Creating an Event Budget to Ensure Success

Creating an Event Budget to Ensure Success

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Fundraisers and event planners know the important role budgets play when working with business and organization leaders. The event budget serves as a guide when hiring vendors, can serve as an effective negotiating tool and will help keep track of expenses. While this process can be layered, and usually requires several revisions, it cannot be […]

Lessons Learned From Leaders

Lessons Learned From Leaders

Dear Friends and Colleagues, A dynamic group of young men and women have invited me to discuss my profession and the lessons I’ve learned from working with leaders. As expected, summarizing my role as a fundraiser and event planner required some time as I am addressing a group of young adults. However describing what I’ve […]

Do I Have Time to Plan A Successful Fundraiser?

Do I Have Time to Plan A Successful Fundraiser?

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Time is certainly moving at a fast clip and we are already in the second week of February. At this pace spring will arrive before we know it. Recently a member of a community-based organization inquired if there is enough time to plan a fundraiser in May, which is three months […]

Welcome 2016 – A New Year’s Toast

Welcome 2016 – A New Year’s Toast

Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you know, my recent posts have focused on tips for seasoned planners and novices.  However, as we prepare to welcome 2016, I would like to offer a toast to you, for a fabulous (and prosperous) New Year. In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never […]

Time to Reconnect

Time to Reconnect

Dear Colleagues, After a brief hiatus, it is good to be back. I look forward to connecting with you and hearing what you’ve been up to. I am also working on ways to engage you further in this process and allow you to share your social and fundraising event success with us. Please stay tuned for […]

Tips for Effective Crisis Management

Tips for Effective Crisis Management

Dear Friends and Colleagues: There is one thing special event planners know for sure — the highs and lows of this business are real! One week, we may be celebrating a successful event or product launch. The next week, we could be navigating a plethora of event-related challenges.  What happens when things go wrong?  What safeguards […]

A New Year’s Toast

A New Year’s Toast

Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you know, my recent posts have focused on tips for seasoned planners and novices.  However, as we prepare to welcome 2015, I would like to offer a toast to you, for a fabulous (and prosperous) New Year. While making plans to receive family and friends tonight’s New Year’s Eve gathering, I found myself referring […]

The Table Is Set

The Table Is Set

Dear Friends and Colleagues: The holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  Most people are in good spirits, invitations to holiday events arrive at a steady pace and, most important of all, I can plan special holiday dinners for my family and friends. I have spent the past few days looking at my favorite design magazines, […]

Obtaining Clarity Around Your Vision

Obtaining Clarity Around Your Vision

Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is no secret that we, as event planners, find parties and gatherings to be exciting.  This is one of the main reasons why we work such long hours; frequently allowing event-related plans to permeate our weekends and holidays.  We have seen how excited guests are at the chance to come […]

4 Strategies For Transitioning To Fundraising Events

4 Strategies For Transitioning To Fundraising Events

Dear Friends and Colleagues: Organizations host events for several different reasons.  Some will focus primarily on friend-raising, while other will focus on fundraising.  What I have come to realize is that sooner or later most organizations will need to make the transition from an awareness building event (friend-raiser) to an income generating event (fundraiser). Can this be […]