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Getting ready for gala season

Written By: Jean Mills
September 26, 2011

Organizing a fundraising gala is not getting any easier. Aside from the fallout of an unpredictable economy that keeps previously generous hands firmly in pockets, any number of unexpected hurdles can suddenly appear on the scene.

Small town, big festival

Written By: Shaun Smith
August 22, 2011

This summer we've been looking at how cultural nonprofit organizations are running arts festivals across the country. This month, we venture to Charlottetown, PEI, to explore the emergence of a brand new festival called Art In the Open, taking place on Saturday, August 27, from 4 p.m. until midnight.

Great Northern Arts Festival

Written By: Shaun Smith
July 18, 2011

Last month, ;in our series about summer arts festivals run by nonprofits, we looked at the partnership between Toronto’s Luminato festival and The New YorkerMagazine. This month, we head way up north, to the town of Inuvik on the Mackenzie River Delta in the Northwest Territories, to look at the challenges and opportunities faced by coordinators of the Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF).

Furthering the arts with strategic partnerships: Luminato and The New Yorker magazine

Written By: Shaun Smith
June 7, 2011

Find out how a strategic partnership between two popular cultural entities led to an excellent opportunity for collaboration.

Why run when you can walk? The evolution of walkathons

Written By: Karen Kotzen
May 24, 2011

Using a walk for the dual goals of generating awareness and raising money has become a strategic choice for many charitable organizations. But is the competition too much?

Picture perfect: 10 tips for taking great photos

Written By: Karen Luttrell
May 24, 2011

Photography is one of the areas where program staff and volunteers can use their creativity to enhance the organization's communications materials. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Fundraising Q&A: How effective are your special events?

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
April 26, 2011

This article provides a checklist to help you conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your special event.

Fundraising Q&A: Risk management for third-party fundraising

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
March 22, 2011

This article provides a comprehensive reference list of policies and procedures that should be put in place when working with third-party fundraisers.

Governance Q&A: Last minute event changes

Written By: Jane Garthson
September 8, 2009

If an event is cancelled or greatly scaled back at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond our control, what do we do about our vendors and sponsors?

The Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar: A fundraising case study

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
February 23, 2009

It is the end of an era. After 84 years of running Toronto's annual shopping extravaganza, drawing thousands of bargain hunters from every corner of the city, the Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar has called it quits.

Hosting a successful conference: An exhibitor's point of view

Written By: Sharron Batsch
December 8, 2008

How to host a successful conference: tips and tools.

Loredana Loy: Walking the walk for BC’s animals

Written By: Michael Howard
September 18, 2008

A profile of Loredana Loy, whose innovative campaign doubled fundraising and participation totals for the BC SPCA's annual walk-a-thon in three years.

The ubiquitous charitable golf tourney: Hole-in-one or vicious slice?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 9, 2008

While thousands of Canadians hack away in frustration at those little white golf balls - all in the name of a good cause - the question remains: is the ubiquitous charity golf tourney worth the effort nonprofits put into them?

When to pull the plug on a special event

Written By: Judy Allen
December 10, 2007

A list of suggested criteria for cancelling an event

Six unique online fundraising techniques for your nonprofit - Online Auctions

Written By: Lance Trebesch and Taylor Robinson
October 9, 2007

The use of an online auction in your nonprofit will reduce the amount of resources required to host the auction, while maximizing the potential profits.

Assessing the security needs for your event

Written By: Judy Allen
October 9, 2007

Determining if security is needed at an event

Taking your event to the next level

Written By: Judy Allen
July 16, 2007

How to use an auction or other mini-events to increase an event's success

Mail vs. e-mail: The best way to send an invitation

Written By: Judy Allen
April 9, 2007

How to evaluate your invitation method based on desired audience.

Silent, live or online: Which style of auction is best?

Written By: Judy Allen
February 12, 2007

How to assess what kind of auction will best suit an event

Effective event tools and tips

Written By: Paulette Vinette
December 18, 2006

This article offers tools and tips around effective event planning.