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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

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

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

11 Ideas From Summer Benefits

Here's a look at the best ideas for decor, catering, and more from summer benefits across North America.

Event Report Posted September 9, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

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

20 Ideas From Spring Benefits

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

Event Report Posted June 30, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

8 Ideas for a Nontraditional Dinner Party

The Power Plant's "Power Ball" had anything-but-ordinary dinner and drink service with seated bartenders, an eclair tower, and more.

Event Report Posted June 25, 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

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

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

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