Create an Event
From bake sales and dinner parties to golf tournaments and 5K runs, fundraising events come in all shapes and sizes. But whether simple or elaborate, each event is valuable and unique because of the personal touch and dedication of the volunteers.
We at Kennedy Krieger Institute are fortunate to have families, businesses, and organizations throughout the country actively supporting the Institute by coordinating third-party events. These fundraising events are brainstormed, managed, and executed entirely by volunteers hoping to benefit the 18,000 children and families who walk through our doors each year. The incredible individuals and groups who organize these events commit to underwriting all related costs, recruiting volunteers, creating publicity materials, and producing the actual event. In doing so, critically-needed funds are raised for Kennedy Krieger, helping to keep expenses low so that every dollar raised goes directly to research, patient care, special education, and community programs at the Institute.
Tips for Successful Events
- Kennedy Krieger Institute’s approval: Once you know what type of event you would like to organize, fill out our Third Party Events Proposal Form. Permission is required in order to execute your special event using the Kennedy Krieger name and/or Logo.
- Form a planning committee: The success of any special event is increased by the enthusiasm and dedication of the people who plan and organize it. Create a planning committee that has enough members to share the work and represents a variety of skills.
- Use your imagination: When braining storming no event is too small or too big. Use the internet to come up with some idea.
- Set a budget: Keeping your costs down will generate a bigger profit for your event. When possible, try to have things donated. Have a realistic and measurable financial goal.
- Create a timeline: This will be a place you can refer to so that you know things are getting done in a timely manner. Leave enough time for Kennedy Krieger to review all printed material.
- Make sure you have the “right” event: The type of event you choose should fit the size, interest, talents, goals, and time availability of your group.
- Schedule the event: Look at community/ school calendars. Schedule the event for a time and location that is appropriate and convenient for those who will be attending.
- Publicity and promotion: These are key to a successful event and remember you can never over promote an event. Remember all promotional materials need to be approved Kennedy Krieger.
- Collect the funds: Be sure to indicate which percentage of the sale is tax deductible. We can help you with this. We ask that funds be forwarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute within 30 days after the event. Please allow four weeks from that date for tax receipts to be issued.
- Thank you, Thank, you, Thank you: Make sure to thank anyone who has helped with your event and in a timely manner. It’s also a good idea to report how much money was raised.
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