Plan a Donor Appreciation Event That Will Wow Your Attendees

fundraiser, donor, event, money, hands

Written by Tim Grable

April 6, 2017

Do you feel it’s time to show your donors gratitude for their commitment? There are many ways to show recognition, ranging from a “Thank You” email to actual gifts.

Our advice is to organize a donor appreciation event for all your donors.

It will help you know them better in less formal circumstances. It also makes them engage more with your mission. Here are the top four things to consider to organize a memorable event:

1. Organize Your Event According to a Particular Theme

You want to build up a tight relationship with your guests. Being a great host is not enough. You have to make sure they’ll remember your donor appreciation event.

You have to stand out. That is why you should focus on a particular theme.

Stick to your theme throughout the whole event starting from your invitations. In the end, offer each donor a theme-related gift as a symbol of your gratitude.

2. Pay Attention to Every Detail of Your Donor Appreciation Event

Make sure your guests feel great during your donor appreciation event. Every single one of them has to feel welcomed and have fun. You shouldn’t skip a thing.

Try to picture and plan every step of the evening:

  • Invite them in – Assign this task to a member of your staff. Ask this person to welcome each guest and make sure they are all seated at the right table
  • Check on food and drinks – make sure nothing is missing from their table
  • Track time – make sure the evening goes according to your schedule
  • Check your sound equipment twice – You don’t want any unpleasant surprises during your speech

Plan a Donor Appreciation Event That Will Wow Your Attendees

Ask Your Staff to Mingle as Much as They Can

Your entire staff should be involved in your effort to organize the best donor appreciation event. Every member of your team should play an active role and contribute to the evening’s success.

They are an essential element in the donor-organization relationship enhancement. They represent your organization. They believe in your goals and vision. Your staff members are the right persons to send out your message.

Ask them to mingle with the audience as much as they can. They’ll help your donors feel more comfortable at your donor appreciation event.

Besides, it’s a great chance to get to know them personally and bond through your team members.

Saying “Thank You” Is Not Enough – Try to Entertain Your Donors

Both you and your donors need a break from daily routine. You need to be less formal and just spend a fun evening together.

They shouldn’t show up to your event out of obligation. They should show up because they have a genuine wish to know you better and unwind.

That is why you have to keep them entertained throughout the evening. Make your donor appreciation event more fun by inviting an entertainer.

Our suggestion is to opt for a showman like Jeff Allen. He can craft the perfect show combining clean with hilarious humor like no other.

Show your donors they make a great difference through their involvement. Doing it in a relaxed environment will help both sides feel at ease. You will see the impact at your next charity event.

Donors will feel more confident and comfortable this way. In turn, they’ll be more likely to donate.

We hope our suggestions were useful. Don’t forget to contact us and book one of our entertainers for an unforgettable show.

You May Also Like…

Virtual Charity Auctions 101: A Guide for Fundraisers

Virtual Charity Auctions 101: A Guide for Fundraisers

For organizations that rely on engaging their communities, the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines threw a major wrench into plans for 2020. Thankfully, adaptations have largely been quick and effective, with virtual events rising to the occasion. This...

read more
How to Prepare Your Website for a Virtual Fundraising Event

How to Prepare Your Website for a Virtual Fundraising Event

Virtual fundraising events have skyrocketed in popularity, especially within this past year. With a global pandemic keeping people indoors and most in-person events on pause, online engagement efforts are now the main way that nonprofits have kept up their fundraising...

read more
The Best Virtual Team Building Activities (1)
The Best Travel, Food and Wine Virtual Experiences
Hire the Best Virtual Magic Show
The Best Virtual Experiences for Corporate Events and Remote Teams
Hire the Best Virtual Hosts for your Online Event
The Best Virtual Comedy Show (1)
Hire the Best Virtual Mentalist Show
Hire the Best Virtual Opener for Your Online Conference
Best Virtual Awards Ceremony
Hire the Best Musicians for a Virtual Concert
Hire the Best Corporate Virtual Event Ideas (Under $3500)
Book the Best Interactive Virtual Magic Show (under $7500)
The Best Virtual Entertainment (under $7500)
Hire the Best Celebrity Chef
Hire the Best Virtual Entertainers from America's Got Talent
Hire the Best Virtual Dance Party
Hire the Best Online Entertainment Ideas for Your Virtual Break
Hire the Best Virtual Keynote Speakers
Hire the Best Team Building Activities and Virtual Game
Hire the Best Ventriloquist virtual event
Hire the Best Virtual Wellness Activities for Work
Hire the Best Virtual Visual Art
Hire the Best Sommelier and Mixologist for your Virtual Beverage Making
Hire the Best Virtual Christmas Party Entertainment
The Best Virtual Comedy Show

A virtual comedy show merges the best comedians with technology to create an entertaining presentation for employee events to nonprofit fundraisers.

Hire the Best Virtual Christmas Party Entertainment

Planning a virtual holiday party?   We have put together a list of the best virtual entertainment.

Hire the Best Virtual Magic Show

Planning a virtual holiday party?   We have put together a list of the best virtual entertainment.

Hire the Best Virtual Mentalist Show

virtual mentalism show is highly interactive and includes virtual magic. The virtual mentalist engages the audience individually and as a group.

Celebrate The New Year with a Post-Holiday Celebration to Kick Off 2021

Planning a virtual post-holiday eventOnline Holiday parties were new in 2020, we have put together a list of the best post-holiday entertainment for your remote teams to celebrate the New Year.

Best Interactive Virtual Magic Show under $5000 b

Looking for the best virtual magic for your online event? Online magic shows merge interactive virtual magic with technology to create a captivating presentation that forces audiences to re-examine what’s possible in today’s digital world.

The Grable Group
Malcare WordPress Security