Hosting a Fundraising Event – What Capabilities Are Needed?

Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Orphan Care | 0 comments

If you’re following along in our Hosting a Fundraising Event series, we’re now entering into the last couple steps of strategy. Why is any of this important to you? Well, if you are attempting to start or run a non-profit, care for orphans, and advocate for those in need…fundraising is crucial to enabling your programs to continue and your ministry to grow. By now, you’ve set your goal, determined where you will set up, and considered how you will succeed. Now, you will be establishing what capabilities you’ll need for this event. Capabilities have to do mostly with the type of people on your team. These could be staff members, a planning committee, or a group of volunteers. More specifically, the capabilities you’ll need are specific skills and talents that people bring to the table. For example, you may need someone who has customer service experience or a friendly demeanor to handle the registration table at your 5K. Or you may determine that you need a great promoter to help spread the word about your gala and invite the right people. And while you definitely want the right people on your team with the right skills, having a group of “super stars” is not enough. Each of the capabilities need to work together and collaborate in the right way. Determining these capabilities will help you choose the proper actions that are needed as you prepare and plan for your fundraising event. If you know you need to spread the word and get people to register for your event, then you would know you need someone with the capability of mobilizing, encouraging, and marketing. This will then lead you to build the right team and lead your team to plan how they’re going to get people to attend. Use the following questions to get you on the right track of determining the necessary capabilities: How are we going to spread the word? >> We need a promoter or someone in charge of posting flyers, making calls, inviting individuals What marketing or promotional materials do we need? >> We need someone with design skills to create flyers or handouts, make a Facebook event or social media graphic How will people register or sign up? >> We need a team member who has basic knowledge of creating landing pages, sign up forms, accepting payments, etc. How are we going to pay for upfront costs? >> We need someone who is passionate and outgoing, perhaps with a sales background, to approach businesses or individuals to sponsor the event Who will help ensure the event runs smoothly? >> We need a coordinator who can manage volunteers. These people need to be friendly, approachable, flexible, available, and great representatives of the cause. These are just some of the questions that you should be considering that will help you plan effectively. What other capabilities do you think you may need? Comment below to share your insights…   This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen, a staff member at Shaping Destiny who is heavily involved in fundraising and advocating on behalf of the orphans and families they...

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The One Thing I Want to Teach My Kids Before I Die

Posted by on July 10, 2017 in Orphan Care | 0 comments

When it comes to raising and working with children, it’s important to think about priorities. None of us are going to live forever and what we teach our children (biological or not) will leave a lasting legacy. In this post, Dr. Kenneth Acha talks about one thing he would teach his children before he dies. We are all dying, even if one is in complete health right now. We are born dying. From the cradle to the grave, each second that passes puts us closer to our graves. That has to get us thinking about the future. Since anybody can die at any time, I’ve asked myself: What is the one thing, just one thing, that I want to make sure I leave for my kids before I die? Read...

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Teaching Your Children Respect

Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Orphan Care | 0 comments

Training up a child is hard work and takes a lot of planning, praying, and intentionality. It may be easy to teach children when or how to do something tangible like chores, school work, or self-care. But what about some of the more internal skills like honesty, gratitude, or respect? In this blog post, Dr. Kenneth Acha talks about teaching children respect and some key secrets that will help you along the way. What does it mean to show respect?  Who is worthy of respect?  And how does a child learn to show it? As parents, we want our children to learn our values.  Sometimes we struggle to figure out how, exactly, to do that.  We might try to explain what we believe in, or instruct children how to behave, but ultimately, it is what we do that often has the greatest impact on children.  They watch us.  And they see everything…even the things we wish they didn’t notice us doing. So what about respect?  How can a parent teach a child respect? Read...

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Hosting a Fundraising Event – How Will You Succeed?

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Leadership | 0 comments

Now we’re at the 3rd step in the strategy planning of the fundraising event you’re hosting. So far we’ve covered: Determining the goal of your event Planning where you will “step up” or “play” Now, we’re going to talk about how to succeed or “win” in the area you have chosen to set up Considering and planning how you will succeed is so important in order to set you up for triumph. Just like determining your goal helps you head in the right direction, knowing how you want to succeed will help you choose wisely and hopefully foresee pitfalls. For example, in our world there is nothing new under the sun. People everywhere are thinking, planning, or aspiring to do similar things. This is true in the for-profit world as well as in the non-profit. Competition is obvious and a natural part of life and this is true for your fundraising events as well. Deciding how you will win means considering what other possible competitions you’ll face and how you’ll overcome them. All of these considerations are not simply based on dreams or random thoughts…not even fears. These considerations and strategies need to conform to the truth of the situation – the research done, the advice given, the insights obtained. Deciding how you will succeed or win includes considerations such as: What could be some possible competition? Is there another similar event in the area? What are other similar organizations, ministries, individuals doing that you just can’t compete with? What advantage do you have? What sets you apart? Do you serve a certain people group? Do you have a special connection in the community or to someone influential? Why would someone want to donate or participate in your event rather than others? Based on your goal, what does success look like for you and your event? How did Shaping Destiny apply this strategy to their Frisbee for the Fatherless event? Based on their size, bandwidth, and focus they decided to host a sport event that is not only popular, but uncommon to have open games. Not only does this cut out a lot of competition (not many others are doing it), it also appeals to young adults in the Austin area and allows exposure to both the mission and program of Shaping Destiny. They directed this years tournament to make it as personal as possible between the Ultimate Frisbee players and the children they serve in Cameroon. Each team is matched with a child and then is playing for, fundraising, and acting as advocates on behalf of that child – that’s a unique format and sets this tournament apart! For them, success is not seen in general funds donated but in children sponsored by the teams participating. They use language, metrics, and inspiration through emails blasts and campaigns to spread the passion and motive behind this event that is focused completely on connecting the players with the children they serve. Check out the peer to peer fundraising platform that Shaping Destiny is using to track the success, easily allow participants to share the campaign, and personalize it. Notice, the children are the focus…not the funds alone. THIS is what success looks like to them. This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen, a staff member at Shaping Destiny who is heavily involved...

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One Key to Enhancing Your Performance in Anything You Do

Posted by on June 19, 2017 in Leadership | 0 comments

Sometimes when ministering to the poor, the needy, and the orphan we can unconsciously become complacent and comfortable with the status quo. You have enough going on already…how can you possibly handle anything else? However, if you’re not careful in this world that is every changing, you will fall behind and never reach your full potential. In this blog post, Dr. Kenneth Acha talks about one key thing that can enhance your performance in anything – especially caring for others. What has worked for you in the past, and currently works for you today, may not be able to take you to the next level of your success or performance. Recently, I was working with a group of highly successful people who wanted to improve their performance but were having difficulty. I quickly realized that their approach was a big part of the problem. The paradigm they were using was not the best for the goals they wanted to accomplish. Read...

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Hosting a Fundraising Event – Where Will You Set Up?

Posted by on June 12, 2017 in Leadership | 0 comments

If you’re following this blog series, we’re at step 2 in how to host a fundraising event: Where will you set up? This question of strategy guides you to determine the details of your event – both what you will and what you won’t do. It’s so important to know your target audience, determine the best time of the year to hold your event, and determine what the event will be that appeals to the demographics and interest. For example, if you were planning to hold an event in the middle city, you wouldn’t want to host an athletic event or something that requires a lot of open space. If your target audience was men, it wouldn’t make sense for you to hold a fashion show benefit. Determining where you will set up is more than just physical location though. It involves other aspects such as: What type of event? Location? What people group or demographics are you targeting? What date and time? What or who is your potential competition? (Are their other similar events being held at the same time of year, in the same area, or even for similar causes? Try to think of an event that is different and that will help you stand out!) What will you not do? (Knowing where you will focus is key! You can’t do it all…at least not at first. Allow yourself room to grow in the future, so write down your dreams but don’t push yourself to do it all the first time around) This second step will help you avoid wasting your time, energy, resources. As you continue laying the ground work, determining where you will set up will allow you to keep focus and work in one direction. See how Shaping Destiny is doing it with Frisbee for the Fatherless 2017 They are hosting an Ultimate Frisbee event at a local sports park in a residential area There is plenty of room, renting the fields were affordable, and it is in a well known area Ultimate Frisbee is popular in Austin and while there are small league that run throughout the year, they are typically among friends and only known via word of mouth. This event is one of the few that are open to the public and advertised throughout the city — this means very little competition! Their target audience is young adults (both men and women) between the ages of 18-35. They keep this in mind with the graphic designs, the language, the prizes, the sponsorship appeals (find out more about this in a future post), etc. They are specific about sticking to Ultimate Frisbee. They aren’t doing much more than that right now. In the future, they may want to make it more family friendly with activities and booths but right now it is strictly the game. Find out more about how they set up their event   This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen, a staff member at Shaping Destiny who is heavily involved in fundraising and advocating on behalf of the orphans and families they...

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How to Coach Someone

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in Leadership | 0 comments

Watch this video by Dan Rockwell where he shares the 7 steps to coaching that he uses with his clients. Use these skills when working with your team members, staff, or older children in your program.

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Hosting a Fundraising Event – What’s Your Goal?

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Orphan Care | 1 comment

The first step in planning anything – whether that is an event, an organization, a relationship – is to determine what the end goal or winning aspiration is. After all, how will you know that you’ve succeeded unless you know what you’re aiming for? If you don’t have a goal, you won’t know how to make plans to achieve that goal and it will be easy to get distracted along the way. And don’t just set out to exist – set out to win! Thinking about what “winning” looks like for you will lay the foundation for all other strategy steps in the planning process. Your goal/winning aspiration should include things like: Mission A clear, broad, and brief statement of what your event does or will be doing Focuses on reason for existence   Vision Dr. Kenneth Acha’s definition – “an inspiring, vivid, and beautiful mental image of how the mission plays out at a specific time in the future. It is inspired by God and based on an accurate understanding of truth, yourself, and your context.” Focuses on where you see this event going   Purpose Why are you holding this event? What is driving you? What is the need behind this event? To better illustration these tips, let’s look at Shaping Destiny’s mission, vision, and purpose for their annual Frisbee for the Fatherless Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Mission – To inspire and empower the local community to change a child’s life   Vision – We see this event being held each year to gather the community together and give them a chance for fun and friendly competition where a sport they enjoy can be used to make a huge difference in the lives of the orphans in our program. This event will grow in popularity and hundreds from the surrounding areas will come to participate and learn how they can make an impact in a child’s life. Each team will be matched with a child in our program that they will play in honor of, raise funds for, and support for at least 1 year through the donations raised. By learning this specific child’s story, the team members will be inspired to reach out and help those in need and by sharing the event with others and asking friends or family to donate, they will be continuing to spread awareness and inspiration.We see this event growing to perhaps be a 2-day event, with food trucks that come out, booths for other local businesses, and family friendly activities for others who aren’t playing in the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. We see businesses and sponsors to get involved so we can continue to expand this event and give away prizes or awards for teams/players who go above and beyond to help our children. We dream of having a huge banquet after the event to celebrate the success and give all the participants a chance to hear more about Shaping Destiny and how their contributions are making a difference in Cameroon.   Purpose – To hold a fun event where we have a platform to raise orphan care awareness, gain child sponsors, and mobilize the community to make a difference in a child’s life through sponsorship As you begin the early planning stages (or dreams) of your own fundraising event, be sure you start with determining a big and strong winning aspiration...

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New Blog Series – Hosting a Fundraising Event

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Orphan Care | 0 comments

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog site, you must have a heart for orphans. Maybe you just came back from a short term trip that changed your life and you don’t know what to do with this new-found passion. Perhaps you have a dream of starting an orphan care ministry, nonprofit, or center. Or you could just want to find out more about what it takes to help needy children. Wherever you are in this process, whatever your dream is, we want to help equip you and teach you from our own experience or the experience of other ministries who are actively caring for orphans. A common question we get is how do I fund my ministry? While most nonprofits run on generous donations from individuals or businesses, many people don’t know how to host a fundraising event that can draw in these donors. Fundraising is complex part of the nonprofit sector, but holding annual events can be a great and easy way to get your feet wet in this area. We’re about to start a blog series, Hosting a Fundraising Event, that teaches basic tips for hosting fundraisers, benefits, and fundraising events. We’ll use practical examples of how one orphan care nonprofit is getting it done…right now! This blog series will follow Shaping Destiny, a orphan care nonprofit ministry that cares for orphans in Cameroon, Africa. They are gearing up for their 3rd annual Ultimate Frisbee for the Fatherless fundraising and advocating event this August that has raised thousands of dollars in the past years and brought out over 100 people in support. Through these tips and examples, we hope you will learn and be empowered to go and host your own fundraising event. You will be able to ask questions, leave comments, and even participate in the Frisbee for the Fatherless event if you’re located in the Austin, TX area and want to get hands-on exposure for yourself. Stay tuned for this blog series that will start Monday, May 29th and continue every couple weeks over the next few months. Come and learn, ask questions, and be inspired! This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen, a staff member at Shaping Destiny who is heavily involved in fundraising and advocating on behalf of the orphans and families they...

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Learn What it Takes to Start an Orphanage in Only 8 Weeks

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Orphan Care, Orphanage | 11 comments

Thousands of people like you come to our website each month with one question: “How do I start an orphanage?” Up until now, it’s been difficult for us to answer this question because starting an orphanage is not something you can teach in one article or phone conversation. It’s way more complicated than that. Now, that difficulty is solved. In collaboration with Austin Bible Institute, Dr. Kenneth Acha is teaching an eight-week introductory course on how to start an orphanage. In this course, he teaches you how to go from your dream to successfully launching your own orphanage. He also introduces you to other essential courses at Austin Bible Institute that you can take to further prepare yourself to achieve your goal of running an orphanage or orphan care organization effectively. The journey to effective orphan care is not easy and you would take a lot more training beyond this course to be effective. However, this course lays a great foundation and gets you started on the journey of learning and growing into an effective and safe orphan care worker and advocate. Click here to see the course page >> This amazing course is offered about once a year.  Spots are limited, so register as soon as you can if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Dr. Kenneth has also arranged with Austin Bible Institute to offer a $100 scholarship to each of the first 5 students who register each year and cite this article. ** This course is offered online. You don’t need to move to Austin to take it. Click here to see the course page...

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