Corporate Events

6 Tips For Throwing A Successful Fundraising Event

Getting people to donate to your cause doesn’t always come easy, but if you are creative in your fundraising efforts, you’ll find that guests are more likely to donate to a worthy cause. If your company or organization is looking to raise funds for their next project or to give back to the community, you may be wondering how to throw a great event that will surpass fundraising targets. The team at Entourage Events Group has helped assist in the production of numerous fundraising events for large corporations and small organizations, and we’d be happy to share some of our tips for a successful event. Below, we share six tips for throwing a successful fundraising event.

1. Set The Scene With The Right Venue

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, don’t just book your event at the first hotel convention center that can accommodate a group of your size. You want the venue to set the stage for a wonderful night, and a dimly lit convention center with beige walls hardly does the trick. Dazzle with picturesque views of the city like you’ll find at The Riverside, or amaze with elegance at a venue like The Grand 1858. Let the venue speak for your organization from the moment your guests arrive.

2. Time Your Event To Your Audience

You want to ensure that your event is scheduled for a time that is ideal for your group and your guests. If you’ll be hosting a large portion of employees and clients, don’t plan it during normal business hours. If you want families to be able to attend, consider a weekend afternoon or evening. Pick a time that coincides with the obligations of your organization and your attendees.

3. Consider How You Can Best Raise Money

You might be hosting a fundraiser event, but that doesn’t mean people will just show up and write checks. Find creative or enticing ways to get people to donate to your cause. Run a 50-50 raffle, organize a silent auction, or offer a VIP experience to those who donate at a certain level.

4. Feed Your Group

Oftentimes charity or fundraising events sell seats or tables at an event that includes a delicious meal option, so consider making a meal one of the main aspects of your event. A meal can provide a great opportunity for a keynote speaker to make a donation pitch or explain how the donations will be used. Our team has catered countless fundraising events and weddings, so we know how to feed a large group with ease. Learn more about our catering options on this page.

5. Get The Word Out

You need to effectively market your event so that people are excited about coming to your event and donating to your cause. Emails, flyers, social media posts, formal invites, you name it. Don’t just let people know that an event is taking place, let them know what to expect and make them want to come. Let them know about dinner, raffles, music, prizes and anything else that will have people wanting to come to your event. You first need to sell the event before you can sell people on your cause or your vision.

6. Budget

The last item on our list is something you’ll want to set early on in the process, because a successful fundraising event relies on keeping expenses under a set threshold. Set a budget and stick to it. That can be harder than you might imagine if you’re trying to organize the event with a number of different companies. At Entourage Events Group, we can be your singular point of contact for venue hosting, decoration and lighting, food and beverages and other entertainment options. We make it easy to work within a budget and avoid any surprise expenses. Let our team help keep your event under budget to maximize the success of your fundraiser.

For more tips on throwing a perfect fundraising event, or to learn more about how our team can help you raise funds for your next venture, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Ways To Have Your Corporate Event Stand Out From The Rest

Depending on what line of work you’re in, you may be pretty familiar with the corporate event scene. Even if you don’t attend a lot of corporate events, the ones you attend can be pretty forgetful if the organizers don’t do anything to make their event stand out. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to make your corporate event stand out if you’re throwing a fundraiser or organizing a company event. Below, we share five ways that you can ensure your corporate event is unforgettable.

1. Wow With The Venue

Hotel convention centers are designed to be both functional and forgettable, so while they can host a large group, they aren’t going to be memorable for your audience. Instead, choose a venue that dazzles your guests. Spaces like The Grand 1858 and The Riverside offer picturesque views and incredible interior design that will be sure to make a mark on your audience.

2. Have A Keynote Speaker

Depending on the goals of your event, oftentimes it’s very helpful to have a keynote speaker deliver a message to your audience. It could be the head of your foundation speaking about the goals of your charity event, or it could be the CEO congratulating the team for a year of hard work. Or you could book a motivational speaker or a local celebrity to come talk to your guests. These powerful words can help make your night memorable.

3. Add Some Music

To help set the mood and create easy conversation between guests, consider having some musical entertainment at your event. You can book a local band to play for a couple hours, or you can bring in a DJ to play music at your event. The team at Entourage Events Groups can also handle the music and sound arraignments if you want to have more control over the music options at your event.

4. Have Top Notch Food

As you might have noticed so far with these tips, you want to appeal to your audience with sensory experiences. You’ve wowed with impressive views and entertained their ears with music, now it’s time to take it to the next level by dazzling their taste buds. Cater the event with fabulous food and beverage options. You can look into local vendors, but again, sometimes it’s easiest to go with the in-house options. Our catering division can create incredible appetizers and desserts at any of our venues, which is one less thing you have to worry about on the day of the event.

5. Encourage Social Sharing

A final way to make your event memorable and to help it have a second life in the digital realm is to make it an event that lends itself to sharing on social media. Our design and decor team can create wonderful spaces within your venue that lend themselves to Instagram opportunities or group photo spots. Create a hashtag for your event and encourage your guests to take photos and share about the night on social media. Photos and videos will help you remember the event, and it can be an effective PR tool.

If you want to ensure that your corporate event stands out from the rest, sync up with the team at Entourage Events Group and let us help make your event one-of-a-kind. For more information or to request a quote, reach out to our team today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Tips For Ensuring Your Corporate Event Is A Success

Corporate events take a lot of planning in order to go off without a hitch and have the intended effect on your audience. Done correctly, corporate events can increase productivity, bring in new clients or show your employees that you appreciate all their hard work. Done incorrectly, and your event can be the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. We’ve helped plan, organize and run countless corporate events, so we know what it takes to make them a success. In today’s blog, we share five insider tips for making sure that your next corporate event is a smash hit.

1. Figure Out Your Why

Before you even get into how you’ll plan your event, you want to make sure everyone understands why you’re having the event in the first place. Are you rewarding employees for their hard work? Are you fundraising for a new project? Are you trying to onboard 15 new clients? Once you figure out why you’re considering organizing a corporate event, the how will become much easier. Make sure the planning committee establishes and understands the goals of the event before they start trying to plan anything.

2. Wow With Your Venue

The venue you choose sets the stage for the event, so don’t just book the first place that has a space on a specific date. Instead of throwing your event at a hotel conference room, let your event stand out by picking a unique and memorable venue. We’ve had so many satisfied clients reach out to us to let us know that so many of their guests raved about the venue, so don’t underestimate what a great space can do for your event. Places like The Grand 1858, The Riverside and The View are all unique and awe-inspiring venues for your next corporate event.

3. Feed Your Guests

We also strongly recommend feeding your guests at some point during the event. You can either do a full sit-down dinner or just serve appetizers, but meal options tend to increase attendance, give people a centralized activity and avoid irritability that can be caused by hunger! Not sure how to best cater your event? Outsource it to the professionals. We can cater your event at any one of our venues. Not only is this one less thing that you have to plan, but you can take solace in knowing that your caterer won’t back out on your last minute. We have catering options to accompany any size group or any dietary restrictions. Let our team dazzle with decadent food options.

4. Remember That Less Is More

You’re going to have a lot on your plate as you plan your corporate event, and oftentimes it’s easier to outsource to one company instead of trying to get a bunch of groups to come together. If you’re trying to have one company cater the event, another company decorate the venue, you’re hiring your own bartenders and you’re trying to bring in your own DJ, it’s going to get complicated and it’s easier for something to fall through the cracks. Instead, connect with a company like Entourage Events Group that can handle all those aspects for you. We’ll handle parking, catering, decorating, bartending, cleanup and the music, all you have to do is bring the guests. Working with one point of contact is so much easier and helps everything run much smoother, so consider outsourcing duties to an event planning company.

5. Develop A Budget And Stick To It

Finally, develop a budget and stick to it. You don’t want your event to become a budgetary nightmare, so work with your financial team and come up with an appropriate budget. Again, it can be so much easier to understand costs and total expenses if you work with an event planning company instead of trying to pay a different caterer, hire your own DJ and decorate the venue on your own. With our team, you’ll have clear, upfront prices and a singular point of contact in the event you have questions about any aspect of your event, which ensures there aren’t any surprises when the bill comes. Don’t get in trouble with the finance department because it was tough to stay on top of expenses. Work with an event planning group and keep your budget on track.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you throw the perfect corporate event for your group, head on over to our contact page and let us know what you’re looking for. We’ll read your form and get back to you with individualized answers, and we can even schedule a tour of any of our venues. We look forward to hearing from you and helping ensure your next corporate event is a success!

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