Event Planning

Working with volunteers in preparing for and running special events, especially fundraising projects.

The Before Budget vs. The After Math, Carol E. Weisman, pp. 109-111, F.E. Robbins & Sons, 2000
Effective Event Signs, Darcy Campion Devney, Organizing Special Events and Conferences: A Practical Guide for Busy Volunteers and Staff, Pineapple Press, 1990
Getting to Yes, Reprint of the May 8, 2002 issue of "Dear Association Leader"
It's Volunteers and Money, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
Orientation and Training of Event Volunteers, Betty Stallings & Donna McMillion, pp. 49-51, Building Better Skills, 1999
Raising Money through Volunteer Labor, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2003
Social-Media Workshop: How Nonprofit Groups Can Use Online Tools to Build Awareness and Raise Money, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2009
transcript of a live online discussion
Top Ten Reasons for Becoming a Fund Raiser, Cindy Chamberlin, Ronald A. Knott, et. al., Accent on Humor book set: The Wit and Wisdom of Philanthropy, Philanthropic Service for Institutions, 1996
Where can I find information on celebrity giving?, Blog response on Grantspace.org, 2013

Includes excellent list of Web sites and resources describing the philanthropy of famous people.

Youth Can Change the World, Mosaic Youth Center with Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, pp. 7-10, Search Institute, 2001
By Wendy Liu and Jennifer Aaker, Center for Responsible Business. Concludes that people asked to volunteer give more money than those who are not. , 2008, pp. 51

By the Australian Sports Commission.

, 2000, pp. 33
Benevon Model of Fundraising

Benevon trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to implement a mission-based system for raising sustainable funding from individual donors. View free  videos and read documents explaining the "Benevon Mondel."

Contributions Magazine Archive Library

Archived articles on all aspects of fundraising and other related issues from this bimonthly print publication. Also see section called "Panascope" for insightful articles by philanthropy expert, Jerold Panas.

The Foundation Center FAQs

The venerable Foundation Center site has lots of information for grantseekers, and this FAQ list is great, especialy for beginners.

The Grantsmanship Center Magazine

Archives of articles on all aspects of fundraising.


Great amount of information on how to fundraise through grants.


Unique international program offering the management of volunteers for nonprofit conferences and events, at no charge except expenses. For eligibility details and a summary of their work, see:http://www.icvolunteers.org/index.php?what=ser&id=6

Institute of Fundraising (UK)

Has developed a series of codes of practice in fundraising for the UK. See especially the "Volunteer Fundraising Code of Practice."

Network for Good Learning Center

Provides online fundraising services and training to nonprofit organizations through fundraising tools, e-newsletter communications, free teleconferences presented by industry leaders and its Learning Center. In 2008 it acquired ePhilanthropy.org.

Philanthropic Capacity Building Resource Database

Human Interaction Resource Institute offers snapshots of foundation funding for "capacity building." Page also gives Web site links to other sites concerned with nonprofit support.

PlanetFriendly.net - Promotion

"How to Organize & Promote an Event or Meeting" portal and guide for activists.

PTO Today "Focus on Fundraising"

Archived articles on all sorts of fundraising ideas for leaders of parent/teacher groups but applicable to any organization.


Free online volunteer scheduling service with a lot of useful options, especially template sign-up sheets and reminders to volunteers via e-mail and text. There are also fee-based premium levels for very large organizations. 


Any one person is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships, because it's a small world. SixDegrees.org (founded by Kevin Bacon and Network for Good) is about using this idea to accomplish something good (social networking with a social conscience). Support favorite charities by donating or creating fundraising *badges* - as well as check out the favorite causes of other people, including celebrities.

Venture Philanthropy Partners

"A philanthropic investment organization that helps great leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions."

Volunteer Spot

Free site designed to enable anyone to quickly mobilize, coordinate , and schedule volunteers in their community, congregation and social network to accomplish projects more easily.


Online service to organize, manage, schedule and communicate with volunteers. The free version is especially good for scheduling volunteer shifts at events. The paid versions offer advanced features. Sponsor the vonteer matching site Happy Volunteering.

VolunteerSpot Blog

Online scheduling site VolunteerSpot's blog shares ideas, tips and best practices for informal volunteer leaders about improving the volunteer experience, fundraising and streamlining volunteer coordination.

Print and e-Books in Our Store

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Step-by-step guide to making money effectively and enjoyably by running a Dynamite Dinner, and how to involve volunteers throughout.

Secrets of Successful Retreats

A step-by-step guide to planning and facilitating a productive off-site retreat for boards and other volunteers, paid management and line staff, or any combination thereof.

Volunteer Speed Matching

Think speed dating meets volunteer recruiting! One clever volunteer center outside of London produced this Toolkit for the perfect, fun and upbeat recruiting event.

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