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 […]

Planning Is Key

Planning Is Key

Dear Friends and Colleagues: At some point in your career, a client (or organization’s leader) might say to you “I been thinking about our upcoming event and I have everything figured out.  By the way, I will only need your involvement with the event’s logistics.” Depending upon your workload, you might be tempted to view […]