Fundraising Special Events Are Back

The variety of fundraising special events is truly mind-boggling, and this page will not try to describe that variety in any detail. Beyond the familiar benefit auctions and performances, almost anything people find fun to do in groups can be turned into a benefit event. In terms of finding venues, many businesses and organizations may be willing to host an event. This includes bars, restaurants, coffee shops, bowling alleys, live music venues, nightclubs, theatres, comedy clubs, art and craft galleries, religious facilities, summer and fall street festivals, and personal homes.

A rich "how-to" resource of books, online articles and videos is focused on conducting successful special event fundraisers. A handful of the more recent and more popular are identified and linked below. As this section develops over the coming months, stories and examples of successful fundraising events conducted by voting activists will be included. In the meantime, the resources below will certainly provide examples of events that might work for almost any group.

Videos on Event Fundraising

These few videos were selected from many others primarily to illustrate the enormous range and variety of fundraising event ideas and models available to consider. While many particular ideas may not work for your group, by quickly reviewing so many possibilities, the odds are that one will come along that could work. You’ll recognize it when you see it because it fits with the particular circumstances and interests of your group.

48 Fundraising Ideas in Under 8 Minutes

How to Plan Nonprofit Fundraising Events

7 Dynamic Fundraising Event Ideas to Captivate Donors in 2021

10 Creative Fundraising Event Ideas

Articles on Event Fundraising

Like the videos, these few examples of the very rich resource available online are offered here to illustrate the huge range of possibilities for fundraising events.

77 Nonprofit Fundraising Event Ideas to Start Planning Today

60+ Fundraising Event Ideas for Nonprofits

70+ Proven Fundraising Event Ideas for Nonprofits

16 Effective Nonprofit Fundraising Event Ideas to Inspire Your Event Strategy

Books on Event Fundraising

This short list represents a tiny fraction of the rich selection of "how-to raise money for causes and nonprofits" books that are available.

The EVENT Technique: The Business Side of Nonprofit Events

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work

7 Legacy Secrets: Essential Tools for Nonprofit Directors and Event Coordinators

Uncover the Secrets of Charity Fundraising Events

A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Auctions

Published: October 2021
Revised: June 2023

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