Positioning Your Organization to Host 7-Figure Events || The Courage to Begin


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Frequently I have the pleasure of speaking with non-profit leaders who are looking to host their first six-or-seven figure fundraiser, or reinvigorate a dormant event, as they recognize the potential impact on their bottom line.

Many of these leaders frequently attend fundraising events as guests of organizations within their niche, board members of charities whose work they support and/or financial contributors of causes that resonate with their core beliefs – and they recognize the benefit of adding similar events to their development portfolio.

However, as they must focus on more the more pressing needs of identifying donors and stakeholders, defining their organization’s funding model and creating seamless ways for supporters to contribute to their work, they have little time to devote to the steps involved and may feel unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

So what options do they have?

To assist with this process, I am writing a 9-part series of articles titled Positioning Your Organization to Host 7-Figure Events™ as a resource.

In this series I will share information leaders, and their teams, can use to:

  1. Set the Stage for Success
  2. Create Momentum for their Event
  3. Make the Case for Support
  4. Collaborate with Corporate Honorees
  5. Create Successful Fundraisers for Different Audiences
  6. Create a Grand Affair with Lasting Appeal (GALA)
  7. Create an Invitation for Maximum Benefit
  8. Work Effectively with Vendors
  9. Assemble All the Pieces

From my experience, these strategies will help non-profit leaders set the stage for 7-figure event success.  So look for these articles every 2 weeks.

Here’s to your success!

With kind regards,


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 to this visual “storyboard” for elegant, yet simple, entertaining ideas.  Today, I would like to share my ideas with you, in the same spirit of generosity that you have extended to me.  So here’s a toast to you my friends.

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship,
but never in want.

Traditional Irish Toast

Happy New Year!

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, and on-line resources as well, for elegant ways to dress up my holiday table.  As my dinner parties are intimate, I will use the rules for setting an informal dinner table as my guide.  However, there are some really spectacular formal table settings that I would love to try in the future.

For today’s post, I have decided to share some of the ideas I am considering.  As always, I would love to hear from you.  When you have a moment, I encourage you to share your holiday table ideas.  If you enjoy well-planned events as much as I do, I know the possibilities are endless.

Happy Planning!


Why This Topic?

Red Maple Leaf Design, ©Stephanie Badini
Red Maple Leaf Design, ©Stephanie Badini

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I invite you to join me on a journey into the world of special events.  When I am not planning events, I am writing — or contemplating what to write — so I thought why not create a vehicle that anyone can have access to?

I am so excited to share my experiences with you in this medium.  If you have ever been curious to learn what special events planners really do for a living, you have come to the right place.  I often hear “oh, you plan parties?”  “That’s not a real job”.

If your background happens to be in the event planning world, I know that you will agree that what our guests see is one important part of a very big picture.  Planning events, particularly fundraising events, is extremely demanding and quite painstaking.

As with every profession there are days when I feel as if I am sitting on top of the world. However, that feeling comes at the end of the process, not during the planning and execution stages.  Throughout my 20+ years in this business, I have come to regard my profession as one of the most comprehensive executive training programs I have ever participated in.  

Interesting in learning more about the event strategies required for success?  If the answer is yes, I invite you to join me for an overview of what to expect.  I will also share candid anecdotes so that novices and seasoned professionals can take comfort in knowing that someone out there really does get it, knows what really goes on behind the scenes and appreciates the sacrifices that are made.  It is not all glitz and glam.  But, as we all know, a true investment cannot be measured with a paycheck.  However once the feeling of exhaustion has waned — and if everything went as planned — the memories you are left with are priceless.

I look forward to sharing my updates with you.

With kind regards,