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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.


Integrating Technology

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

4 Tools to Help Raise Money at Your Next Event

Event Intelligence Posted February 28, 2013, 7:45 AM EST

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

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


Style Ideas

22 Ideas From Winter Benefits

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

Event Report Posted March 19, 2015, 7:30 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

How the Met Gala Avoided Chinese Clichés

Organizers of the museum's influential fund-raiser found elegant ways to incorporate Chinese imagery, the focus of the Costume Institute's spring exhibition.

Event Report Posted May 13, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

How One Nonprofit Turned Its Benefit Into a 24-Hour Party

Art nonprofit Creative Time split its fall benefit into two parties, bringing supporters to New York's NeueHouse for a sleepover and late-night party filled with experiences and activities.

Event Report Posted December 30, 2014, 5:05 PM EST

See Why Stormtroopers Guarded a Los Angeles Gala

The Los Angeles Philharmonic gala featured an appearance from some otherworldly characters.

Event Report Posted October 15, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Headdress Ball Combines Flashy Entertainment With Meaningful Tributes

See how the 25th anniversary gala honored its history while staying true to its reputation as the Orlando’s most outrageous black-tie event.

Event Report Posted September 25, 2014, 7:15 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

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

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

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

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

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