In today’s world non profits continue to grow. Most non profit events are designed as fundraisers. A common misconception within the non profit industry is that they cannot hire an outside, or freelance, event planner. A freelance event planner can, however, save the non profit money on their events. After all an event planner is an expert in their field (or at least they should be). They can take the hassles out of non profit event planning as this function is their sole purpose.
Non Profit Event Planning – Budgets
Budgets can vary between corporate event planning and non profit event planning. As you would expect, with non profits budgets can be extremely tight. There’s a very tight balance that the non profit wants to achieve when hosting their events. They want to make sure that the events are suitable for the attendees, often the ones that donate to the non profit. While at the same time they don’t want to appear as if they are spending a lot of their fundraising funds hosting events.
Non Profit Event Planning – Staff
Truth be told, staffing for a non profit event can be more difficult than traditional corporate events. The main difference is the staff. Of course with traditional corporate event planning most of the staff are paid employees. However, with non profit event planning there are a lot of volunteers as staff. Here again a non profit event planner has a bit of a balancing act to perform. Of course the non profit is extremely grateful to its volunteers. After all they are part of the backbone of what makes the operation function. But, at the same time, many volunteers are not necessarily trained for working events. Quite often you have more volunteers than would be required for the event. So the non profit event planner has to make sure that everyone has a task without getting in each others way. At the same time they have to make sure that crucial elements of the event are executed properly.
Non Profit Event Planning – Events
With non profit events the focus is on fundraising. In a sense the attendees would be treated like customers of a traditional business. After all, you are asking the attendees to spend money. Of course it’s crucial that the event is attractive enough so that the attendees will want to attend.