Tips On How To Effectively Organize A Non-Profit Fund Raising Event

Fundraising events are an important aspect of almost every non-profit’s financing program. Small-sized events have been a staple of non-profit organisations for years. However, organizing these events is not as easy as you think. They can become cumbersome and possibly risky. A well organized and successful event depends, to a large extent, on having the know-how and skills on how to work things out and equally having the appropriate resources to plan, manage and organize things together. Let’s look at how you can organize a successful fundraising event.


Your purpose

This should be your driving force in organizing a fundraising event be it a big or small one. You should be able to define your reason for organizing the event. Is it to only raise funds? Is it to raise funds and create awareness for a future project at the same time? These are the guiding principles that should form your objectives for undertaking any fundraising event.

These are also the justification for all people and organisations attending. Thus, why should the organisations or people you’ve invited attend the event? What is in it for them and for you? What is their stake? How unique is your event? Having a clear cut purpose will ensure that your objectives, both long-term and short-term are rightly communicated.

The cost of your event

In fact, there is no free event just as there is no free lunch anywhere. Make sure that attendees pay for a number of things, thus through donating. Things like sound systems, venue rental costs, dishes, tables and chairs, liability insurance as well as food. You are bound to have additional costs including photography, printed programs, postages, advertising, and sometimes, performers who would lead the program. However, some of these things might depend on the kind of event (midsize, small, or large event) that you will be holding. Not all events will surely costs the same. There are different costs for different purposes and you should do your homework to know where you stand.

Try getting sponsors

For events, harbouring the costs alone is so not easy at all. That is why it is sometimes a good idea to get sponsors who would pay for part of the cost. These sponsors would, however, require something in return, for example advertising their products or services during the campaign.

If you want to have a successful planned event, make sure to apply the tips above and you will have an event bringing in money.


Responsibilities and logistics

No matter how small your fundraising event is, nothing will ever happen if responsibilities are not spelt out clearly. How visitors will arrive, where they will park, where they will site, who will take up the fundraising campaign etc. should all be considered. To see the picture clearly, you need to put yourself in the shoes of a normal person who is attending the fundraising event and make sure that you clearly define who will take responsibility for all of that: organizing, helping people park, helping them sit etc. these are the things that make people calm and focus on your fundraising event.

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Box Tops for Education: What you should know


If you have purchased anything commercially packaged in the past few years, without a doubt you have purchased something that had the Box Tops for Education logo on them. You may have glanced over it without really knowing what you are looking at, but there is actual value to the box tops beyond looking kind of catchy on the top of the cardboard boxes.

For parents, it is important to help support your child’s education in any way that you can. Sometimes that includes participating in fundraising. Box Tops for Education is an easy way to participate without having to take up too much of your time.

What is the program?

Basically with the Box Tops for Education program you look for the logo on the top of certain packaged boxes. There are so many different participating products, I could not list them all, but here is an abbreviated list to give you an idea:

  • Annie’s® Baking Mixes
  • Bisquick™
  • Fiber One™ Mixes
  • Reynolds® Parchment Paper
  • Reynolds® Bakeware Pans
  • Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups
  • Cascadian Farm™ Cereal
  • Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Cherry, Almond and Quinoa Granola
  • Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Honey, Almond and Chia Granola
  • Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Vanilla, Coconut and Pumpkin Seed Granola
  • Cascadian Farm™ Protein Granola
  • Cheerios™ Cereal
  • Chex™ Cereal
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ Cereal
  • Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal
  • Finish® Dishwashing Detergent
  • Lysol® Bathroom Cleaners
  • Lysol® Disinfecting Spray
  • Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes
  • Chex Mix
  • Fiber One Fruit Snacks
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars
  • Mott’s Juice
  • Annie’s Snack Mix
  • Larabar Renola Grain Free Granola
  • Ocean Spray Fruit Flavored Snacks
  • And so many more… The complete list is here

How to Participate

If you are looking to participate in the fundraising program of Box Tops for Education, all you need to do is purchase the participating products and cut out the box top. You need to be sure that you are cutting the box top off cleanly and inside of the lines in order for the Box Top code to be legible and count. Then you would sent the Box Tops with your child or someone’s child for them to deliver to the school. It is then up to the school to submit them in order to collect the money for them.

How much are they worth?

Most Box Tops are worth ten cents per Box Top, though some of them are worth more than others. You need to look well at the box to ensure that it is not one of the ones that is worth double. A school can collect Box Tops for up to $20,000 each year. You can do an awful lot with $20,000, so it is definitely worth the time that it takes to cut out the Box Top before you throw away the product’s packaging.

Things to Remember

Box Tops definitely expire so you need to be sure that the Box Tops are current before going through the effort of cutting them out to begin with. You should also double check that your child’s school is actually participating in the program. If they are not, perhaps there is another local school participating so your work is not completely in vain. Also remember you do not really need to go out of your way in order to purchase a bunch of really specific products to get the Box Tops. A Box Top is only ten cents so it should be something you would have purchased anyway. And they are on so many different types of products nowadays that you do not have to do anything extreme or crazy in order to find some that can work.

When I was a kid, my parents moved every couple of years, which meant that I changed schools every couple of years

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