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Aye Aye Captain!

Aye Aye Captain!

Table captains are integral to the success of a nonprofit organization’s Fundraising Breakfast, Gala or Benefit Dinner. The term table captain was borrowed from nautical terms and became a fundraising term when organizations realized the importance of having someone...

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Mapping Out Your Event Strategy

Mapping Out Your Event Strategy

    Planning and executing impactful fundraising events throughout the year is crucial for nonprofits who want to achieve their organizational goals. By aligning events with the organization's mission, prioritizing initiatives, allocating resources efficiently, and...

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Accessibility at Events Featuring Three Case Studies

Accessibility at Events Featuring Three Case Studies

    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....

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Accessibility: Incorporating Inclusivity in Every Event

Accessibility: Incorporating Inclusivity in Every Event

    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,...

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Super Powers  What Makes the GFS Events Team Powerful

Super Powers
What Makes the GFS Events Team Powerful

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...

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Rafflemania!  Tips for Hosting a Successful Raffle

Tips for Hosting a Successful Raffle

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...

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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.”

-Jenni Butz

Owner, Wordspark

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.”

-Katy Herko

Philanthropy Manager

Highly recommend GFS for fundraising and events.

“2020 was a difficult year for fundraising, we could not have done it without GFS. We transitioned our regular 2000 person walk & run to a virtual fundraiser. Not only did GFS help us beat our fundraising goal, they ended up working about 2-3 months longer than originally expected. I HIGHLY recommend GFS for fundraising and events. They have helped us with our event for multiple years now. Great work again!”

-Brad Near

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!”

-Elizabeth Richmond

Development Director
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!”

Ashley Glovier

Executive Assistance
Key to Change

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