3 Corporate Fundraising Components That Put the Fun Back in Fundraising
Let’s face it: fundraisers can sometimes be a little… eh, stale. Here are three key areas you can spice up if you’re looking to inject a little fun back into these events!
1. Interactive Activities: Any event that can get guests involved in an engaging activity is sure to be a winner. The possibilities are many: Design a fun step and repeat with a short red (or purple or green!) carpet and make your guests feel like stars. Adorn your tables with creative materials to read about your cause and give your guests something to do when in need of a distraction during a speech. Finally, instead of an expensive floral centerpiece, place an attractive auction item in the middle of each table with a bidding sheet. At one point throughout the event, allow your guests to explore the gifts at the other tables and place a bid on those that pique their interests. These interactive activities are sure to keep your guests talking about your event for weeks.
2. Food: Even if your event is raising funds for a cause that isn’t exactly cheerful, be sure to put some thought into your menu in a way that stands out to guests in a fun way. This thoughtful element will elevate any function. The Go Red for Women Campaign incorporates their signature color red and heart symbol into every aspect of their events, including meals. Consider personalizing your menu with a theme especially during dessert since it’s the last part of the meal your guests’ experience. Getting creative during a meal will surely add a pop to your fundraiser!
3. Entertainment: Any fundraiser experience can be boosted with the right form of entertainment. Of course a live band is always a great way to keep a crowd moving but consider some nontraditional ways to engage your guests including a stand-up comedian, a dance troupe, opera singer, magician or celebrity look-alike!
No matter what you do for a corporate fundraiser, don’t forget to keep your mission at the forefront of your event in creative ways. If you are able to make everyone feel the importance of what you do while having fun, your guests will walk away with a memorable experience. We are also not ashamed to say that picking a unique venue can boost attendance to your event, like hosting your event at Marilyn Monroe's former estate in Los Angeles or Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.'s Mansion.