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 to Make Fund-Raising Walks More Interactive

United Way made sure its event engaged participants and raised awareness about its fund-raising cause all along the course.

Event Report Posted January 6, 2016, 8:12 AM EST

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

22 Fresh Ideas From Spring Benefits

Here's a look at innovative and inspiring ideas for decor, entertainment, catering, and more from the season's fund-raisers, galas, and benefits across North America.

Idea File Posted June 23, 2016, 7:45 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

10 Outdoor Entertaining Ideas From Diffa’s Picnic by Design

Get inspiration for alfresco dining from the foundation's summer benefit.

Event Report Posted August 12, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

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

How Robin Hood Turned Its Benefit Into a Personal Affair

Paul McCartney headlined the star-filled event, which also celebrated everyday residents from the photo blog Humans of New York.

Event Report Posted May 14, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

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