NonProfit Fundraising Tips

Non-Profit Fundraisers – Doing More with Less

Non-Profit Fundraising Tips

During these difficult financial times, Non-Profits struggle to meet an increased demand for their services while funding decreases. In honor of these essential community pillars, Vibrant Table has come up with a top-ten tip list for making your event dollars stretch further.

  1. Don’t be shy about sharing your budget to encourage a more efficient planning process. If your vendors know what they have to work with, they will do their best to find ways to make it work. Plus, they may suggest ways to reduce costs that you haven’t thought of.
  2. At vendor meetings, be prepared to talk about what event elements are most important to your organization to help them identify the most appropriate cost-saving measures. What are your priorities for the highest quality event?
  3. Offer your vendors sponsorship or promotional opportunities in exchange for discounts, such as ad space in your program, features on your website, or a thank you in the greeting or closing.
  4. Select a venue that includes the most services with the rental of the facility. Do they provide tables and chairs, discounted audio-visual services, dance floors, etc? Ask about reduced rates for non-profit organizations.
  5. To lower bar costs, offer a signature cocktail with beer and wine or limit the number of hosted beverages with drink tickets. Contact local wineries and beverage distributors to see if they will donate their goods, and find venues and caterers that allow you to provide your own alcohol. Shop around for the lowest corkage fees.
  6. Limit your menu to reduce food costs. For example, serve your guests one entrée (with a vegetarian option) rather than two if providing a plated meal. For buffets, use smaller plates to reduce over-eating.
  7. Is a local bakery willing to donate desserts or offer them at discounted rates? Talk to your caterer to make sure this is ok first.
  8. For ‘wow’ décor on a budget, select seasonal, local blooms and incorporate large focal flowers in simple ways. Consider floating dahlias in water-filled vases as a table centerpiece. Scatter inexpensive votives (or battery-operated alternatives) to enhance the mood.
  9. Can auction items be incorporated into the displays? Not only will you save on vase rentals, a hand-made bowl filled with beautiful flowers is more exciting to take home.
  10. Pass on the love. Ask your caterer about donating any left-over food to a local food bank.

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~ by Faith on October 7, 2009.

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