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Powered by Professionals is a 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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Thursday, April 24, 2014
University of Maryland Alumni Association will hold its Maryland in Manhattan event in New York City.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Melanoma Research Foundation will hold its Wings of Hope for Melanoma Denver Gala at The Cable Center in Denver, Colorado.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Voices Against Brain Cancer will hold its 2nd Annual Chicago Run/Walk, Join The Voices!, at Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Sarcoma Foundation of America will hold its Annual Patient Educational Conference, Ask the Experts: Advances in Sarcoma Treatment and Research, at Andaz Wall Street in New York City.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sarcoma Foundation of America will hold its 12th Annual Fundraising Gala, Finding the Cure in Our Time, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Voices Against Brain Cancer will hold the 2014 Brain Tumor Biotech Summit, at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Voices Against Brain Cancer will hold its 9th Annual Benefit Concert, Sounding Off For A Cure, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at The Hammerstein in New York City.
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By Barbara Evans, Director of Events & Operations
There are nearly as many types of fundraising events as there are charities that want to host them. The type of fundraising event you pick to host should take into consideration the funding available to the organization as well as manpower. While this post doesn’t get into the steps one should take in planning an event (we’ll save that for a future post), there are two key factors to consider when deciding to build a fundraising event: attainable goals and a realistic budget.
The most common and popular fundraising events are the “thon” events – walk-a-thon, bike-a-thon, dance-a-thon, etc. – and galas, or big-ticket sit-down dinners or concerts. Let’s start with the thons.
More commonly known as “peer-to-peer fundraising events”, this type of event can be as small as a local 5K run/walk or bike ride or as large as the New York City and Boston Marathons. A small, local event can be pulled together fairly quickly with a dedicated group of volunteers from groups like sororities, clubs, service organizations, businesses or the like. Depending on the location, permits may or may not be needed. Golf tournaments can be put into this group, as they can be as small or large as an organization wishes, based on the golf club, outreach, and needs of the non-profit and/or volunteer committee.
Smaller, more manageable events may include charity luncheons, silent auctions, or “lunch & learn” fundraisers, in which a speaker makes a presentation on a given topic, usually in a corporate environment, and the host invites colleagues to bring their lunch and learn, and also ideally make a small donation to the host’s preferred charity.
High-end non-profit gala events need a larger up-front investment from the non-profit as costs can be high. It is critical to take careful consideration of the planning, budget and risks that are involved before embarking on this type of event.
Other types of events include low-risk, easy-to-execute events which can include car washes and bake sales. An extremely successful example of a low-risk event that blossomed is Alex’s Lemonade Stand. A simple lemonade stand set-up by an enterprising 4-year old cancer patient has become a national charity that has raised more than $30 million to fund pediatric cancer research. A prime example of how small efforts can have incremental impact for positive social change.
The examples cited above are just a few of the many types of charity fundraisers; nearly ANY activity can raise donations. With the huge increase in peer-to-peer fundraising, individual fundraising events have become more prominent, often on a smaller scale. Non-profits, too, have broadened their scope of what’s possible – from rappelling down the outside of a 25-story building, to mud/obstacle races to indoor stair climbs in city skyscrapers – the type of event you choose may only be limited by your imagination – and permit requirements!
So how do you decide if an event is right for your non-profit or group? Ask yourself if you are really ready to add a new event to your fundraising strategy, or if you are ready but need an experienced partner to help you launch an event; event fundraising is time and resource-consuming. A successful event – on all levels – is in the planning. With a huge number of tasks to be accomplished, events take time. A truly successful gala dinner timeline starts 9 or more months before the event, and badly-planned events can hinder an organization’s mission and fundraising efforts. Think about how you can run an event most efficiently. Many non-profits choose to partner with a company like Powered By Professionals for this very reason; we are the experts in event fundraising production, allowing the non-profit staff to focus on grant writing, direct solicitation of major gifts, and programming, and leaving the minutiae of event planning to the pros. While there is a cost to hiring a firm like PBP, it is more than recouped through an increase in event revenue.
In 2013, PBP partnered with the National Pancreas Foundation on its annual “Cocktails for a Cure” New York fundraiser. Growing in attendance by more than 70% and increasing revenue by more than 60% would not have been possible for the NPF had PBP not focused on the details of the event. Similarly, the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project Annual Gala more than doubled revenue year-over-year after hiring PBP. PBP keeps the focus on the little details that make for an exceptional event experience for your guests.
Want to find out more about how PBP can help your non-profit build a successful event? Contact us today to start the conversation.
Save The Date! on Thursday, April 24, 2014 the University of Maryland Alumni Association will hold its Maryland in Manhattan event in New York City.
Save The Date! on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 the Melanoma Research Foundation will hold its Wings of Hope for Melanoma Denver Gala at The Cable Center in Denver, Colorado.
Save The Date! on Sunday, May 4, 2014 Voices Against Brain Cancer will hold its 2nd Annual Chicago Run/Walk Join The Voices! at Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL.