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How to plan a fundraising event on a budget

If you downloaded How to Plan a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Event on a Budget, you'll be choosing a theme for your next big fundraiser soon. Check out these themes along with their mission-minded additions for inspiration

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Family-friendly fundraisers 

Battle of the bands

Recruit local bands to compete for the title of Best Band in Town. Not only will they provide free entertainment, they’ll boost your attendance by inviting family, friends, and fans.

Mission-minded addition: Tell each band to prepare a short song about your organisation. Have the winner play it live as the encore.

Food truck fundraiser

Foodies and families can enjoy the sunshine and a variety of fares.

Mission-minded addition: Distribute a digital menu before the big day that tells your organisation’s story.

Millennial-minded fundraisers

Brewery tour

Millennials, craft-beer enthusiasts, and supporters looking for a laid-back outing would love to take a tour of a brewery while enjoying local beers paired with small bites.

Mission-minded addition: Offer to pay for custom labels and see if the brewery is willing to dedicate a special brew to your organisation for the night.

Dance party DJ night

Make a trendy DJ night in the city more meaningful by turning it into a benefit.

Mission-minded addition: Ask the venue to dedicate social media postings educating their followers about your organisation and encouraging them to "Like" it on Facebook.

Formal fundraisers

Golden Globes gala

Throw a red-carpet affair complete with dinner, drinks, and a showstopping after-party.

Mission-minded addition: Show a few super-short films that showcase what your organisation is all about. Present awards to the people who make your mission possible: donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

Dinner with a top chef

Recruit a local chef to use their culinary talents to benefit your cause.

Mission-minded addition: Dedicate one side of the menu to illustrating your mission.

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