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4 Road-tested Tips for Special Events Planning from a Plunger-Wielding Pro

4 Road-tested Tips for Special Events Planning from a Plunger-Wielding Pro

“I miss the adrenaline of special events,” my friend Emily’s email message read.  We had worked together at a nonprofit organization a couple of years back and had worked side-by-side through many events. I had sent her a message and mentioned that I had an event the next day.     

About 5 minutes after I read Emily’s email, I got another email message from the Operations Manager of the next-day’s venue.  With less than 24 hours until our guests arrived, the manager’s message read [paraphrasing],

“Dear Event Organizer:  We know your event is tomorrow, but we’re writing to tell you that we’ve changed all of our rules.  Here are our new rules, including the rules you must follow before your event.  If you don’t follow every single one of the rules, your event will be cancelled. By the way, surprise:  here is your new invoice.  We’ve changed that, too.” 

Note to self:  “must tell Emily not to write foreshadowing email messages.

The Beauty of a Fundraising Plan

The Beauty of a Fundraising Plan

Several years ago, I took an Executive Director position at a nonprofit that serves several counties in Northeast Georgia. 

When I took the position, the organization was in trouble. The organization had ended several years in the red and had become overly reliant on a handful of dwindling government grants.

In self-defeating fashion, the organization’s board members had, become convinced that they couldn’t fundraise. Their last attempt to hold a fundraising event had resulted in a group of about 15 people—almost all board or staff—awkwardly hovering around the refreshments as the band played to an empty hall.