Event planners have a broad range of skills and assets which help them organize amazing fundraising events. We are passionate about organizing events in general. However, in this article, we are going to talk about the skill set of a fundraising event planner.
We know there are so many of you out there who are in charge of putting together charity events. We hope this article will be an inspiration for you.
What It Looks Like to Be a Successful Fundraising Event Planner
Enthusiasm and passion
The charity sector needs people who are enthusiastic and passionate about the cause they are fighting for. Passion is what determines fundraising event planners to do amazing work.
If you have been organizing events for a while, then you know how stressful they can sometimes be. That is why passion and enthusiasm are so important because it drives people to accomplish their goals. Also, by being enthusiastic individuals, planners will be able to spread all around them positive energy.
A fundraising event planner knows you can never be too prepared. They will always have a backup plan to their backup plan and will know how to manage unexpected situations.
However, having a backup plan is not the only thing they are good at. They also have checklists to make sure every single important aspect of the fundraising event is covered.
As an event planner, you have to talk to a lot of vendors, sponsors, partners or speakers. It is so important to communicate your needs clearly and to be able to coordinate with the members who will help you with the event.
Being an excellent communicator is strongly related to having people skills. You cannot have one without the other.
Entertainment as the secret ingredient
The most successful fundraising event planners always have an ace up their sleeve. Usually, it is what will make the guests engaged with the fundraising event and will make it an inevitable success.
Seeing people having fun and not being bored is what successful planners aim for. If the guests are happy, then their goals are met.
For a fundraiser event planner, there’s so much more than just a checklist and donations. It is about having a vision.
This concept applies to all the fundraising events they will be organizing are it includes elements such as:
- Event theme
- Sponsors and the list can go on and on.
Having a vision means to deliver expectations and to serve a greater purpose which is the fruit of a long-term strategy.
You can never be too careful about details, even if you are organizing small fundraising events. In fact, that is where it can matter the most.
A successful fundraising event planner knows how the small pieces fit together and what kind of details can make a difference in the overall experience.
The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a must trait to have in fundraising. Why? Because it facilitates relationships by listening. By listening, fundraising planners are learning so much.
On top of that, it is more important to figure out what’s left unsaid, then what’s coming out of someone’s mouth. Most of the time, it is the body language which talks and not us.
Your Fundraising Event Starts with Us
Moreover, we are not the only ones saying that. Our amazing clients can confirm this for us. We know only by practicing and getting as much experience as possible you will be able to grow as an event planner.