Begin planning your event with the tools you need

Presence Agency has partnered with mission-driven clients in Chicago and beyond to raise over 2.5M dollars and engage 8000+ attendees. Utilizing a method built on strong foundations and industry expertise based in data and experience with non-profit boards, we have seen clients increase their fundraising potential by 93% year over year.

Now, we’re opening our proven production standards and best resources to help early stage and vetted non-profits build a strong foundation for their gala or fundraising event.

 

Whether this is your organization’s first fundraiser, or your first event as a part of a new organization, our one day workshop will give you the guidance to start planning. You will walk away with an event foundation that will engage donors, enlighten new supporters and excite your community.

This workshop is ideal for executive directors, development teams, board members, event co-chairs and other non-profit stakeholders. Our interactive seminar and workshop will give you the answers you need and the tools you can use to have a more thoughtful event and an organized planning process.

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Topics covered include:

  • DISCOVERY & PRE PLANNING

  • EVENT FOUNDATION

  • SPONSOR PLANNING & CULTIVATION

  • STRATEGY AND FUNDRAISING

  • MARKETING BEST PRACTICES

  • EVENT PROGRAMMING

  • COLLATERAL DESIGN & PRINTING

  • STAFFING & VOLUNTEERS

  • RENTALS & VENDOR MANAGEMENT

Gala 101 will also include a panel discussion with executive directors, development team members and stakeholders of Chicago-based non-profits who have navigated their first fundraisers, and have since grown their organizations and their community.

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

  • Attendance at our event, including lunch, water, coffee & tea.

  • Welcome kit with some of our event-production essentials

  • Digital workbook and resource list to help you execute your event

  • An invitation to our team’s office hours for one-on-one assistance post seminar

In large part because of Presence, the Feed Your Mind Gala is a tremendously successful fundraising event for our nonprofit, generating over half of our revenue each year with guests and chefs alike raving about the experience. — Alexandra Desorbo-Quinn, Executive Director, Pilot Light