up in the planning. For instance, you can have someone doing the marketing and publicity drives on social media, another person can do invites and coordinate the people who will be attending. You can also find someone to be in charge of coming up with the budget.
Choose a Convenient Day
The day that you choose should be one that is convenient for the community. Do some consultations and figure out if other events would be coinciding with the fundraising. For instance, if there is an activity that has already been slotted for the day you are considering, you may get fewer people attending the fundraising. Other things that you should bear in mind are the weather and the location you choose for the event.