Event planning and fundraising is our mission

Event PlanningPowered by Professionals is a non-profit fundraising and event planning firm helping non-profit organizations to not only raise more money, but build a sustainable volunteer and donor community in any city. We have a personal, hands-on approach that utilizes business ideology to achieve the greatest results for your cause.

PBP brings sound business practices to the charity event planning arena and, in so doing, the company has built an excellent reputation in the New York City area for producing stellar events in the charity space.

Our passion is helping those who help others. We have over a decade of event planning and management experience for non-profit organizations. We are a leader when it comes to fundraising for nonprofits.

The real value in partnering with PBP is our unique approach to identifying and working with individuals (board members, honorees, committee members, etc.) passionate about a cause to help them turn their personal relationships into fundraising relationships around a special event. 


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Cynthia Snyder, a 2013 Pace University Graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Marketing, recently joined PBP as our Data Coordinator & Executive Assistant.  Cynthia brings experience in a variety of events and internships, and we are happy to have her on the team.  You can reach Cynthia at mailto:csnyder@poweredbyprofessionals.com.

What about PBP interested you?

Several aspects of Powered by Professionals made it an exciting prospect during my job search.  The unique opportunity to work with a wide range of non-profit organizations was appealing to me.  I loved the idea of being a part of a company that champions for so many important causes.  The PBP team is able to positively impact individuals of all ages and backgrounds by supporting our non-profit clients.

PBP’s focus on fundraising in conjunction with non-profit events was also very interesting to me.  I’ve had the opportunity to intern with several non-profit organizations.  Through these internship experiences I came to realize the important role that galas, auctions, run/walks, and the like play in fundraising.  Not only do these special events allow donors to come together around a cause, but they also encourage guests not as familiar with the topic to become more educated and involved.  I appreciated that PBP recognized the importance of events to fundraising and the success of non-profit organizations.

What are some of your responsibilities and daily activities?

As the Data Coordinator and Executive Assistant, my core responsibility is recording and acknowledging donations made to our partner organizations.  I also work closely with PBP’s CEO, Darren Port, to help manage his schedule and travel logistics. I provide administrative support to PBP as well as all of the organizations we work with.  I love having the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of PBP and each of our clients.  

Although you’ve only been here a short while, what has excited you about PBP thus far?  What upcoming event has really caught your attention?

What excites me most about PBP is the opportunity to work with our non-profit clients!  I can’t just pick one – I’m excited for all of our spring events.  I believe that these events will allow me to understand each organization on a new level.  At non-profit events you are able to truly grasp the heart of the organization and their approach to the issue at hand.  I’m eager to assist as needed at events and hopefully meet some of the founders, donors, and award recipients associated with each organization.

What inspires you to do good for others and society as a whole?

The act of doing good things for people has been a part of my belief system for as long as I can remember.  One of my earliest memories is from when I was about 5 years old.  I remember seeing Rosie O’Donnell on TV telling children to make a difference in their community.  After hearing that message, I begged my mom to let me have a show at my great-grandparents nursing home.  I directed about 10 friends in a makeshift production of Cinderella.  I can still picture the smiles on the residents’ faces and hear the laughter that filled the room.  After our initial performance, we went back on several occasions to play games and celebrate holidays with the residents.  I was and still am inspired by the mutual connection felt between the helper and the helped.  Often, the individuals that you help remain anonymous.  However, you are still able to know with some certainty that they have been touched by your efforts.  And in turn, you are able to feel this indescribable feeling by knowing you’ve been a part of it.

From your experience as a young professional, what advice would you give to other young professionals?

Keep an open mind!  When you first graduate college you feel a huge sense of accomplishment.   While your coursework and internships are crucial to your success, you may soon find that these experiences don’t mean as much as you thought they would in the “real world.”  Take each opportunity as it comes and realize that landing an entry-level position is a major step to achieving your career goals.  It’s important to look at each phase of your career as a stepping stone.  It may take several positions with different companies/organizations to find the right fit for you.  Lastly, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude are important to your success both personally and professionally.

Thank you to the Powered by Professionals team for the outstanding job you did for the NPF with our Cocktails for a Cure event. The results speak for themselves: The energy in the room, the funds raised, the sense of community we created for the NPF. Our two goals – to build the framework for a chapter in NY and our fundraising target – were both exceeded by incredibly large margins. Thank you again for all of your hard work.

- Joe Titlebaum, Chairman, Board of Directors, National Pancreas Foundation

Just a quick note to express our thanks for all of your efforts in making last night a very big success. We were so impressed with your professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to the Volunteer Lawyers Project. We had very high expectations for the event, and you surpassed them all!

- Jeannie Costello, Executive Director, & Lynn Judell, Board Member Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project

In the past five years R Baby Foundation has grown into a major player in the non-profit world, raising millions of dollars to help save babies’ lives. We have worked with PBP throughout, capitalizing on their professionalism and experience and leveraging their integrated Fundraising and Event Services solution. Darren and his team have surpassed our expectations in their incredible ability to both plan and execute high-level events and represent us in all capacities, including meeting with donors, partners, and the media.

We value PBP because they understand our marketing and fundraising goals; our work with Darren and his team has helped my family to watch our vision for our foundation come to life.

- Phyllis Rabinowitz, Founder, R Baby Foundation


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February News

Save The Date! on Sunday, March 8, 2015 Voices Against Brain Cancer will hold its Inaugural Run/ Walk,Join The Voices at Tropical Park in Miami, FL.

Save The Date! on Thursday, April 23, 2015 The University of Maryland Alumni Association will hold its 6th Annual Maryland in Manhattan event at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Save The Date! on Thursday, April 30, 2015 the Sarcoma Foundation of America will hold its 13th Annual Gala at Capitale in New York City.
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