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Powered 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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With the start of the New Year, many event planners are looking ahead to spring events, making sure their timelines are up-to-date, and confirming all venue and vendor contracts. But it’s equally as important to look back at last year; how did your events do – financially? Participation-wise? Vendor and Venues? How much real, quantitative data do you have and know about each of your events? If it’s just basic gross/net, number of guests, and “it was well received” comments, you are doing yourself, and your organization or client, a big disservice.
Now is the time to dig into your data. A few key questions to ask yourself:
- Does the current pricing structure make sense for the coming year? Are we priced too low or too high? Can we add or subtract layers of our current pricing structure to simplify yet still attract the right guests? Do we have pricing packages that work across our constituent base?
- Are our sponsorship packages selling, offering the right benefits, and working for the sponsors?
- Do you take the time to meet with, or at least have a phone call with, each of your past sponsors? Have they seen a recap document outlining the benefits they received, and the value? Have you sent them photo documentation, as well as an event-related sponsor thank you gift? If you haven’t, now is the time to sit down with each of your sponsors and ask them to be candid – what worked for them? What didn’t? What can you and the event do to maximize their support in 2015? Is there something else they’d like to add or activate in the coming year that you haven’t thought of? If so, what will the impact be on the event and your participants, and can you make it work? These dollars are the base of your event – find ways to maximize the sponsors’ involvement and activation, and continue to improve.
- What was your guest/event experience really like?
- Do you solicit participant/guest responses via survey or individual communications? What is the guest/participant experience, from the time of registration or ticket purchase through post-event communication? Is your website/ticket page optimized for mobile to make it easier (more than 80% of event registrations came through mobile sites in 2014)? Are you asking for more information than you can use or need during the registration process? What does check-in look like and how long does it take? Put yourself in the participant’s shoes; better yet – ask your participants for their candid comments on how you can improve.
Before you get into the thick of event season, take the time now to dig into your data, review your sponsorship and ticket packages, and explore the guest experience. All three will go a long way to helping you improve key areas of your 2015 events. And never stop asking those questions throughout the 2015 season; no matter how good or fun or financially successful our events may be, they can always improve. Make 2015 the year you vow to make each event better.
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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
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.