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Special EventsThe Honorable Jane SaundersSenior Political Representative


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Fundraising Techniques

  • Popular

  • Logistics Issues (timing, venues, marketing)

  • Affiliates help with costs

  • First time events vs. annual events


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Auctions

Casino Nights

Dances

Ms. RPAC Contest

Jail & Bail

Colored Murder Mystery Dinner

Dunking Booth

Karaoke

Triathlon (darts-bowling-golf)

Polar Plunge

Balloons

Chili Cook-Offs

Fundraising TechniquesSpecial Events


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Fundraising TechniquesSpecial Events

  • Exotic Dessert & Wine Reception at a VIP’s House

  • The Great Duck Race… sell rubber ducks to agents, decorate ducks, have other events centered around race


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Fundraising TechniquesSpecial Events

  • REALTOR® Idol… Entry Fee is the Contribution -- “Celebrity” Judges, Karaoke, Make Contribution to STOP Singing

  • Wine tasting


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Fundraising TechniquesSpecial Events

  • Dinners

  • Games… Bingo, Trivial Pursuit, Scene It, Monopoly, Card games, Bingo

  • Dances… use a theme for more fun

  • Golf Ball Drop

  • Head and Tail Game

  • Tacky Ball

  • REALTOR® Dancing with the Stars


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Live & Silent Auctions

  • All items should be donated, if possible

  • Cost of venue should be as low as possible

  • Food and beverage should be sponsored

  • Offer VIP tables, preview party

  • Keep database of gifts and buyers for repeat activity

  • Focus on RPAC award levels during bidding

  • Plenty of advance preparation required

  • Follow-up necessary


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MS. RPAC “Beauty Contest”

  • Recruit local leadership as the participants

  • Sponsors should underwrite the cost of event (drinks, venue, entertainment)

  • Choice of emcee – provide colorful contestant profiles

  • Photographer

  • Contestants compete to earn the most RPAC contributions from the crowd

  • Potential state/local competition

  • Winner crowned Ms. RPAC


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Diamonds and Champagne

  • Easy, classy, add-on event

  • Many variations on what diamonds to use

  • LOTS of champagne!

  • Offer a chance for the real stone for $99

  • Be sure you know the real diamond

  • Have a time limit on selling champagne




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RPAC Legs Contest

  • Recruit fun-loving male members (6-10)

  • Sponsor should underwrite cost of event

  • Great way to include spouses; another source of RPAC income

  • Could be an annual or add on event

  • Provide envelope with pre-printed information

  • Winner is the one who raises the highest amount

  • Easy event to avoid the 1/3 Rule


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Celebrity Dinners

  • Recruit local leadership as the celebrity waiters

  • Sponsors should underwrite the cost of event (drinks, venue, entertainment)

  • Great way to include spouses – another source of RPAC income

  • Time event with BOD meeting or membership meeting

  • “Cost” of dinner is RPAC contribution

  • Each waiter will charge individuals as they see fit


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Pie in the Face

  • Recruit VIP to be the target

  • For each pre-determined amount of contribution, contributor gets to throw one pie, can set a maximum

  • Inexpensive and fun event

  • Helps increase participation if dollar amount is low enough


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Fundraising Techniques

  • Always check plans with State/Local Legal Counsel

  • Remember the One Third Rule

  • Create opportunities to learn, network, expand business and boost reputation

  • Provide rewards/recognition to top donors

  • Costs - spend money to make money

  • Recover all of your costs


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More Ideas that Might Just Catch On…

  • Bowling Tournaments

    • What sounds simple, is. When organized and promoted, you can make up to $9,000 per event.

    • Get the details from a local alley and try for no-cost base, full teams and sponsorship.


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More Ideas that Might Just Catch On…

  • Jail and Bail

    • This can be a lot of fun, but is high pressure for those who aren’t warned in advance.

    • Best example seen is on a borrowed yacht complete with a pirate theme, participation of local restaurant on a pier and extensive galley provisions for the “jailed” members.

    • Great opportunity for affiliate members sponsorship!


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More Ideas that Might Just Catch On…

  • Golf Tournaments

    • Not just for golfers, these events can be a social highlight.

    • Find a course attached to a new development, work with the club manager on details and promote this as a fundraiser.

    • Rely on experts for a smooth event.

    • Details such as “hole-side silent auctions” can add fun and profit.


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More Ideas that Might Just Catch On…

  • The Non-Event Event

    • Why not send out invitations to an event and excuse guests from attending? It’s an easy and fun way to raise funds when done creatively.