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Planning Special Events

Planning Special Events

James S. Armstrong

ISBN: 978-0-787-95248-8

Feb 2001, Jossey-Bass

208 pages

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Using the same principles and methods that have proven so successful for other fund raising activities, James S. Armstrong takes you step by step through the four-phase process of managing fund raising events. This down-to-earth guide--part of the Excellence in Fund Raising Workbook Series from The Fund Raising School at Indiana University--will show how to produce events that will raise money cost effectively, expand your support base, and attract attention to your cause. Designed to be a well-thumbed reference, the workbook also includes answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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The Excellence in Fund Raising Workbook Series Set, Set contains: Case Support; Capital Campaign; Special Events; Build Direct Mail; Major Gifts; Endowment

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Introduction: Designing and Producing Successful Special Events.

Understanding the Four Phases of Event Management.

Designing Your Special-Event Timeline.

Learning from Your Organization's Past Performance.

Preparing Needs Assessment and Your Case for Support.

Planning and Managing to Achieve Your Goals.

Selecting the Right Event.

Creating Your Budget.

Building Effective Teams.

Revising the Timeline to Stay on Track.

Constructing and Managing Your Marketing and Communications Plans.

Creating Compelling Promotional Materials.

Managing the Necessary Paperwork.

Managing the Details.

Handling Surprises and Contingencies.

Thanking, Acknowledging, and Reporting.

Conclusion: Applying Your Newly Gained Experience.

"For special events knowing all the right answers is not as important as asking the right questions . . . . questions which tackle all the critical components for success. This book is an invaluable resource, a roadmap which systematically guides professional and volunteer alike toward adventures that will realize their bold dreams. A great tool that creates all-important confidence and optimism." (Gary Wolff, CFRE, consultant to philanthrophy, Santa Fe, New Mexico)

"The novice and seasoned professional alike will find Planning Special Events an essential desktop companion. This practical, easy-to-use guide contains everything you need to know to create and manage enjoyable, profitable special events." (John M. Vigo, director of development, Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley, California)

"Not only is this book good for professionals, I would recommend it to my nonprofit (and some corporate) clients. Understanding all the elements required to produce a successful event is as important for the client as it is for the professional. In my twenty years of producing events, I have not found a book until now that outlines all the practical steps required for a successful event. It's all clearly spelled out here." (Marinda Freeman, event design & production, MF Productions)

"Drawing on thirty years of experience, Jim Armstrong presents a very readable, step-by-step on how to organize a successful fund raising event. I like his approach to accomplish this task." (Edward T. Scholl, executive director of development, Passionist Monastery, Chicago, Illinois)