How To Choose Charity Fundraising Entertainment and Not Offend Anyone

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Written by Tim Grable

May 27, 2017

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Some people steer clear of charity fundraising entertainment, mainly because they are concerned that it might not be appropriate for their cause.

However, there’s no reason NonProfit organizations should avoid booking charity entertainment at their events. In fact, they should embrace it.

The key is to choose the right type of entertainment. This way, you will not have to worry about the entertainer offending your audience or overpowering the message you want to convey.

You can choose charity entertainment – and organize a successful event. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand.

Here are some of our best tips when it comes to picking entertainment for your charity events.

How To Choose Charity fundraising Entertainment and Not Offend Anyone

1. What Type of Event Are You Organizing?

The answer to this question will serve as your baseline when it comes to whom you can and cannot invite to come as an entertainer.

For example, your event:

  • Can be a fundraiser
  • Can have the purpose of raising awareness
  • Can announce something
  • Can be a celebration of a milestone

The type of event you are organizing will greatly determine who you are going to bring as an entertainer.

If it is an awareness type of event, then you should consider booking a speaker. Someone like Captain Scott O’Grady can enhance your message and establish a connection with the audience.

2. Who Are the People Who Will Attend the Event?

You probably already have a list of all the people you have invited and also those whom RSVP’d.

Write down the important things you know about them. Most importantly, focus on aspects that they might consider offensive in a given context.

It can be anything from religion to the food they eat.

Outline for every person you have invited the kind of topics that could offend them.

This should give you a pretty clear view of what kind of charity entertainment you should avoid.

3. Putting together a List of Entertainers

Lists are life-savers. They are of great help when our memory cannot keep up with all the new information we come across on a daily basis.

Start small.

After you have figured out a direction upon completing the two steps above, it is time to get things moving.

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First, you make a list of the entertainers. Then, you make the selection. It is easy.

Consider all forms of entertainment from bands to speakers and comedians, as long as they fit the profile for your event and that of the audience.

Then, take every entertainer one by one and look at some of their performances. You can typically find them online, along with reviews. Try their official website as well.

By taking a quick peek at their previous shows, you will be able to tell whether their jokes or their speech is appropriate for your event.

If you decided on an entertainer, then you can go ahead and contact them or communicate with the entertainment agency and seal the deal.

See? Choosing Charity Fundraising Entertainment Is Easy

By following these tips, you will feel more at ease knowing you chose the right entertainment for your events.

Moreover, your guests will enjoy it and have an excellent time.

Looking for an experienced entertainer for your event? Take a look at our selection of performers, and browse through the options we offer by topic or niche.

See something you like? Then say something! Don’t hesitate to get in touch or give us a call at (615) 283-0039 to tell us more about your event. 

5 Mistakes to Avoid when Looking for Charity Entertainment

Getting the right charity entertainment for your upcoming event is a huge challenge. We get how you feel, and we want to help.

Organizing a charity event is both a stressful experience and a rewarding one thanks to a resounding success. It means reaching all your goals and receiving positive feedback from your guests makes everything bad go away.

If you are a non-profit organization, you may see charity fundraising entertainment as a beautiful dream which you could not possibly achieve. However, that is not true, especially if you do everything like a professional.

Here are five of the biggest mistakes you should avoid at any cost when looking to hire charity entertainment.

#1 “We Are a Non-Profit Organization.”

5 Mistakes to Avoid when Looking for Charity Entertainment

Many charity event organizers use the wrong argument to ask an entertainer to perform at their event: “it is a good deed, we are a non-profit organization!”.

Entertainers may receive up to ten requests for services every day. Imagine if half of those emails contain the “argument” mentioned above. It does not feel so special anymore, doesn’t it?

Even if you are looking for charity entertainment or donations, your arguments should be much more compelling. Making the entertainer feel like his work does make a positive impact which will get you better results, but only as long as you do not ask for a free performance.

#2 You do not Emphasize the Right Return on Investment

Nobody will give you his or her time for free. Even volunteers get something in return – actively doing something to fix an individual issue.

It is the same even with charity entertainment. There’s a higher chance your proposition will sound better if you let entertainers know what’s in it for them, besides the chance of doing something for the greater good.

Assuming everybody cares about your cause and is willing to help you for free is probably the biggest mistake you can do.

#3 You Play the “Hometown” Card Wrong

In the world we are living today, only a few artists stick to just one city, while the most talented ones reach out to each continent at a time.

Based on their success, some even decide to move to another state/country/continent.

If you are looking for charity fundraising entertainment and want to hire an entertainer born in that town, you should first do thorough research.

Playing the “hometown” card may not do you any good if the entertainer no longer has any connections with that town.

#4 You Offer Reach instead of Credibility

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If you are organizing a charity event for a quite large non-profit, you may feel good with, let’s say, reaching out to one million people. It is indeed impressive, and you should be proud of achieving it.

However, for a celebrity or headline entertainer, one million people might be absolutely nothing. Especially if you think about YouTube and social media platforms where they reach millions on a daily basis. Their time is valuable and should be valued as such.

Instead, advertise credibility forget about reach and let the entertainer know you can pay for the performance.

#5 You do not Offer to Pay for Charity Entertainment

Being consistently focused on achieving your charity fund goals may make you oblivious of the fact artists should be paid as well. Especially if you are looking for a musician to sing at your event.

If you plan to sell tickets, you should also offer to pay for the performance. Having an artist perform on stage could bring in more donors at your event. It means you will get a good return on investment.

The Grable Group is a booking agency and entertainment company. We can be your partner in organizing the perfect event.

Working with us gets you access to a large number of talented artists and speakers ideal for any charity events.

Just get in touch with us if you would want to know more.

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