Planning a fundraising dinner gala event is a great way to raise awareness about your chosen cause, grow your base of supporters and get more donations. However, nobody said it is a breeze. There many things you need to keep in mind for your event to be a fruitful and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
We are going to talk about the most important aspects you should take into consideration when planning this type of event right now, so keep on reading.
Consider the money aspect
Planning a fundraising dinner gala event will most likely require more funds than other types of fundraisers. That does not mean you cannot do it. It just means you need to think about ways to gain sponsorship for your event before you can start sending out invitations. Here some ideas to help you acquire funds:
- Give something in return to show appreciation. It could be anything from a VIP pass at your event to advertising perks.
- Do some research to find out which companies in your proximity are interested in sponsoring your event.
- Contact the local media to raise awareness and spark interest within the community.
It is important that you thoroughly analyze all costs and set a budget before you do anything else. Knowing how much money you will need to turn a profit is paramount.
Divide tasks to improve efficiency
The key to planning a successful fundraising dinner gala event is making sure every single aspect of the evening is properly taken care of. That is why you should consider splitting up each task such as entertainment, PR or decoration into smaller planning committees. This way, each element will be well-managed since every committee will be able to focus more on what they have to do.
Highlight your charity’s mission
Getting your message out should be one of the primary goals when planning fundraising dinner gala events. People want to know exactly how their contribution is going to help your cause, so make sure you remind your guests what is the main reason you’ve asked them to attend.
A good way to do this is by providing compelling information about how the money raised that night will be spent, be it through print materials or videos.
Don’t overlook the entertainment aspect at your fundraising gala dinner event
The right type of entertainment can help you create a “Wow” moment at your event, the kind your donors will appreciate. A gala event is mainly about raising money, but remember that your guests also want to have a good time and enjoy themselves.
Stage shows are great for creating a pleasant environment for your guests. We think a stage comedian like Mark Schiff would be perfect for this type of event. His clean humor is spot-on, and you will be able to rest assured that nobody at your gala will be offended by his performance.
Feel free to take a look at some of the other entertainers we are proud to represent to find just the right person to make your future fundraiser event memorable.