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, The Secrets of Successful Fundraising, pp. 109-111, F.E. Robbins & Sons
Effective Event Signs, Darcy Campion Devney, Organizing Special Events and Conferences: A Practical Guide for Busy Volunteers and Staff, Pineapple Press
It's Volunteers and Money, Susan J. Ellis
Orientation and Training of Event Volunteers, Betty Stallings & Donna McMillion, How to Produce Fabulous Fundraising Events, pp. 49-51, Building Better Skills
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
Youth Can Change the World, Mosaic Youth Center with Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, pp. 7-10, Search Institute

Results of the Abila Donor Engagement Study: "we decided to dig even deeper into donor behavior, to go beyond just engagement, and see what drives donor loyalty, what types of content donors really like to consume, what actions by an organization annoy donors, what role events and volunteering play, and how donors really feel when it comes to an organization spending money on overhead." Lots about Gen X and the connection of volunteering to giving money. 

, 2016, pp. 22
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

Written by CNIB for people who would like to become volunteers to support fundraising, including those who are interested in holding or supporting fundraising events and campaigns. Accompanied by a Toolkit.

, 2017
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."

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.

How to Plan and Participate in Giving Tuesday and Other ‘Giving Day’ Events

The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers a range of downloadable resources on how to make the most of single-day fundraisers.


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

InitLive Blog

Frequent posts with hints for involving volunteers in live events of all sorts, from InitLive, a technology business that provides "our customers with the tools they need to support their team before, during, and after their event."

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."

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.


A service that allows organizations to plan and organize special events of all kinds, through free and paid scheduling tools.  Also offers resources on how to create great events and manage volunteers well.

SignUp.com Blog (formerly VolunteerSpot)

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.


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.