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Topic Archive: Benefits/Fund-raisers

Fall Benefits 2014: Trends in Decor, Catering, and More

Here's a sneak peek inside some of North America's big fall fund-raisers.

News Posted September 3, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Pandora Targets College Students With Back-to-School Concert

To bring a 2,000-guest concert to the historic Santa Monica Pier, planners had to work with tight guidelines on everything from truck weight to the timeline.

Event Report Posted August 19, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Why Brad Pitt's New Orleans Gala Had a Construction Theme

Sheets of nails became centerpieces and other decor choices reinforce the homebuilding mission of the nonprofit Make It Right Foundation.

Event Report Posted August 14, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

12 Fairy Tale-Inspired Ideas From the Watermill Benefit

Artists interpreted folk tales and other stories to create live installations for the 21st annual Watermill Center benefit, which raised a record $2.2 million.

Event Report Posted July 31, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Share the Wealth: 7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here’s how to harness the power of social media and maximize the reach of fund-raising efforts.

Event Intelligence Posted July 30, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

5 Ways to Rethink the Standard Benefit Gala

Freshen up nonprofit events with these decor, catering, and tech ideas.

Idea File Posted July 16, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Case Study: How to Incorporate Social Media Into Fund-Raising Events

Find out how the American Heart Association is exploring new ways to use social media for audience engagement.

Event Intelligence Posted July 10, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

See an Art Museum's "Surrealistically Chic" Gala

The Art Institute of Chicago feted its new Magritte exhibition with a surrealist gala.

Event Report Posted July 1, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

19 Ideas from Spring Benefits

Here's a look at decor, catering, and more from spring benefits across North America.

Event Report Posted June 26, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT

Gala Guests Take Down the Berlin Wall

With a Berlin-inspired theme, the Luminato Festival's Big Bang Bash had surprising decor that included hammers on the dinner tables.

Event Report Posted June 19, 2014, 7:47 AM EDT

See 1,000 Paper Cranes at Washington's Opera Ball

One of Washington's signature benefits took design inspiration from its host venue, the residence of the Japanese ambassador.

Event Report Posted June 17, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

18 Seaside-Theme Ideas From Citymeals Chefs' Tribute

The fund-raiser at Rockefeller Center featured summertime favorites from world-renowned chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Event Report Posted June 13, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Landscape Sketches Inspire High Line Benefit's Design

Dip-dyed panels, hanging vines, and other natural elements defined the annual fund-raiser for the nonprofit organization that maintains the New York park.

Event Report Posted May 29, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

How the Whitney Museum Used the Same Space for Back-to-Back Events

Looking to save costs, the art institution used the same venue for its American Art Award gala and its annual Art Party.

Event Report Posted May 27, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT

Museum Gala Channels Ancient Pompeii

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's architectural details made it an ideal site for the California Science Center's annual fund-raiser.

Event Report Posted May 27, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

The Hills Are Alive: 9 Ideas for a 'Sound of Music'-Theme Party

Following the Lyric Opera of Chicago's example, here are clever ideas for hosting an event inspired by a classic musical.

Event Report Posted May 22, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Hanging Firefly Jars Light Up Spring Gala

At the Butterfly Ball in Chicago, hanging jars held tiny LED lights that resembled twinkling fireflies.

Event Snapshot Posted May 19, 2014, 7:41 AM EDT

MoMA’s Party in the Garden Blooms With Classic English Design

The Museum of Modern Art's 2014 benefit featured a look reminiscent of grand British greenery with traditional boxwood hedges, sculptured topiaries, and a faux lawn.

Event Report Posted May 16, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

See the Robin Hood Gala's Dramatic Replica of the Brooklyn Bridge

With the help of Bruno Mars, John Oliver, and others, the nonprofit's blockbuster benefit had the theme of "Bridge to Possibility" and raised nearly $60 million to fight poverty in New York.

Event Report Posted May 14, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Steppenwolf Gala Transports Guests to a Glitzy Prairie

The Chicago company hosted a prairie-theme gala inspired by its latest production, The Way West.

Event Report Posted May 14, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

How to Raise Funds Without Sacrificing Entertainment

The American Cancer Society's Discovery Ball in Chicago raised more than $3.1 million this year, and didn't sacrifice fun and style as it worked toward raising funds.

Event Report Posted May 13, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

See the Met Gala's Towering Rose Sculpture

This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute gala used a towering 30-foot-tall installation of roses to reference the work and style of the American couturier Charles James.

Event Report Posted May 9, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

Washington's Corcoran Ball Boosts Ticket Sales, Highlights Americana Design

Rumors swirled about the future of the event after a well-publicized merger, but it returned with more guest and a higher ticket price, plus variations on an Americana theme.

Event Report Posted April 29, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

How a New Venue and Vision Changed the "Fashion for Paws" Benefit

An overhaul of the the pet-friendly runway show switched its venue and cut attendance.

Event Report Posted April 15, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Ready for Spring? 12 Creative Ideas for Outdoor Events

As the weather warms and events move outdoors, here are some fresh decor, catering, and entertainment ideas to try this spring.

Idea File Posted April 1, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

See Guests Dine at an Oversize Artist's Palette

Guests dined at a table shaped like an artist's palette—complete with a giant prop paintbrush and flowers as paint—at Habitat for Humanity's "Blueprint" benefit in Florida.

Event Snapshot Posted April 1, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

19 Ideas From Winter Benefits

Here's a look at decor, entertainment, catering, and more from winter benefits across North America.

Event Report Posted March 21, 2014, 7:53 AM EDT

Gala Guests Make Glamorous Entrance Via Water Taxi

Planners arranged water transportation for guests attending the Hearts & Stars gala.

Event Report Posted March 20, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

14 Wild Guest Amenities at Redmoon's Spectacle Lunatique

From hot shaves to a private opera performance, Redmoon's gala offered unexpected sponsor perks.

Event Report Posted March 19, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

How to Bring an Abstract Event Theme to Life

New World Symphony Gala celebrated "the Art of the Possible," challenging its event designer to present the theme visually.

Event Report Posted March 11, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

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