Archive for the ‘Non Profit Events’ Category

Los Angeles Non Profit Event Planning

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Los Angeles non profit event planning can have it challenges. After all, how do you pull off an elegant high-profile event on a shoestring budget? Very carefully!

I recently produced this event and one key factor when it comes to Los Angeles non profit event planning is the budget. It is important to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the client and maintain the budget throughout the event process in order for the client to maximize their net profit of donations. For this event, we created streamlined centerpieces using glass colored beads and orchid plants.

Another way we were able to maintain our budget was to bring in our own wines and serve heavy appetizers and desserts instead of a seated formal dinner.  The fact that guests were able to self-park helped maintain a low cost event and working with repeat vendors who already knew the facility was a key factor as well.

Some other key factors with Los Angeles non profit event planning is to generate your donations well in advance of your event via sponsorships, donations or guest list expansion.  Finally, keep staff to a minimum and garner as many volunteers as possible.

For more information about creating beautiful events on a budget, click here.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Silent Auction Tips for Non-Profit Silent Auctions

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Non-Profit silent auctions can generate a lot of money for fundraising events. Here are a few silent auction tips to help your charity with their fundraiser.

  1. One of the most important silent auction tips is to know your audience.  Don't price items at a premium if you don't have guests willing to pay.
  2. Most charities use the cocktail time for bidding at silent auctions. Make sure this time period runs at least 1.5 hours.
  3. If you have well over 200 silent auction items, then consider closing down the auction at various time intervals.  

Other silent auction tips include:

  • Create easy to read bid sheets on clipboards and provide pens.
  • Display items for silent auctions in a clean, orderly fashion so people can see and touch them.
  • Make sure your bid sheets include the retail value, starting price and bid increment as well as donor recognition.

Most important of all silent auction tips is decide upon the exact time the auction will close and stick to that time! Nothing can be more frustrating for the auction management team then changing the closing time, not to mention how maddening it is for the guests.

If you plan to hold a charity event with a silent auction in the Los Angeles area, we would be more than happy to provide you with a free quote on managing silent auctions and share a few more silent auction tips

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Los Angeles Non Profit Event Planning

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Non profit event planning can be very rewarding. We recently planned an event at a local museum and what a pleasure it was to work on such a nice event.

It is very important with non profit event planning to keep costs down, and one way we were able to do this was to bring in our own wine.  We also returned the centerpiece containers, asked our vendors to work with us on costs and utilized the resources the venue offered.

What is most important with non profit event planning is for the guest to enjoy the event and feel their donation is valued. We served buffet and tray-passed hors d'oeuvres instead of a seated dinner and received rave reviews. The food we provided, the mash potato bar, various types of sliders and salads to name a few gave our guests plenty of options as well as the freedom to network with other guests and enjoy the venue.  And of course, who can resist dessert with s'mores, mini cupcakes and cheesecake lollipops!

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Non-Profit Benefit Tea

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Many benefits have come from writing my book, Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget. One of them is to offer a donation via book sales to the Diamond Tea Benefit taking place this year on October 22nd in Portland, Oregon.

The Diamond Tea non-profit benefit offers life changing speaker presentations, women-owned business vendor booths, a sophisticated high English tea menu and philanthropic opportunities which support women-in-need nonprofits and children’s programs. This year the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity  Women Build Portland/Metro East and Pacific Crest Academy Camas WA Science/Technology and Teacher Enrichment Programs.

This non-profit benefit event still has table sponsorships available. Tables run $1000 for 10 guests. If you can’t make the event, don’t worry, your tickets will be put to good use via their new Pay it Forward Program whereby sponsors can donate their tickets to women in current financial need.

To help this non-profit benefit tea increase its donations to the selected charities, I will be donating 25% of each sale of Budget Bash from now until December 31st, 2011.  So hurry up and purchase your copy of  Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget today and make a difference in someone’s life.

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!

Red Carpet Events for a Non Profit Company

Monday, May 17th, 2010

For red carpet events, it is important for the non profit company you are planning an event for, to have clear and consise signage on the red carpet.  Not only for the non profit company but its supporters and sponsors as well.

Thus, when the image of the celebrity gets picked up from various media outlets, the logo of the non profit company is seen as part of the background image.  This background image is called a step and repeat and is commonly used for all red carpet events.  To help off-set event production costs when planning an event, many times a non profit company will include sponsors on the step and repeat as part of their premium sponsor package.

It is amazing how some red carpet events step and repeats are seen over numerous media outlets multiple times, and often for large-scale events, these images can sometimes be used a year later.  Thus when planning an event for a non profit company, consider using a well produced step and repeat and provide the charity with widespread coverage to the public.

For more information on planning an event for a non profit company, check out Budget Bash and learn about inexpensive decor ideas, constructing budgets and more.

Charity Fundraising Ideas for a Red Carpet Event

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Recently I produced a red carpet event and thought I would share some of our charity fundraising ideas with you.  The event was for PCRM and like other red carpet events we produce, many hours of planning went into creating this successful non profit event.

One of the main non profit ideas was to make this non profit event stand out among the crowd since PCRM was being introduced to a new audience on the West Coast. Thus it was important for this red carpet event to adhere to the highest level of professionalism in terms of food, service and design.  We accomplished this by bringing in one of the top live TV show producers who in turn assembled a top-rated production team making the television portion of this event seamless.  Here is a link to the highlights of the show.

Other charity fundraising ideas we used to maintain our budget was to create elegant floral arrangements at cost and recycle the glass containers.  We even used one of the floral designs from Budget Bash, which is to submerge a cymbidium orchid as seen on page 61.

Like all other red carpet events, we placed “asks” for sponsors for our bar.  Because this was a vegan non profit event we had very strict parameters in terms of what beverages we could serve but found generous sponsors for our liquor, beer and wine.  Other sponsors such as Candle 79, Millennium and Sublime restaurants were kind enough to let us “borrow” their recipes in which Tal Ronnen and Global Cuisine Catering created our delicious three-course dinner menu.

Additional non profit ideas included our live and silent auction which also adhered to a vegan code to ensure our patrons were not offended from what we offered to help raise funds.  We used lighting effectively as our main design element for this red carpet event as well as vegan friendly drape and linen.  We incorporated our design elements from the save-the-date card as well as the invitation to create our timeless yet elegant room décor.

And what are red carpet events without an after party?  For this part of the event, we quickly transitioned our cocktail area into a night club with a white dance floor, white faux leather couches and a vegan dessert station. Additional charity fundraising ideas included sleek modern-looking informational kiosks to help translate, explain and support PCRM’s mission statement.

I hope you found the video to this red carpet event interesting and that you picked up a few non profit ideas for your next non profit event.  I learned a lot from producing this event especially in terms of healthful eating habits and incorporating aspects of a vegan diet into my everyday routine.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!