We can offer innovative ideas and fundraising solutions that can help your nonprofit achieve a fundraising goal that you thought was out of reach.
As a nonprofit, you are short on time, money and staff. You have aggressive fundraising goals but don’t know how to achieve them because you have a short list of dedicated, albeit overworked, volunteers and/or staff. Perhaps you have brand new staff or board members who are not familiar with your donors or are just new to fundraising in general. Maybe your fundraising efforts have plateaued in recent years and you just don’t know how to reach that next level.
GFS Events creates timelines, offers procurement assistance, reaches out to sponsors, produces job descriptions for volunteers and manages the day of event details so that you can connect with your donors and guests and cultivate those relationships which will lead to higher dollars for your event. Your guests, donors and sponsors will thank you for running a well-executed event. Your board members will thank you for raising the dollars you need to achieve your mission.
Our nonprofit clients often feel a sense of excitement during the event planning process. GFS infuses energy into your planning committee and volunteers because we make the entire process seamless and fun—not taxing and dull. On the night of the event, our clients feel a sense of accomplishment. When the event runs smoothly and we raise the dollars we hoped for, there is definite joy!
Schedule a 30 minute fundraising analysis to review your past events or discuss the goals for a future event.
I was initially drawn to the development and nonprofit field because of my interest in the health care field. This interest eventually led me to a master’s degree in Healthcare management from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Years of working in strategic planning and business development for hospitals and healthcare organizations gained me the analytical skills, organizational expertise and compassion that I now bring to the field of nonprofit fundraising and event management.
Healthcare management was a field I enjoyed but my real passion developed when I joined a board for a local nonprofit over 10 years ago. I realized how much I enjoyed fundraising, nonprofit work and that I had the skills to be successful in this field. As a wife and mother to three wonderful children, it is important to me to also teach my kids the importance of nonprofit work. My family regularly supports and volunteers at many of the events we do each year.
I started GFS Events in 2012 because I knew that nonprofits needed help through my own board and volunteer work. I am an entrepreneur by nature and starting my own businesses was a natural progression of my goals and skills. I really listen to my clients to understand their needs. So many nonprofits need assistance with creating and executing a successful fundraising event. You can have a committed set of volunteers but you also need expertise, organization and knowledge of fundraising principles to really knock it out of the park.
I love fundraising. I love working with nonprofits and helping them to reach their goals. I have been able to double and sometimes triple the fundraising goals for my nonprofit clients. It makes what I do every day a privilege and not just a job.
Kavitha Peters developed her passion for fundraising and event planning while serving on a local nonprofit board over the last four years. She has managed the planning and execution of a variety of fundraising programs including auction events, corporate sponsorships, and fun runs. What she enjoys most about working with nonprofits is building relationships and community involvement. She is especially passionate about advocating for children. Kavitha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Richmond and completed her graduate studies at the University of Florida. She lives in Sammamish with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking and exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Sarah Janssen’s passion for working with nonprofits sparked when she recognized her enjoyment in doing work that improved other people’s lives in profound ways. This is what encouraged her to volunteer with and work for companies such as the YWCA, Seattle Goodwill, and World Vision where she was involved with putting on special events. She hopes to inspire others to be a part of positive change and growth in their own communities through the work she does. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Marketing from the Art Institute of Seattle. In her free time, Sarah enjoys nature, reading, playing piano, and spending time with her friends and family including her two furballs: Trixie and Jasper.
Alex brings a marketing and event background to the team as well as her passion for working with charitable organizations. Being able to put on a successful event while bringing a community closer together is her goal. She initially discovered her love of events when she worked as a philanthropic event organizer while attending the University of Arizona. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science & Retailing. When she’s not at work you can catch her at a Mariner’s game, exploring the outdoors, or at Salt & Straw.
Laura has a true excitement for all things events and blends her creative personality, giving spirit, organizational skills, and thorough work ethic to ensure projects run smoothly. She has 4 years of event planning experience working with a broad network of vendors and clients. She enjoys helping charitable organizations reach their goals while helping the community grow in positive ways. Always curious to learn something new, she has an appetite to take on new challenges and does so with a genuine attitude. Laura attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality, Restaurant, Tourism Management. Outside of diligently planning events, Laura can be found watching a good movie, cheering on her beloved St. Louis Blues, or in the mountains exploring with her fianceé Andrew and their lovable Golden Retriever, Luna.
Theresa Larsen brings over five years of nonprofit fundraising experience to GFS Events. Theresa has experience with organizing, planning and executing fundraising events. She developed her expertise in fundraising and events while serving on the executive boards of a few local nonprofit organizations.
Theresa loves helping nonprofits fundraise because of the positive impacts on society that these organizations make. Nonprofit events are so important because they increase the organization’s visibility and provide opportunities for current and potential donors to interact with the organization. Her exceptional level of detail helps to ensure that events go smoothly.
Theresa is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her interest in nonprofit fundraising led her to obtain her Master of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Seattle University. Theresa is the mother of two children and she lives in Issaquah. In her free time, Theresa enjoys snow skiing and hiking.
Kelly developed her passion for nonprofits while volunteering for GFS Events over the last four years. She realized how much she enjoyed working on an event from start to finish and seeing how much work and dedication goes into producing an amazing outcome for each nonprofit. Kelly loves being involved with the community and meeting new people along the way. Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She has spent the last 16 years in the recruiting field connecting people with their next amazing career. In her free time, she loves spending time with her son, Brady and their dog, Tigger. They enjoy hiking, traveling and spending time with friends!
"GFS Events helped us coordinate a large fundraising event, and it was flawless!" "Being brand new to the nonprofit fundraising world, I wouldn’t have known where to even begin without their support. Everyone we worked with at GFS Events was a true professional, listened to what we wanted, and helped us find creative solutions that worked within our budget. They were highly organized and skilled at moving our planning forward in a way that never felt rushed or overwhelming. They really shined on event day, where everything ran like a well-oiled machine. Because of GFS, our small staff was able to spend time where it mattered most—with our guests. I would not hesitate to work with GFS Events again!"