Events

Get Your Board on Board for P2P
September 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

An engaged and passionate board of directors is essential for nonprofit success. A 2012 study found that 55 percent of nonprofits that engaged their boards in fundraising saw an increase in fundraising results over the prior year, while just 43 percent of nonprofits whose boards did not fundraise saw an increase. It's clear that getting your board involved can be huge. And that's especially true for peer-to-peer programs...

Charity 5K Bombing Suspect Arrested After Explosion at Weekend Race
September 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

On Saturday, hours before an explosion in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood injured 29 people, a similar device exploded near the route of a charity 5K race in a small Jersey Shore town. There were no injuries, but the explosion forced organizers to cancel the race. Authorities are now investigating a possible connection between the blasts, and this morning arrested suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami after a shootout with police...

Why Having an Open House for Your Nonprofit Makes Sense
August 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

If you’re stuck trying to figure out a special way to show appreciation to your donors, how about having an open house at your organization? If you can’t hold one on site, have it at a restaurant or other venue. You may be able to find someone to donate space. Invite other supporters, too You…

Gun Shop Cancels AR-15 Raffle Fundraiser for Orlando
July 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

Dubbed “The Most Wanted Gun in America” by The New York Times, the AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle available to citizens, is turning out to be a popular choice for fundraiser giveaways. (No, really.) But when Second Amendment Sports, a gun shop in McHenry, Ill., announced it would join the trend and raffle off a Smith & Wesson AR-15 modern sporting rifle to benefit the victims of the Orlando shooting, it hit a snag. The law...

Tennessee Lawmaker's Fundraiser to Give Away AR-15 Rifles Days After Orlando Attack
June 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

Mere days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history left 50 dead and 53 wounded, Tennessee Rep. Andy Holt said he will no longer give away an AR-15 rifle as a door prize at his first annual "Hog Fest and Turkey Shoot" fundraiser. He'll give away two. "Giving away two AR-15s now," Holt said on Twitter. "See you all there!"...

Inside the Wild World of Charity Auctions
June 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

Benefit auctions, popping up every spring like Park Avenue tulips, have become about as ubiquitous as art fairs and openings. Charity sales are the primary means by which artists can pack a philanthropic punch, but they can be an exasperating staple of New York’s art-world calendar, burdening the artists who donate work with drawbacks and…

Does the Boston Marathon Have a Charity Problem?
April 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

By all accounts, Monday's Boston Marathon was a huge success, both as a triumph of human spirit and for charity. If it were included in Peer to Peer Professional Forum's "P2P Fundraising 30," last year's event would have ranked 17th among all P2P programs in 2015 gross total and second among single events. This year's race raised $16 million, so far. That should be cause for universal celebration, but not everyone is thrilled with the idea of Boston Marathon as charity run...

Small Budget? Act Like a Big Guy Anyway
April 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

The top 10 U.S. charities combined for more than $59 billion in revenue in 2015 alone. Chances are, your nonprofit isn't quite on that level. According to Independent Sector, just 4 percent of nonprofits top $10 million in annual revenue, while 75 percent of charities have annual expenses of less than $500,000. The majority of the sector is the little guys: small organizations trying to do big things on a small budget. But that doesn't mean you can't look and operate like the big guys...

Nonprofit Events Should Be About More Than Large Checks
March 23, 2016 at 10:42 am

Fundraising events, like galas and balls, can be classy, enjoyable affairs that raise big bucks for larger nonprofits. However, given that most nonprofits are facing a larger demand on their resources, they’re more than ever under pressure to stage events that keep donors engaged well after the champagne buzz wears off, experts say. Take the…