Are third party fundraising events hazardous to your health?
In this week’s episode, you’re going to benefit from mistakes made by others.
When people approach your organization with big dreams of helping you raise money by throwing an event in your name, or wanting to partner with you for an event, what usually happens?
Does it ever live up to your expectations?
Does it zap your staff’s time and resources for little or no reward?
Does it put your organization’s reputation at risk?
Does it open up your organization to lawsuits, or a visit from the IRS?
In today’s video, Esmeralda Salazar from Hopelink talks about how and why they started putting together a policy for third party fundraising events. She walks you through the thinking behind some of the key areas they address in their policy. Their policy has saved them lots of grief and has helped to strengthen relationships with the people who want to help them raise funds.
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Christopher Davenport says
If you have any stories or advice on creating policies, please share them in a comment box. Your nonprofit friends will appreciate it. Thanks. 🙂
Debra Holland says
Esmeralda does a superb job of describing how charities can have some control over well-intentioned donors by giving them a roadmap. The roadmap details what expectations are and, in the end, the clear instructions will save time and energy for nonprofits. Bravo!
Is it possible to get a copy of the Hopelink 3rd party fundraiser policy?
Sheryl Ray, CFRE
Melinda Larson says
I agree that Esmeralda did a GREAT job with her comments! Thank you! I would also be interested in receiving a copy of Hopelink’s 3rd party fundraiser policy if they decide they are open to sharing it.
Chuck Klyber says
Would welcome a copy of Hopelink’s 3rd party fundraising policy….we have a 7,000 attendance event coming up for Veterans in 2014, we have several such offers, your policy would be invaluable
Chuck Klyber, Fundraising Chairman
2276 E. Reservoir Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Leigh Finner says
Bravo! A wonderful presentation and very helpful. Thank you Chris and Esmeralda!
Rickesh Lakhani says
Great video – thanks to Esmerelda and as always to Chris for the platform to spread the word!
Here is a copy of our organization’s third party policy, and an application form we ask people/companies to fill out. http://york.unitedway.ca/events/third-party-events/
We only put this up last year and are looking to continually refine so it’s clear where we can and cannot provide support.
What I am always conscious of is having a discussion that doesn’t squash the spirit of what the person or company is trying to do. That is important when you have people that want to help. I find it helps to explore and find out what they are trying to accomplish, and then present ideas that would work for all parties – this can help hedge some of the issues early on. However, a clear third-party event policy is always good at setting boundaries and guidelines up front!
Great point by Debra – we can never forget the good intentions of those who want to support us!
Molly Philosophos says
Can I please get a copy of the policy
Minta Crafts says
Thank you Chris and Esmerelda! I found the UBTI particularly interesting and am now digging deeper. I, too, would love to view Hopelink’s policy. And also wonder if there’s anyone out there that has a sample contract for third party events that they might be willing to share share with this community. Cheers!
Esmeralda (Ezzy) Salazar says
I appreciate everyone’s feedback and would love to see some of you at the NDOA winter conference! Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the policy. Part of the reason we wanted to present at the conference was to hear what other organization’s experiences are. This policy is not a one-size-fits all…by any means. I look forward to further dialogue about this and perhaps establishing a network of other professionals who are interested in this issue.
Adrienne Schaffer says
Thank you Ezzy for offering to share your policy for Third Party Events. Please e-mail email@example.com.
Yes, offers of this kind seem easy, but so much is entailed in the effort. Thanks again.
Robyn Tanke says
I just subscribed to Movie Monday’s and this is the first movie I received. So timely! We just determined at our recent staff retreat that we needed a 3rd party “tool kit” and policy. We are a CMNH hospital and get dozens of requests. Great Job Esmerelda and crew. I would be so grateful to get a copy of the policy to use as a guide in creating ours. Well done.
Marie Underdown says
The video was extremely information and the speaker was clear in message and her speaking. However, I wonder if I could get a copy of their policy?