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In this month’s blog we continue our focus on accessibility and incorporating inclusivity into events. We highlight three organizations and how we worked together successfully to incorporate various accessibility and assistive technologies into their events....
What does it mean to make an event accessible? It means anticipating attendees' needs so that the event can be enjoyed by all people to the greatest extent possible. It also means providing an effective means of responding to specific requests for accommodations,...
For every GFS event, we pack a bag of the essential supplies we’ll need on site. Here’s our list of must haves to help ensure you have a well-organized event. Notebook and Pen: The cornerstone of an event planner's bag, a notebook and pen are essential for jotting...
GFS Events has a super team that helps nonprofits further their missions. From being super detail-oriented to super efficient, examples of the GFS team’s individual super powers and organizations we’ve helped are highlighted below. Read more about what makes our team...
You can incorporate various creative revenue streams into your nonprofit fundraiser, and one of our favorite ones is a raffle. Raffles are often great money makers at events, because they create excitement and engage your guests. Here are our tips for hosting a...
The sun has arrived just in time for outdoor event season! While outdoor events can be held year round due to tenting, heaters, and other adjustments, summertime has unlimited opportunities to host a successful event. Here are our tips for hosting successful outdoor...
Seasonal Savvy: Tips to Navigate the Availability of Flowers, Food, Venues
Planning Your Next Event With Seasonality In Mind
Your goal is to create a memorable fundraising event that maximizes the potential for donations and support. Every detail matters. Understanding the impact of seasonality on items like flowers, food, and venues can help elevate your events to the next level. Here are...
Earth Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than by highlighting sustainable event vendors who are making events more eco-friendly? As we become more aware of our impact on the planet, it's important that we make conscious efforts to reduce our...
As nonprofits return to in-person events in 2023, the most important success factor will be how to attract guests. For some organizations, the hiatus has been three years, and it is vital to make your fundraiser stand out from all the others. Here is an example of an...
There are hundreds of logistical details that go into planning a fundraising event. Here are our top four details that you must pay attention to in order to have a successful event. Licenses, Permits And Raffles, Oh My! One of the most critical pieces in planning a...
Choosing an event software platform is one of the most important decisions you will make to ensure that your event runs smoothly and your attendees have a seamless guest experience. Start early -- you should have your event platform chosen at least eight months before...
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking strategically about how to express gratitude to the partners who help make your work possible. Expressing gratitude to your donors, board, volunteers, and vendors is an important way...
Nice Things PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
They more than tripled the amount they had raised the previous year!
“I worked with the GFS Events Team on the Taste of the Valley auction for the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance recently. I was so impressed! They more than TRIPLED the amount they had raised the previous year because of GFS’s excellent connections and organization of volunteers. Those are results to brag about! In addition, I heard people throughout the evening, including the auctioneer, say that this was one of the best events they had ever attended.”
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.”
Highly recommend GFS for fundraising and events.
Vice President, Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation
Gazala and her team provide valuable insight
“I worked with an organization that typically brought in a fundraising assistant each year and instead, we decided to hire GFS events and I absolutely believe it was the best choice. Not only did they provide a skilled auction coordinator to help us plan and execute our second virtual event, as importantly, Gazala and her team provided valuable expertise in guiding us with options and decisions to consider throughout the process. I highly recommend GFS!”
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
Proud to have exceeded our fundraising goal by $40,000!
“We had the pleasure of working with Sarah at GFS to spearhead our Spring Salon Fundraiser (virtual program) for our non-profit, Key to Change. Her design sense and branding for our event was on point and made our entire presentation look professional and engaging. The fundraising platform GFS recommended, Auctria, was easy to use for our donors and the way Sarah designed everything made it all over the top. We were proud to have exceeded our fundraising goal by $40,000! GFS’ fees were certainly money well spent. Would highly recommend!”
Key to Change