What a whirlwind 2017 has been so far! We're just one quarter in, and already we have developed groundbreaking resources in the world of event fundraising.
In a recent Winspire News survey, the majority of readers (52 percent) noted a desire for more visual content, like webinars and infographics. We've since added 3 new webinars to the Webinar Library all about best practices to maximize revenue from live auctions and fund-a-needs.
Another 33 percent of readers indicated an interest in audio content - namely podcasts - so you can continue fundraising education on your own time. As a result, we launched a brand-new podcast in January called Events with Benefits.
In the largest fundraising podcast venture to date, Events with Benefits has given listeners unprecedented FREE access to a wide variety of experts in all areas of fundraising and development!
To celebrate reaching our tenth episode this week, we wanted to share the top 3 most-listened-to podcasts of 2017 and important lessons from each (like how to avoid a lawsuit at your fundraiser!). Then head to www.EventswithBenefits.com to give any of the episodes a listen.
We hope you'll gain new ideas to surprise, inspire and engage donors this spring!
#3. Legal Considerations with Mary Tovella Dowling
When it comes to fundraising events, there's a lot of uncertainty. Will this item garner a high bid? Will the auctioneer entertain the crowd? Will enough guests attend?
Fact is, even low bids and an unenthusiastic audience are not the worst case scenario for a nonprofit.
Running into legal trouble at an event can bring any nonprofit into financial jeopardy.
Ever considered the fines of an unauthorized raffle; illegal or irresponsible sale of alcohol; or an injured donor on the dance floor?
We don't like to think about these "what if's", but a little preparation now can spare you major headache down the road. That's why we encourage you to listen to this unique podcast with special guest Mary Tovella-Dowling, attorney at For Purpose Law Group in San Diego, Calif.
In a litigious world, Tovella-Dowling offers invaluable, money-saving insight on potential legal pitfalls. She offers preventive measures to take before getting into hot water, including...
- Why seek legal advice
- How to be compliant with local, state and federal laws
- The importance of being well insured - and having a policy that covers volunteers
- The ramifications of running an unregistered raffle
- Tips to serve alcohol responsibly at an event
- Contracts you need to protect yourself (with sponsors, the venue, etc)
...and more! Take steps now to protect your nonprofit's sustainability for years to come. You can also contact Tovella-Dowling for a free 20-minute consultation via the link in the podcast show notes here.
#2. Partnerships with Parker Pike
For many charitable organizations, sponsorship is a notoriously tough nut to crack.
Your development strategy may rely on soliciting sponsorships from local businesses and individuals - but year after year you're stuck competing against hundreds of other organizations making the same requests.
No wonder the vast majority of solicitations go rejected or, more commonly, ignored.
How can you make sure your proposal makes it to the top of the heap?