Fund-Raising Ideas

From new innovations in technology to inspiring design and decor, here are smart ideas and trends to help you get the most out of your next fund-raising event.

How the Knock Out Abuse Gala Reorganized After Separating From Fight Night

Knock Out Abuse reworked its ticketing and fund-raising options to recoup attendance lost by separating from Fight for Children's Fight Night for the first time in its 23-year history.

Event Report Posted November 18, 2016, 7:00 AM EST

How This Benefit Made Going to School Cool

MoMA PS1’s inaugural fall benefit featured an artistic, subversive twist on the high school theme, with installations, performances, and more.

Event Report Posted October 14, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

In Wake of Pulse Shooting, Gala Strikes Balance Between Somber and Celebratory

The Headdress Ball honored victims of the tragedy while also maintaining some of the razzle-dazzle it is known for.

Event Report Posted September 27, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

See Inside the Wolf Trap Ball's Tribute to the National Park Service

The 41st annual Wolf Trap Ball in Vienna, Virginia, used outdoor-inspired decor, surprise speakers, and special effects to honor the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

How to Organize a Benefit Concert in Less Than 3 Weeks

Find out how event planners of the Louisiana Rising concert in Baton Rouge are pulling together a charity show for flood victims in a little more than two weeks.

News Posted September 2, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

How Nonprofits Are Attracting Young Donors

Nonprofits are engaging the next generation of donors with a mix of updated fund-raising methods.

Event Intelligence Posted October 27, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT


Integrating Technology

See How Live-Streaming Can Reach More Donors

Find out why Orlando’s Runway to Hope shared its entire event online.

Event Report Posted May 19, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

Top 50 Innovative Event Pros 2013: Michael Trainer

Global Poverty Project's U.S. country director helped create a unique system for consumers to earn tickets to the organization's music festival.

Event Innovators 2013 Posted June 12, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

New Digital Photo Centerpiece Serves as Decor and Fund-Raising Tool

By interacting with iPad centerpieces, guests can add photos to slide shows, share pictures on social networks, and order prints at events.

The Scout Posted July 1, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

How This Photo Booth Raised Money for Charity

Event Snapshot Posted June 12, 2013, 7:50 AM EDT

“Kickstarter for Events”: The New Way Hosts Are Raising Money

Event Intelligence Posted February 5, 2013, 7:30 AM EST


Style Ideas

Unpredictable Hamptons Benefit Delights Guests—Even Without Kanye West

The Watermill Center presented a number of interactive and provocative art installations at its annual benefit and dinner, despite the rapper's last-minute cancellation.

Event Report Posted August 10, 2016, 6:45 AM EDT

9 Fresh Ideas for a London-Theme Benefit

London inspired the theme of the Hospital for Sick Children's annual Scrubs in the City benefit, which featured new check-in and silent auction systems.

Event Report Posted June 15, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

How to Design a Childlike—But Still Elegant—Event

Unicef's annual Hope Gala entertained a black-tie crowd in a setting inspired by a playground.

Event Report Posted April 21, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

How This Gala Used Decor to Surprise Guests

The New World Symphony gala entertained guests with plenty of unexpected details.

Event Report Posted April 6, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

How to Create Individual Looks for Back-to-Back Benefits

Contrasting color schemes set different tones at events benefiting Amfar and the Dallas and Museum of Art.

Event Report Posted November 24, 2015, 6:45 AM EST

How a New Producer Shook Up a Benefit—Without Going Too Far

The 26th annual Fight Night mixed old and new elements to raise a record amount of money—and benefited from a Hollywood tie-in with the new boxing movie Creed.

Event Report Posted November 10, 2015, 7:00 AM EST

How to Customize a Gala for a Community

Chicago celebrated the opening of a new public trail with a gala infused with local color.

Event Report Posted June 17, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

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