The purpose of a charity dinner is to raise funds for a certain cause or organisation, but that may be easier said than done. Fundraising can be quite a challenge if you don’t know how to do it right, so it’s essential that you have a plan in place for raising the money.
You’ve booked the Melbourne corporate event venue, hired the staff, set the theme, so now it’s time to think about how you can turn a profit at your charity dinner…
Hold a Silent Auction — A silent auction is a good way to entice people into making charitable donations to the cause or organisation for which the charity dinner is being held. Ask your vendors, contacts, business partners, and local merchants if they have anything they would like to donate to the event, and use them to populate a list of items to auction off. Have your guests write an amount that they want to bid on the items on the list. At the end of the night, reveal which guests won which items, and give out the prizes to the winners. All of the proceeds will go to help the cause or organisation.
Sell Advertising — If you are holding a charity dinner, no doubt you will try to invite the wealthier citizens of Melbourne. Selling advertisements for your charity dinner is a good way to raise funds, as partner companies and vendors will be glad to pay to advertise to the people they are trying to promote their products to. You can make a book, hang banners, or add the companies to your list of event sponsors, and it will be excellent publicity for them while helping you to cover the cost of the event!
Organise a Raffle — Who doesn’t love the idea of winning a grand prize in a raffle? If you can use a huge TV, a cruise, a holiday overseas, or other large prizes, it will entice people to buy more tickets. The more tickets each guest buys, the greater the chance that they will win the raffle. The more tickets you sell, the more money you raise for your cause or organisation.
Hold a Live Auction — Why not make things a bit more fun by holding a live auction? You’ll need quality items to auction off, and you will definitely need to hire an MC to lead the auction. When you send out the invitations, make sure to list all of the hot-ticket items that you are going to be auctioning off, and remind your guests to bring their credit cards!
These are some of the most popular ways to turn a profit from a charity dinner, but we’ve got many, many more ideas to help you! As one of the premier Melbourne corporate event venues, we’re more than able to help you plan a financially successful event. Let us help you do some good in the world through your event.