Event Management

Out-of-Control Major Gift Events Program
October 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

Tell me what you think is wrong with this picture: There is a major gift officer (MGO) who has a caseload, and he is also charged with doing events for the organization. He has three staff members who work with him on this agenda...

Learn About Best Practices in Event Fundraising at RAISE 2017
August 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

Today’s changing landscape is constantly evolving the nonprofit sector. And with the evolution of digital technologies comes more opportunity for fundraising—especially when it comes to event fundraising. RAISE 2017 is the first national conference for event fundraising professionals, and it’s all taking place from Sept. 25 to 26 in Washington, D.C...

A Career Lesson: Incentives Are Bad for Nonprofits
June 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

I (Katrina) have had several 10,000-hour thresholds in my career. I started my company, Turnkey, in 1989, so my first 10,000 hours happened around 2007 or so. By that time, while certainly not having achieved genius-level competence...

Event T-Shirts (Are They Worth It?)
May 31, 2017 at 10:36 am

There is a common lack of understanding about the value of redemption in driving fundraising. As opposed to being a “thank you for your participation” item, the data shows that the act of redeeming for appropriately selected items results in higher levels of revenue on the part of volunteer fundraisers and donors alike...

NPP Leadership Speaker Spotlight: Roger Craver
May 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

A legendary name in fundraising, Roger Craver is co-founder of the “The Agitator” and author of “Retention Fundraising: The Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life.” He is not your average fundraiser—a disruptor and a challenger of the status quo—in fact; he continues to bring light and knowledge about donor retention, one of the biggest challenges facing the nonprofit sector today...

The Importance of an Annual Board Retreat
May 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm

At the end of the day our organization and I need highly trained and motivated volunteers to help in a variety of roles, especially fundraising. A board retreat is a great tool to use for this purpose. I strongly encourage annual retreats...

Extreme Events Equals Extreme Affinity (But Think Before You Leap)
May 3, 2017 at 10:04 am

Some years ago, I was having dinner with a client and her husband, Bill. In the course of the meal, it came up that Bill was going to be doing a DIY event to raise money for breast cancer research, and they asked if I would consider sponsoring Bill for $100 for his event…

Expand Your Horizons
April 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

We are big on not attending the same professional conferences year after year. Take a break from your routine and attend a new conference—maybe one outside of your nonprofit sector. This year, I’m taking a break from AFP to attend a different conference and I plan to be back at AFP next year...