GFS Fund Development was engaged as the State Walk Manager for the 2013 Washington State Walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
GFS coordinated all business sponsorships and assisted the walk Committee and the NAMI Board in best practices for securing sponsorships. We worked with Board and Walk Committee to introduce and implement new fundraising ideas and help teams with their fundraising goals. GFS coordinated all publicity for the Walk including social media, constant contact, website, print, television, and other media outlets. GFS raised over $65,000 in sponsorships which was the highest number of sponsorships ever raised for NAMI Washington in its 9 year walk history. GFS helped raise a total of over $200,000 overall for the Walk
National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington Walk Links
- GFS quoted in the Bellevue Reporter
- GFS quoted in the Kirkland Reporter
- GFS mentioned in the Puget Sound Business Journal
- See collateral from our event
“I cannot recommend Gazala highly enough. She has approached the NAMI Walk of Washington with drive, diplomacy and integrity. She is a reliable, positive, hard working colleague and she does an excellent job representing our organization in the community. We were extremely lucky to work with Gazala this year. I hope that we are able to contract with her for future events.”
Executive Director, NAMI Greater Seattle
Executive Director, NAMI Eastside
My recommendation for GFS Events is two-fold. As a walker at the NAMI event, they served the day as the consummate professional, coordinating the various aspects of a busy day with the calm demeanor of a true professional. Every detail came off without a hitch because GFS Events had a personal role in making sure everything had been confirmed before the moment of crisis. They even stayed up the night before to pray for good weather. As the journalist who helped coordinate media coverage of the event, Gazala was accessible and detailed in her responsibility. I have only four words to sum up my experience with Gazala and her team at the NAMI Walk ’13: It was my pleasure.