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How to Make Your Next Fundraising Event a Success (Washington Nonprofits partnership webinar)

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September 19th 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Webinar (Washington Nonprofits link)

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Our professional development trainings are made possible by the generous support of U.S. Bank




                In partnership with Washington Nonprofits


Thursday, September 19, 2019. (PST)

$20 Members of State Nonprofit Associations

$40 General Public


In this session you will learn what it takes to make your next event a fundraising success. Putting on fundraising events can be time consuming and a challenge to resources.The details can take on a life of their own and deciding what is the right event or activity can be overwhelming. We will talk about the full event process, from beginning to end, and the components that make up an event. You will learn how to organize an event efficiently so your team can focus on other elements of your fundraising strategy including the most important of all, donor cultivation.

Whether it is your first event or your 25th, you will walk away with everything you need to put on that first event or improve upon your last.



  • Identifying the goal of the event - fundraise, educate, or fun?
  • Looking at different types of events, from gala’s to golf tournaments
  • What activities are the best for your event?
  • How to maximize fundraising within each activity
  • Creating an agenda/timeline to maximize impact
  • Who are the speakers, how many volunteers are needed= breaking down the nuts and bolts
  • Current trends in fundraising events
  • Budget- working out the money to reach your goals
  • Ideas for the check-out process
  • Who else can help- event consultants, fundraising auctioneers and hosts
Event Description
Learning Objectives

You will leave with new ideas for events and the best activities to do within an event. You will learn how to maximize fundraising to meet goals and tangible ways to organize and run an event. This online course will be recorded and the recording and all materials will be made available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend the course will still have access to all the materials.


This course is intended for board members, development teams, executive directors and organizations putting on their first fundraising event to seasoned professionals looking to improve upon an existing event or adding smaller events into their fundraising strategy. This course is ideal for groups looking for new ideas or ways to revitalize an existing event. We will go over all the nuts and bolts to put on a successful event to looking at current event trends and where events are going.


Rebecca Zanatta, Partner Vice President, Ostara Group


Lisa Rezac is a professional fundraising auctioneer and events’ consultant who partners with non-profits on large and small events to meet their goals and ensure their success. She is an events professional bringing over 15 years experience from her background coordinating on large TV events and leading over 125 team-building events to the non-profit sector. Her background includes leading and facilitating events for Fortune 100 companies including Google, LinkedIn, Exxon, Wells Fargo, Visa, and Medtronic, among others. Lisa is a purpose-driven leader and facilitator with a natural affinity for people and organizations that are making a difference in the world. With excellent organizational and client facing skills and extensive “day-of” events’ experience, she is adept at helping to create a streamlined event that exceeds expectations and maximizes fundraising. She attended the Western College of Auctioneering and brings her acting background (also attending Circle in the Square’s Professional Actor’s Training Program) to keep events fun, welcoming, and


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Event Custom Fields
Training/Event Topic Fundraising
Training Medium Online
Event Region Statewide

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