Christian fundraising events are a great way of creating a sense of community and doing something for the needy. Many noble causes need funding. Unfortunately, that does not guaranty the success of the fundraiser.
Some mistakes can completely ruin your event. Some happen because of lack of experience while poor communication causes others. What matters is that you avoid them. Here are the biggest three:
1. Not Conveying Your Message
There is much to talk about during Christian fundraising events. You need to present your cause to the attendees, explain why they should help, thank them and many other things. Despite your busy schedule, make time to talk about God as well. A short prayer will remind people of what matters and inspire them to give.
On the other side of the spectrum are Christian fundraising events that forget to talk about their goals. You need to get people to care to raise more donations. After all, they want to be sure that their money is going to a good cause. Don’t forget to focus on why you organized the event in the first place.
You need to find time for everything. Start planning early and think about the speeches. Successful Christian fundraising events leave guests inspired and with a clear message in mind.
2. Not Screening the Entertainment
Not everyone working in the entertainment, especially comedy, industry is right for Christian events. Many rely on crude humor or language, and that can put off many of your guests. The wrong entertainer can ruin an otherwise excellent fundraiser.
Not getting any entertainment is a recipe for boredom, so the solution is to be thorough in your search. Take your time when looking and ask for testimonials about anyone you are considering to book. If possible, ask them to come for an interview or demonstration of their act. This way you’ll be sure when you find the right person with the right kind of clean humor.
Take Michel Jr. as an example. He does not rely on shock value or obscene language, but he is still hilarious. His relaxed, conversational style of comedy fits perfectly with a church-going audience. He can make your guests laugh but also think about the cause and God at the same time.
Make sure that the entertainer fits not only the audience but the fundraiser as a whole. It is important for your guests to have fun but don’t let them forget why they came in the first place.
3. Not Promoting Your Christian Fundraising Events
If your goal is to raise as much money as possible for the cause, invite people and create incentive. A simple flyer or notice posted on your church’s door will not bring in many guests.
Social media and the Internet, in general, are great for spreading the word. Create a Facebook event and invite your friends. Ask them to invite more people and so on. Christian fundraising events have stronger effects the more people attend.
Another important aspect is how you present the ceremony to others. No matter how well you describe it, photos, videos and schedules will make things clearer. If the people at your church will be the primary audience, ask the pastor to help you raise awareness and create hype.
Do all of these things well before the event so guests do not have anything planned already. Send reminders so they do not forget either.
We think it is great that you are organizing a fundraiser and want you to succeed. That is why it is important to shed light on the bigger event mistakes. Too many charities got poor results because of them.
With enough time to plan everything, your fundraiser will be a huge success.
We can speed up the process for you. The Grable Group is very thorough when it comes to entertainers, and we try to offer as many testimonials as possible. If you’d like us to help find the perfect fit for your event, call us at (615) 283-0039 or send us a message.