About Our Non-Profit Event Planning Services
Make It Happen Events has been planning fundraisers and seminars for local non-profits for over 20 years and has gain the trust of the Central PA community. We guarantee that your non-profit is in good hands when you let us plan your next event.
Our professional team of event coordinators has the talent and creativity to put on events for all types of organizations and charities. From the very beginning, we meet with you to create a very detailed plan for us and our clients to follow to make sure your event is one to remember.Let's Get Started
What is a Charity or Nonprofit Organization?
A charity or nonprofit organization is a chartered public corporation that supports a cause, a group of people, a cultural program, or other activities beneficial to community members.
Nonprofit organizations typically partner with governments and for profit companies as an operational, mission and fundraising strategy.
We have partnered with many nonprofit organizations to produce a wide variety of nonprofit events, not just fundraising success.
What is a Charity or Nonprofit Event?
A nonprofit event is an in-person event or online event designed for supporters, local businesses, and community members to raise money, raise awareness of the nonprofit organization or its mission, or recruit volunteers for a nonprofit organization or cause.
These events may run for a week, a month or a few hours. A successful nonprofit event may be in person events, virtual events or in a hybrid events setting. Each event has a fundraising potential.
Nonprofit events are often fundraising events for a charity or nonprofit organization, but are also an effective tool for community interaction.
Are all Nonprofit Events Fundraisers?
Nonprofit events don’t need to always raise money for a charity, they can also be used to advance the mission of nonprofit organizations. Successful nonprofit events will allow people from diverse groups and local businesses to work together in a meaningful way. Nonprofit events can have a fundraising potential aspect to them, or be completely focused on the nonprofit’s mission.
These type of events are sometimes called Fundraisers -vs- Friendraisers.
An orchestra can provide a free concert to the community members, especially during the holiday season, and sell tickets to their next fundraising event. A healthcare organization can provide free vaccinations and distribute promotional materials at an event. A recreation venue could hold a free special event with no entrance fee like a talent show or sporting event to encourage participants to check out their other programs with a registration fee.
An environmental advocacy group could host a park or neighborhood clean up, encouraging supporters to act local on event day while thinking global. We have decades of nonprofit fundraising event ideas and other type of nonprofit event.
Benefits of Event Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
A fundraising event allows a nonprofit to bring a group of people together who share a common purpose. Organizing an effective in person nonprofit event will have an impact on all who attend and will result in more support for non-profit organizations over time. How can you help your nonprofit event make your mission a success?Contact Us
How to Host a Successful Nonprofit Event
1. Define your goals for your nonprofit event: Fundraising? Advocacy? Publicity?
2. Create the concept for your nonprofit event to raise money or raise awareness.
3. Create A budget for your nonprofit event.
4. Create a plan for your nonprofit event.
5. Solicit donations from sponsors or sell tickets to your nonprofit event.
6. Execute your plan for your Live nonprofit event or Virtual event.
We can help with nonprofit event details! Contact us to guide you through the event planning process for a successful nonprofit event.
What Are the Various Types of Nonprofit Events?
From a golf tournament, community potluck, casino night or peer to peer fundraising, in-person event, or virtual program, a successful nonprofit event comes in all shapes and sizes.
Additional Fundraising Event Ideas with Technology
A wide variety of nonprofit events can be created by nonprofit organizations to raise money. Whenever you have a new technology, consider the best strategy to use for your next fundraising event.
In-Person Nonprofit Event Additional Elements
Raffles are great for a standalone program and can also supplement most non-profit events your organization hosts. Sell raffle tickets to interested sponsors, the public, and on your website event page. Silent auctions are highly effective and new software and apps can be used for online or in-person events. Collect items and experiences for your silent auction lots
We have experience and can help you find the best fit for your event. To keep your budget in check, auction lots are collected from supporters. Pledges are another easy way to raise additional funds and can be collected digitally. These are only a few examples of how we can help you apply technology to your event.
Virtual Nonprofit Event Elements
The task of designing a virtual event can be a challenge. You need a solid concept and some creativity. A virtual event is an online gathering usually involving videos from a video conferencing platform such as WebEx, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom.
Virtual events can replace or supplement in-person events. They are most often live video calls to engage attendees, but can also have pre-recorded content in a video format.
Charities have hosted virtual bowlathons! The only requirement is a virtual bowling simulator which can be found on a computer, game system, or phone app. Ask everyone to play on their preferred device. Supporters can donate to your organization through their own website. It can also be used as a great inexpensive alternative that does not require a participant to leave their couch.Get in Touch
Tips for Better Nonprofit Event Planning
Nonprofit event planning involves many different aspects. Some you can learn, and some require professional guidance. We can help you organize and execute your event plan.
Let’s talk about a few basics of nonprofit event planning.
Create a Volunteer and Professional Team for your Nonprofit Event
Volunteers can be used to staff nonprofit events, but they have many things that need taking into account if you want your volunteers to succeed. Recruit a high-quality team of volunteers for your event. Plan their event activities and train them well.
Set them up for success by asking them to do only what they are able to handle as event volunteers. Our professional nonprofit event staff integrates with and supports the activities of volunteers. We can create a plan, help recruit volunteers, and train them for your nonprofit event.
Ask your Donors and past Participants what they want in an Event
If you’ve previously run nonprofit events, this is a great source for information.
You may use contact details to ask your customers what experiences they’d like to see or what options they prefer for a nonprofit event.
Ask your friends about what they want for your next event. This will make you future events stronger and help build a sense of ownership in for a successful nonprofit event.
Learn From Your Previous Events
There is always room for improvement, so think about previous events.
Examining the responses by participants, volunteers, and vendors at past events allows you to determine what works well and what can be improved. Think about these lessons and include them in your next nonprofit event plan.
We often do sponsor, participant and volunteer surveys to evaluate our events.
Maybe its two or three days, or maybe it can be done in an hour. A reception could kick things off, or maybe a general session provides a shared experience to begin. Entertainment, speakers, panelists . . . think through the overall plan before filling in the details. We’ve done it before and know some tricks.
The right location is the cornerstone for success and we know where to go. Some events belong in a hotel, some belong at your location or somewhere completely unexpected. Whether inside or outside, or several places, make your venue decision with our help.
Site Prep and Management
Once you have your location, what’s next? First, determine the elements, then how they relate to each other. From parking to staging, event flow to staffing, we guide you though all the decisions, even the ones you didn’t know you need to make.
It’s easy to get lost in the details, but plan your work and work your plan. We can help you create a strategy that fits your budget, then monitor expenditures and revenue to keep things on track.
Non-Profit Events We Produce
Our Service Areas
Located in Harrisburg, PA, we proudly serve the local community in Central PA and the surrounding areas. Over the years, we’ve built the trust of our community, so you can rest assured your event will go off seamlessly.
- Harrisburg, PA
- Mechanicsburg, PA
- Palmyra, PA
- Lancaster, PA
- State College, PA
- Reading, PA
- Strasburg, PA
- Camp Hill, PA
- York, PA
- Carlisle, PA
- Hanover, PA
- Gettysburg, PA
- Selinsgrove, PA
- Linglestown, PA
- Elizabethtown, PA
- Chambersburg, PA
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