The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
Annual banquets, recognition events, grant awards ceremonies and campaign kick-offs are some of the many special events that NCF affiliated funds plan and execute.
Before deciding to plan and hold a special event, consider the following:
Your desired outcome
Are you trying to raise money, raise awareness or raise goodwill among volunteers?
Type of event
The event needs to match your desired outcome. For example, if you want to build goodwill among your volunteers, a formal dinner party may not be as effective as an informal party or a team-building retreat at a challenge course.
How long will it take to plan and execute? Will the event require special city permits? Will it conflict with other community or statewide activities?
How much will it cost to break even?
Does your FAC have the skills required to plan and hold an event? If not, are there other people in the community who will help?
If yours is a community-wide event you will need to plan and budget to promote the event to assure that it is well-attended.
Is there a hook?
What will make your event “special”? Someone famous speaking? Some unusual presentation? Something fun and exciting?
Before planning your event, read the Guidelines for Fundraising Events to learn about potential sales tax and insurance requirements for events.
Many small communities and organizations are seasoned event managers! Login to see examples of successful special events that NCF affiliated funds have held.
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