You may already know Merrimack Valley Pavilion as the place for the best birthday parties in Tewksbury, but did you know that we also host fundraisers and community events? It’s true! Just recently we’ve hosted some wonderful events, from the Doggie Fashion Show to raise money for breast cancer awareness, to a Tewksbury High School Varsity Cheerleading fundraiser (benefiting another breast cancer organization), to Tewksbury’s annual Safe Halloween event with the local police department.
Our large, clean facility is the perfect place to host your own fundraiser. Read on for some tips on making your fundraiser a success, and contact our Event Coordinator Maria today at MVPgroupevents [at] gmail [dot] com to get started!
- Keep your eye on the prize- The most important part of planning a successful fundraiser is knowing your goal- and your budget! Try to get donations whenever you can, but remember that it takes money to make money. Choose events/activities/attractions that are will have a good return on investment. It’s also easy for the scope of these events to get a bit out of control. Always keep in mind what your goal is and make decisions with that in mind, whether you are trying to raise awareness, fund a particular project, engage with the community or some combination.
- Provide people with different ways to give– One of the best things you can do for your fundraiser is to give people different ways to participate. Some people are comfortable writing big checks, others are more likely to chip in while you’re “passing the hat,” some people like to donate anonymously, and others like to get something for their donation (think NPR tote bags) or know that part of the purchase price is going to the cause (pink ribbon jewelry, water bottles, etc.). By creating multiple opportunities with different expense and effort levels at your event, you’re likely to capture more donations.
- Make it fun– Make sure to put the “fun” in fundraiser if you want it to be truly successful! An upbeat, playful atmosphere loosens people’s inhibitions, and that includes their willingness to open their wallets. Auctions and silent-auctions are always a great choice, and games that dunk someone or put them in “jail” are high-energy crowd pleasers. For some reason, light-hearted public humiliation of a boss/principal/etc. seems to put audiences in a very generous mood! A little creativity and great music and food go a long way.
Have you ever thrown a fundraiser? What are your tips for success? We’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!
Photo via Beep for the Cure