Raise Money Before the Big Day

by admin on March 25, 2014

Fundraising and event planning can be stressful, but very, very rewarding. If you have an event coming up and you want to get a jump start on your fundraising goal, get creative! Raise money before the event so guests won’t feel like they have to give when they’re at your event, having a good time.

Here are a few suggestions.

Text a Donation: Many charities have worked with phone companies to set up special texting services that raise money for your organisation. Send out an email or facebook blast a few days before the event. Encourage guests to text the provided number to donate a small amount ($5-15). The price for the service is minimal, the charge shows up on the guests’ phone bill, and it takes less than a minute!

You can even keep it going at the event. Announce during the event that you’d like to raise a certain amount in the next 10 minutes, give your guests the number, and watch them reach for their phones!

Online Auction: Are you hosting an auction or raffle? Post the items online so donors can browse the selection and see what others are bidding. Announce certain items via social media to get your guests talking about the auction. Anticipation for the items will build in the days leading up to the event, leading to higher donations, with a final rally for bids at the actual event.

Start a Social Media Campaign: Encourage supporters to use social media to spread the word about your upcoming event. Promote last minute tickets sales by sharing links on Facebook, and offer free tickets to one lucky person who likes, shares, or comments on your link. Create a fun hashtag for guests to use on Twitter and Instagram. Tell guests to take a picture of their event ticket or invitation and post it on Instagram. Suggest that your guests bring a +1 (partner or friend) to your event on Google+.

Don’t pressure yourself to reach your entire fundraising goal at your event. Your guests want to have a great time while supporting your charity. Encouraging early donations can take that pressure off during the event so you can truly celebrate your work and your supporters. Have fun and raise that money!

 

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The Divine Divas Show Hits Melbourne May 2013

If you’re into live events that include Vegas-style portrayals of the biggest superstars on the planet, this is one show you won’t want to miss! The incredible Divine Divas show is a delightfully decadent two hour tribute performance that will feature extravagant portrayals of twenty world-famous superstars, like Cher, Madonna, Liza, Beyonce, Pink, Tina, Dolly, Kylie, and many more.

This flamboyant tribute to our favorite divas is always evolving, and was started by Warren Gooch, the talented founding cast member, and styled by the brilliant modern choreographer, Leigh Kempster.

Truly a Spectacular Event

This captivating event will take place on 18 May at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne. Fun for the whole family, this performance is sure to amaze with all the glamour and glitz of a Vegas-inspired extravaganza.

With very high heels and a whole lot of class, Divine Divas will feature sixteen of the most exceptional female impersonators in jaw-dropping transformations that include donning sensational pieces from an authentically reproduced wardrobe valued at more than $200,000.

More than 60,000 Australians and New Zealanders have had the pleasure of enjoying this fabulous event first hand.

Be sure to get your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on all the incredible fun!

How to Get Inspired

Whether or not you can afford to make it to The Palms for this decedent event, you need not despair. Take the idea for a tribute show and run with it. Get a group of friends together, decide on the kind of famous stars you’d like to portray, and hit up the second hand stores for your costumes.

If you want to really get into it, print up some low cost, high quality event tickets, and raise money for a good cause, like a local charity or a non-profit organisation you support.

Promoting your event well is a good start. Start by developing a plan of action. Will you send out emails? Print flyers? Mail personalized invitations? All of these ideas will work, and many times they work best when done in tandem.

Once you’ve promoted your glamourous event, decide on a ticket price that’s low enough to appeal to the masses, but high enough so you can make your money back and have a little something extra.

You can either donate it, or keep it for yourself to use for your next event.

 

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A dollar amount

by admin on March 15, 2011

What makes a charity fund raiser successful?

You want to reach your target and earn enough money to justify the cost of the event, of course, but there’s more to it than that. Many organisations find that their supporters are happy to purchase an event ticket at a price of $100 or more to attend an evening in support of a cause they truly support, but with that event ticket comes certain expectations. While your guests want to help you with their donation, they want a degree of luxury in return!

Choice of venue is imperative. Upscale and unusual locales help justify the price of entry, but you can also spend less if you are creative and willing to decorate and cart in amenities. Consider fun spaces:

  • Museums
  • Zoos (if there is sufficient space, so dinner is not marred with animal smells)
  • Parks
  • Very fine homes (if you can find a wealthy supporter willing to host)

Consider the members of your group. What sort of thing would amuse or intrigue them? Might any of them has possession of a large space you could transform for a single evening. A truly unusual venue will help you sell more tickets to the event. A space usually off-limits to the public may gain you new supporters who are willing to but tickets simply to see backstage, behind-the-scenes, or into a usually secret building.

As for food and entertainment, not for profit organisations can often find people to donate upscale experiences. Once again, to justify the price of admission, you want truly scrumptious meals and talented musician. If your supporters are not prone to dancing, perhaps a comedian would be willing to serve as an emcee and keep the night lively.

Of course, while you do hope to earn a certain amount from ticket sales, you’ll want to make your event a real success with multiple options for donating. A cash bar is one way to earn more money, but an open bar can be even more effective if paired with other events:

  • Silent auction
  • Prize draw
  • Casino night
  • Carnival games

Once again, it’s important to know your group. Will publicly praising big spenders motivate others to up their donation? Will they enjoy fun and games in exchange for their money, or would they prefer an honest, intelligent, and heartfelt plea (perhaps a Power Point presentation highlighting your work, with moving images of whatever you wish to help) to write an additional check?

Create an appropriate atmosphere for your guests and start printing tickets to your next charity fundraising success.

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The Hottest Ticket This Christmas

by admin on November 29, 2010

Did you remember to plan ahead?

If your Christmas celebration is to serve as a fundraiser for your favourite charitable organisation, don’t forget to print your own event tickets online. It’s a brilliant way to save you time and money. Your personalised event tickets will be printed quickly and shipped right to your door, so you can start selling seats sooner. Custom printed free ticket templates in full colour or black and white help you send a proper message: we’re ready for a party!

What sort of service will the best ticket manufacturer offer? Besides free designs and fast delivery, you can expect standard security features such as individual numbering to help keep your event safe and secure. In addition, matching event kits allow you to promote the festivities with invitations, posters, and more. You can even add a prize draw to the gala with matching raffle tickets, which you can sell in advance to earn even money for your charity.

Party planning can be complicated, but event ticket printing is easy!

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Don’t Scare the Money!

by admin on October 26, 2010

Are you selling as many Event Tickets as you could?

Nonprofit organisations often depend on successful charity events to balance their operating budget every year, and the success of your events depends on the connection you’ve made with your donors. Here are 3 mistakes that some groups make: ways to drive supporters away instead of keeping them close.

Too much data: Are you making your supporters work too hard? Rather than inundating everyone with every minute detail, to the point where your emails and newsletters become unreadable, keep your missives short and sweet. Choose a few heartwarming anecdotes rather than pages of numbers. Make the numbers available for those who want them, but use your regular communication to make people feel good about supporting you.

Just waiting: No matter how wonderful your website, you can’t sit back and wait for people to find it. Paid links aren’t necessarily the answer either. Your best bet is to go out and find your supporters. Research forums where like-minded people congregate and leave insightful and thought-provoking posts and comments, along with a link back to your main site.

Self-centered: You have definitive ideas about your mission, but if you’re fund raising, a little flexibility can make a world of difference. How can you reach out to your donors and let them make your mission their own? Let them own your charity: put the donor first so they really believe they are making a difference through their donations.

Don’t alienate your base! Keep them close, so that when you start selling Event Tickets to your upcoming charity gala, they’re ready to line up to show their support!

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Beyond the Dinner Dance

by admin on September 16, 2010

Organisations that offer multiple levels of access, such as museums selling day passes and yearly memberships along with special levels of association for big donors, do well to consider those extra perks that might make larger donations worthwhile. As a member of various nature groups, I receive several invitations a year to upscale members-only events, where guests are always treated like royalty, and a good time is guaranteed.

While annual charity fundraisers are always enjoyable, I especially prefer purchasing Event Tickets to those special events that provide members with an extra sneak-peak: a party in conjunction with (and in advance of) a larger happening at the venue.

Does your group plan certain yearly events, some of which are free to the public, and some of which are included in the cost of the ticket at the gate, or available for a small additional cost? I have in mind my local botanical gardens. Every spring, they host an unusual plant sale, where strange and noteworthy specimens, suitable for indoor growing or outdoor planting, are offered. Around the same time, they open their wonderful seasonal butterfly attraction. The plant sale is free (held in the car park) and anyone may shop. The butterfly exhibit costs a little extra beyond the price of admission, although it’s free for members.

It makes good sense that they’ve combined these two interesting attractions for a members-only event that takes place before either event is open to the public. It’s a charity dinner with music, dancing, drinks, and a prize draw, but the events provide an extra twist. In addition to the typical entertainment, members are able to shop the unusual plant sale before the general public has a chance to buy up all the best plants. Also, they are provided with a behind-the-scenes tour of the butterfly exhibit! Lepidopterists are on hand to answer questions.

That’s how to keep your guests feeling like VIPs and encourage them to dig deep to support you. You give them something a little extra for the price of admission and they’ll provide you with the same!

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All Together Now

by admin on August 24, 2010

Planning a charity event? The perfect combination of charity, venue, sponsor, and entertainment can benefit everyone involved, long after the event ends. Here’s how:

Your charity stands for something. You know what it is, and so do your supporters. Your event should earn money for your charity through Event Ticket sales, and it should entertain your supporters, but it should also attract new supporters, provide exposure for those who give generously of their time, and, if you are clever about it, really benefit your sponsors as well.

Rather than renting out a hall, perhaps you can make a deal with a popular local venue. Do you already have a relationship with a particular pub? Is it located in the centre of things, near foot traffic and other night spots? Ideal! Rather than paying the full fee to rent a space and hire people to serve drinks, you can hold your event in a pub. They’ll benefit from increased drink sales during your event. If you’ve chosen a good location, you and the venue can benefit as passersby see there is something special going inside and decide to check it out.

If you can find performers that support your charity or relate to it, they may be persuaded to donate the evening’s entertainment in exchange for the exposure. New bands may be happy to perform, but think outside the box. Does your charity help animals? Perhaps you can work with the local human society. An animal fashion show or an adoption event may help everyone. Consider who can help, and how they might benefit.

As for sponsors, many local business are happy to donate their name and their goods to worthy charities. It’s wonderful exposure and good business. Selling Raffle Tickets with Event Tickets can help them earn more money and increase traffic to their shops. Simply being affiliated with your group can earn them goodwill, and, of course, their charitable donations should decrease their tax burden.

So, before you plan your next event, consider all the people you could be helping, and then plan accordingly.

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