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Black Tie Optional: A Complete Special Events Resource for by Harry A. Freedman

By Harry A. Freedman

Compliment for Black Tie non-compulsory: an entire targeted occasions source for Nonprofit enterprises, moment Edition"I want I had had this useful booklet whilst i used to be assisting plan fundraisers some time past. My existence might were more straightforward, and our checking account more fit. do not torture your self: get this publication, persist with its suggestion and be a hero!"—Richard B. Stolley, Senior Editorial Adviser, Time, Inc. Founding Editor, humans magazine"Black Tie not obligatory is whatever yet an non-compulsory learn. This step by step consultant on easy methods to strategize and execute a winning fundraiser is key to an individual contemplating how most sensible to take on the advanced global of occasion making plans. Black Tie not obligatory is the archetypal roadmap for these project the lucrative but overwhelming trip of profitable fundraising. An absolute needs to read!"—Cathy Elkies, Senior vice chairman and Charity Auctioneer, Christie's"Harry Freedman is aware tips to plan an occasion. He has it right down to an artwork. "—World-renowned artist PETER MAXRegardless of the type of large occasion your company has deliberate for its subsequent fundraiser, every thing you must be aware of and do is during this thorough and crucial instruction manual. Now in a moment variation, Black Tie not obligatory demystifies the method and makes it as effortless as attainable to have a winning occasion that generates funds in addition to new supporters. Authors and specialists Harry Freedman and Karen Feldman hide the entire angles and convey you ways to:Decide at the most sensible type of occasion to your organizationSelect the simplest place and date to your eventDevelop budgetsReach and booklet celebritiesCreate invites and get publicitySet price ticket pricesOrganize and inspire your committeesThis convenient, how-to handbook takes you step-by-step in the course of the complete means of making a choice on and generating easy and intricate occasions and palms you with the entire details you wish, together with useful suggestion, real-world examples from real occasions, precis checklists, and worksheets. Black Tie not obligatory is destined to turn into your dog-eared blueprint for earning money and allies within the identify of your reason.

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Participants may buy seats at one or more restaurants. Sometimes the establishments will donate a course or portion of the meal, leaving more of the admission for the charitable cause. Add to profits by holding a raffle in advance (sell raffle tickets while selling meal tickets) and possibly a miniauction at each restaurant. Planning time: Two to four months People needs: Minimal. The group needs someone to handle publicity/advertising as well as a sales committee in which each member commits to sell 10 or more tickets or purchase the tickets themselves.

Consider tying in with another organization’s festival or “a-thon” to cut costs and expose more people to the cause. Some municipalities help sponsor such events by waiving rental fees on a park or recreation center. Planning time: Two to four months People needs: High. Lots of volunteers are needed to set up booths, attract vendors, arrange for entertainment, handle tickets, parking, and cleanup. Costs: Enough upfront money to cover booth rental, site cleanup, security, and insurance. Cow-Chip Bingo This simple event requires one well-fed cow delivered to a football field or other large area divided into one-square-yard plats.

What about individual major donors? • How successful has the group been in conveying its cause and mission and has the community signed on? • What has the group invested (spent on specific events) versus what it raised? Besides holding fundraising events, keeping the organization in the public eye is vitally important. Set up a schedule of written news releases as well as TV and radio public service announcements. Look for local cable shows with logical tie-ins and use a Web site, blogs, and e-mail to get the word out about the group’s cause, goals, and successes.

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