Every foundation hosts an event to generate revenue. What types of events do you host? What works?
Join this month's Leader to Leader program where leaders share different events and how they help their foundation. During this program, you can interact and engage with each presenter and take practical resources back to your foundation.
Theresa Duren, Director
OASD Education Foundation
In May 2023, Theresa Duren and the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) Education Foundation hosted its groundbreaking first annual fundraising gala, dedicated to enhancing the visual and performing arts within the district. During the inaugural year, they successfully raised $110,000, employing a multifaceted fundraising approach that encompassed marketing teacher wishlists, strategic vendor partnerships and co-chairs, and online ticket sales. The event showcased the remarkable student talents through captivating music performances, dramatic verse, and an inspiring art exhibition. Uncover the cost-effective approach, with expenses kept under $9,500, and gain insights into how they plan to adapt this model annually to address other crucial needs within the OASD.
Whitney Woolf, Executive Director
Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Lake Oswego, OR
The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation hosts an annual primary fundraiser called the Annual Fall Phone-athon which spans three nights in October, where a dedicated team of 40 volunteers comes together with a common goal - funding for the eleven schools. This year the Lake Oswego School Foundation were able to secure $650,000 in donations and pledges through calls to individuals in the community. Remarkably, the total cost of this program is a mere $3,750, showcasing an incredible return on investment that amplifies its positive impact on the local schools. While the foundation hosts other events like a Gala and donor appreciation parties, these are employed as relationship-building opportunities, as the primary fundraising efforts take center stage during the results-driven phone-athon. The total fundraising goal for the 2023-24 school year is $1.3M and Lake Oswego School Foundation is about half-way there.
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