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Episode 54: Is a Friendraiser a Waste of Time?

Feb 06, 2020

Is A Friendraiser a Waste of Time? 

Are you wasting time and money on “friendraisers” that barely generate any donors or volunteers?

In this episode, we are going to chat about the goal and purpose of a friendraiser.

What is a Friendraiser

Let’s first define what a friendraiser is.  It’s a non-ask event. No request for funding.  It’s a way to educate guests on the great work your organization is doing but in a friendly way, a casual way.  And what I am about to say is really important, there is no cost to attend a friendraiser. It’s free. 

However, while I’m suggesting to you that the event be casual in nature, they do serve a very important purpose for your organization.  And there are specific reasons you want to host this type of event. Do you know what they are? 

Well, i got good news.  I’m going to tell you. There are 6 reasons you need to be hosting several “friendraisers”...

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Episode 53: Why Your Fundraising Event ISN’T Generating 6-Figures and 3 things you can do to change that forever!

Nov 28, 2019


Episode 53: Why Your Fundraising Event ISN’T Generating 6-Figures and 3 things you can do to change that forever!

Year after year, you recruit volunteers, plan the party, rent the venue, send the invites, but for some reason you only seem to break even or come slightly under that goal of hosting a 6-figure fundraising event.  What went wrong? Where did you fall short? 

Like me, many of you are members of fundraising groups on Facebook.   I think I’m a member of 5 or 6 for sure. And, I’ve noticed a theme in the kinds of questions being posted inside the groups in regards to fundraising events.  This got me thinking and I decided to create this episode to help YOU hear first hand what it takes to host a 6-figure fundraising event.  

Special Offer First

If your new to hosting events be sure to check out my FREE mini checklist on how to create a pipeline of new donors for your next big fundraising event.   I give you some ideas...

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Episode 52: The #1 Thing I Did to Reach Our Annual $5.2M Budget

Nov 07, 2019

You did ALL THE THINGS that you do annually to reach your revenue goals but somehow fell short of reaching your annual budget. For some reason all those ideas that were buzzing around in your head at the beginning of the fiscal year that you wrote into a high-level strategic fundraising plan didn’t work!  Why?   


Strategic plans are fabulous.  They’re a great way to put all those fundraising ideas down on paper. 

And, let me guess, you likely did more than just write-up a plan.  You likely met with your ED to go over ideas and got his/her approval on moving forward with your ideas.

And the board likely approved the ideas, too!

If you designed this high-level strategic fundraising plan right, it probably included the following:

  • Securing Grants
  • Securing Individual funding such as annual gifts and major gifts
  • Hosting a new fundraising event 
  • Participating in the annual online giving campaign of some sort


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Episode 51: The Weirdest but COOLEST Nonprofit Fundraising Event I ever planned!

Oct 30, 2019

You and I probably agree that there’s nothing wrong with these types of fundraising events.  Done well, they can be quite fruitful. 

But, when I decided to add a second fundraising event to our annual fundraising goals, planning the "go to" gala or casino night didn't feel quite right.    

So, what type of event did I come up that was weird and cool and different? 


Before I dive into the weirdest fundraising event I ever hosted, I have a gift for you.  If you’re trying to build up that pipeline for new donors, I have a free guide to help you get started.  I’ve included a link for you in the show notes.



So here’s how  the story goes.  It was decided that our organization would tack on a second fundraising event during  the...

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Episode 50: Help, my board won't fundraise at my annual event!

Oct 24, 2019

Episode 50: Help, My Board Won’t Fundraise for Our Annual Event!

Raise your hand (mentally) if this is a problem in your nonprofit: Your Board doesn't invite guests to the annual fundraising event, and they don't fill a table. They don't contribute to the auction by donating an auction item or purchasing an auction item. Worst yet, you schedule all of these fundraising event planning meetings, and they don't even come!

They simply don't do their part to help your nonprofit succeed.

Does this sound like any of you? Does this resonate with you?

Well, tune in cause I’m going to help you figure out how to turn this around!

The Board of Your Dreams

If you could wave a magic wand over all your Board members, this is what you could be experiencing instead:

1) A Board member who brings at least five to 10 people to the event, and who can tell you which of his or her guests are likely to get more involved in supporting the organization financially.

2) A Board member who is...

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Episode 49: Nobody is buying tickets to your fundraising event! Why?

Oct 03, 2019

Nobody is buying tickets to your fundraising event! Why? Tune in to learn why no one is showing up and what you can do to turn that around!

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Episode 48: What Comes Before The Ask?

Oct 03, 2019

What comes before the ask?  Tune in to learn about the 4R's of the cultivation cycle and how much time you should be spending on each R?

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Episode 47: Creating A Story Bank!

Oct 03, 2019

Ever wondered how to capture stories and images of all the great work your organization is doing?  Then check out this episode on how to create a story bank for your organization! 

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Episode 46 : Are You A Swag Lover?

Jun 20, 2019

There is tons of information out there in the vastness of the internet. There is so much free content out there that can really be helpful to get you started. But that’s the thing. It’s there to get you started. If you’re someone that is constantly consuming free content, you might just be addicted to the free swag. The free swag will only get you so far my friends. It’s time to think about if it’s time to invest in yourself and your organization!

But Who Am I?

Hi! I'm Lisa Clark and I help nonprofits and fundraisers like YOU raise money through events so you can meet your annual revenue goals! I'm also the host of a free Facebook Group, Raising with Lisa Clark, a free group for fundraisers, NPOs, development team members, volunteers, and supporters. I included a link below so you can request to join right away!

Link to Join Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/112148672944584

What Is Swag?

We’ve all received some sort of swag. From...

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Episode 45: The Results Are In and We Raised $470k on June 1!

Jun 11, 2019

The results are in! And we have proudly raised $470,000! I want to talk to you about just HOW we did it because this was an incredible event. We started planning this back in September so it’s been a massive undertaking for everyone involved. This particular event went towards remodeling and making homes safe in the San Francisco Bay area. This includes changing out plumbing, re-roofing the home, fixing the electrical or whatever might be necessary. This is an organization that has been around for 30 years, and this particular event has been hosted by the Stanford Shopping Center for 17 years. Needless to say, there are many key takeaways you can incorporate into your events to make them successful like ours was!

But Who Am I?

Hi! I'm Lisa Clark and I help nonprofits and fundraisers like YOU raise money through events so you can meet your annual revenue goals! I'm also the host of a free Facebook Group, Raising with Lisa Clark, a free group for fundraisers, NPOs, development...

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