Empower Your Supporters to Host Their Own Events on EveryAction


Many nonprofits and campaign organizations regularly empower their supporters to throw their own house parties, host fundraisers, and organize community events. However, it's extremely important that attendee data from those distributed events is synced into the nonprofit's database - for purposes of list-building, fundraising, and targeted follow-ups. Nonprofits can use EveryAction's supporter-generated events feature to do just that in a few quick-and-easy steps.

A Hack to Dramatically Improve Your Virtual Events

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Many events are canceled and that’s a problem. So you turn to a virtual event. Or, maybe you just cancel and lose the revenue because you don’t want to disappoint the attendees and feel that this particular event won’t work online. An Hours Long Zoom Webinar is Not a Virtual Event. The virtual event that every organization has done in the past is a webinar. And so it has some resemblance to the event we need to do. All Virtual Events Are Not the Same.

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Going Virtual is Not Enough, Part Two: Competitive P2P Events

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This post will cover competitive fundraising events, such as cycling, endurance, and race events. While there are certainly many participants who support the organization hosting the event, the cause sometimes takes a back seat to the activity itself.

7 Tips to Make Sure That Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Doesn't Flop


Nonprofit fundraising events are a great way to raise money and increase your organization’s profile at the same time. Whether you’re planning an elegant cocktail hour at a local restaurant or a low-key barbecue in a supporter’s backyard, the difference between a successful fundraising event and a total failure comes down to one thing: getting engaged and passionate people in the door. Follow these steps to make sure your event is a fundraising success rather than a financial flop.

The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist

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Fundraising events are an exciting and useful tool for exposing your mission to the community. Every event serves similar purposes: networking, increasing revenue and generating awareness. Your mission-focused event should mirror your organization’s purpose, and guests should feel aligned with your message. Not all events produce hefty revenue returns , but, if done properly, each one is guaranteed to feature your mission, increasing community focus. Main Event.

30 Virtual Event Statistics You Need to Know in 2020

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Are you considering hosting a virtual event? Check out these 30 stats from nonprofits, membership organizations, and professional event planners to get prepared

Announcing the 2020 Virtual Event Report: Everything You Need to Know to Run a Better Virtual Event

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We surveyed over 1,000 membership organizations to help solve all of your most pressing challenges related to virtual events. Read this post to learn the top three takeaways and download the Virtual Event Report to read the full insights

Going Virtual – An Alternative Volunteer Event Guide

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In light of that trend and all the recent travel upheaval due to COVID – 19, with increasing restrictions being placed on companies and their global workforce, we wanted to address creative alternatives to traditional volunteer events. . Often virtual events don’t elicit the same emotional connection as when a team come s together for in-person service.

How to Run Better Virtual Events: 5 Experts Weigh In

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Earlier this month, we released the 2020 Virtual Events Research Report. In this post, experts in the nonprofit, association, and membership management space provide additional insights and advice around taking your virtual events in the right direction

The Time Has Come to Reinvent Fall 2020 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events

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The paradigm for campaigns that have moved forward has been reactive to this point – taking an in-person event and making it virtual. In undertaking a landscape review of many well-known P2P event websites, findings were consistent with that paradigm across spring events. However, fall event websites told a much different story. Fall event websites seem untouched by the pandemic. Indicating the event would move forward if permitted.

7 Tips for Successful Event Sponsorship Proposals

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Experienced event fundraiser marketers know the importance of having great sponsors behind you. Whether your event is large or it’s small, sponsors bring a level of legitimacy to your organization’s efforts while adding a significant contribution to your coffers. If it fits your target audience for the event, tell them that your attendance will consist of many people that are in their age range. When your event has ended, make sure to follow up with your sponsors.

#GivingTuesday Strategies For Event Fundraising

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Top Event Strategies for Major Donor Cultivation

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A great way to develop relationships is to host a cultivation event: you can invite the friends, neighbors, co-workers and/or family of a current donor or volunteer. Read on to find out: 10 Strategies to Create a Successful Cultivation Event : Identify a current donor or volunteer who is a strong advocate and ask them to host an intimate, invite-only gathering in their home. Assign one staff member to lead the event , which will simplify the process for the host and staff.

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3 Reasons Your Nonprofit’s Event Page Is Underperforming

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3 Reasons Your Nonprofit’s Event Page Is Underperforming. This has been evident in a variety of ways, from companies stepping in to help nonprofits stay afloat to an overall decrease in donations, and even (as we’re going to discuss in this guide), the mass pivot of fundraising events.

7 Techniques for Event Fundraising Success


Register for our monthly Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. The seven event fundraising techniques or “best practices&# described here emerged from analyzing data and interviewing nonprofit event and development staff. Launch the event online at least six months in advance. On average, organizations set up online events about 5.5 months before the event begins.

Turning Event Donors into Annual Donors

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How do I get more out of my event donors ? However, it also seems that most have yet to put a real strategy behind engaging event donors. Some add event donors to their newsletter list. From my experience, nonprofits mostly toss event donors into their regular communication cycle and hope for the best. The challenge is greater with event donors because you know next to nothing about them. Want to hear two more ways to turn event donors into annual donors?

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Three 2013 Resolutions for Event Fundraisers

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In the spirit of making New Year’s Resolutions, I wanted to suggest three … Event Fundraising Traditional Events event fundraising tips

8 Best Practices for Nonprofit Event Fundraising

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Okay, so you’ve decided you’re going to throw a nonprofit fundraising event… virtual high fives. Nonprofit fundraising events can be a great opportunity to bring the support of donors, volunteers, and fundraisers together in real life to rally around your cause, whether it’s through a nationwide 5k or a local bowl-a-thon. And while charity events can be important for raising funds for your cause, it’s no secret they can also be a lot of work.

Tips for Keeping Your Fundraising Events Unique and Memorable

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With this in mind, here are tips for planning a fundraising event that is memorable, spiced up, and unique. . Instead of serving the same chicken, pasta, and fish dishes that you always do (and that every other event does), change it up. It’s pretty much what everyone’s been doing for their events for years. Hire a mime or a magician or maybe a tuba band (ok, maybe you should shy away from the tuba at the event). Planning Your Fall Events?

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Put a Fitbit on Your Event Fundraiser

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So why not think of your event metrics as your own personal P2P FitBit? Whether you are monitoring your event progress week to week until you reach the big day or you are reviewing your results, your fundraising event success depends on monitoring your metrics such as participant solicitation activity, average gift, as well as your middle to outlying fundraisers. So what metrics should you check out to monitor the health of your peer-to-peer fundraising event?

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 160: Reimagining Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events

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Running peer-to-peer fundraising events present a challenge in the current environment. However, the organizations that will be successful this fall are those who realize they must pivot and start proactively planning for these events.

A Cornucopia of Ways to Support Independent Fundraising Events


This year, one of the strongest fundraising trends we’ve seen is for nonprofits to cultivate “third … Emerging Events Event Fundraising nonprofit-trends Online Fundraising Peer-to-Peer Fundraising event fundraising event fundraising tips Friends Asking Friends independent fundraising events Peer to Peer Fundraising

Optimizing Event Outcomes

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Spring is often event season in the nonprofit world and I’ve been involved in my fair share over the past few months as a speaker at a gala, volunteer at a 5k fun run, an attendee at a “friend raiser” for a local politician and a few others in between. Full disclosure: I’m not always a fan of events for nonprofits, primarily for reasons related to overhead, organizational focus, opportunity cost and challenges of demonstrating Return on Investment or Mission.

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August Update: Expert Insights to Help You Run Virtual Events

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From running virtual events to raising funds online, many organizations have adapted well through a variety of digital initiatives in August. Here are more insights and resources, including the brand new 2020 Virtual Events Research Report, to help you continue to engage members

8 Tips on How to Plan Your First Event

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Events are a cornerstone of nonprofit development. With this guide, you’ll be able to plan your first event that leaves a lasting impact on your attendees and the future of your nonprofit. Make sure an event is the best option. Events are fun and can be beneficial, but they may not always be the best option. You can avoid spending time and resources on a big event when a different approach?like What are you trying to gain from your event?

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What To Do If You Have to Cancel Your Event

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Is your nonprofit forced to cancel your events in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Here's how to handle it, and 3 options for what to do instead

Church events made easier with VolunteerMark


It’s the annual church carnival and volunteers are needed to make it a successful event for the community. There’s the big task of finding volunteers, then phone calls, reminders, meetings, schedule changes and much more required to plan a church-wide event. Who’s bringing what? Who’s serving where? What donations are needed? It’s a lot to keep track of.

Lessons from the Field: How Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound Turned a Major Event into a Virtual Fundraiser

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However, it became clear early in the month that the impact of COVID-19 in the Seattle metro area would leave their staff, volunteers, and Board members without an in-person event to highlight all the work they’d accomplished in the past year. . Our Board really loves our in-person events so we weren’t sure how we could make the breakfast capture that same feeling online ,” says Corey Little, Development and Events Coordinator.

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6 Strategies You Can Use Today to Increase Event Attendance

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Want more event attendees? Here are six tactics you can use to boost event attendance starting today Who doesn't?

6 Elements of a Successful P2P Event Homepage

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The homepage of your P2P event is the first page that most of your participants will see before they register. This can take many forms depending on the specifics of your event: For events with multiple locations, it can be a “Find an Event” search or listing. Team-based events may offer options to “Start a Team”, “Join a Team” or “Register as an individual”. Information About the P2P Event.

30 Post-Event Survey Questions (+ Why They Matter)

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Looking for the perfect post-event survey questions to get feedback on your event? Here are 30 you can use as, well as some best practices for structuring your event survey

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P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

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The term peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising describes a style of fundraising where … Emerging Events Event Fundraising Peer-to-Peer Fundraising fundraising individual fundraising virtual events

The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

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And if you’re in the peer to peer event space , you know this to be especially true. I recently returned to Blackbaud after a 3-year stint working for a large cancer hospital where I established a brand new institutional P2P fundraising event—The Boot Walk to End Cancer. I credit much of the success to one key component of our P2P event strategy: Leadership Volunteers. A donation of time/talents is an indicator of a deeper passion for your mission/event.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Throughout the year we'll be updating this calendar with even more conferences, updated ticket prices, and event hashtags. Did your event make the list? Join us and hundreds of fundraising and marketing professionals at the Washington Nonprofit Conference, a two-day event where you will exchange innovative marketing and fundraising ideas, generate insightful solutions and think creatively to help you make the relationship with your donors even stronger. It's finally here!

Are You Playing ‘Twenty Questions’ with Your Event Registrants?

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Just because ‘Twenty Questions’ is a good way to pass the time during road trips, does not mean the game has a place on your event registration form. Just like certain pieces of clothing are required for you to visit public places, there are certain questions you have to ask during event registration. These questions are your event accessories. We’re not saying cut these questions from your event entirely.

How to Make Revenue Without Events in Wild Apricot

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If running events is no longer an option for you, this post will cover tips and examples on how you can use Wild Apricot to make more revenue

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Engaging Event Donors to Consider Planned Gifts

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Direct mail and direct response, annual fund, special campaigns, major donors and event donors and participants form the back-bone of your planned gift prospect pool. Explore simple ways to engage your event donor in the planned gift conversation. Planned Giving Stewardship event donors planned gifts

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Predictive Modeling for Future Peer to Peer Fundraising Events

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Last year, I worked with 2017 npExpert Katrina VanHuss at TurnKey P2P to build a model for walking events with no registration fee to give visibility into the future success of your walk based on the event’s current progress to date. This predictive model can help you with understanding the real-time health of your event to ensure that you will hit your goals by event day. Predictive Modeling for Fundraising Events. Days until the Event. %

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What Matters Most to Event Fundraisers?


Is it online tools to help you administer your events and register participants? They are all very important pieces of any successful event. But I happen to think what matters most to event fundraisers is your participant. Event Fundraising #nptech event fundraising fundraising fundraising events Online FundraisingWhat was your answer? Is it logistics and course planning for your run, walk, or ride?

Counting on Success? Focus on Event Fundraising Analytics

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Over time, we’ve isolated certain benchmarks that provide clues to the health of an event. Efforts that improve these metrics often lead to growth in revenue and vitality of an event or event series. Refer to Analyze This: A Nonprofit’s Guide to Event Fundraising Analytics by Convio and Event 360 for an excellent discussion of these key peer-to-peer fundraising metrics and more. How Do I Use Metrics with My Event?

Supporting Your Event Volunteers

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Is it time to set the bar a little higher for how you support your event volunteers? volunteer management events

Peer-to-Peer Event Registration Discounts – Smart or Not?

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Your peer-to-peer run, cycling event, or ride has a registration fee, and now you’re feeling like you need to run a special discount promotion to increase your registration numbers. But should you really put your event on sale? This can be adopted for any event, but is a clearer choice if your event is new, if you’ve never offered discounts before, or your event is near capacity. Three months prior to event. $35. One month prior to event. $50.

Event Fundraising Contests That Will Blow Your Mind!!


Register for our Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. We’ve touched on task-based event fundraising contest here before, but because this way of motivating your supporters is so effective we thought it was time to0 revisit the topic in more details. This makes each FAF email potentially worth $15 in donations to you, if your events perform close to our statistical averages. Events Boot Camp.

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