Fund development is a critical component of any non-profit organization’s annual operations. In concert with donor recruitment, collaboration with community partners, and membership engagement, fundraising is a key component of the development mix and, in some smaller organizations, accounts for the greatest single influx of donor funding each fiscal year. While relying upon fundraising events alone is rarely a reliable strategy for securing needed capital and operating dollars, they are exciting and highly visible opportunities to bolster an organization’s capacity or grow its sphere of influence. I have been privileged to be a part of many fundraising initiatives in capacities big and small over the years.
While I’ve certainly cleared tables and handed out fliers for events in the past, the ones listed here are those in which my role was more substantial, influential, involved and guiding. Not every event was a success, but I am proud that each has been a robust learning opportunity from which to frame future fundraising events and projects.