Most nonprofit organizations host fundraising events at least once every year. We have noticed that nonprofits turn more and more towards having a well-known speaker or entertainer at their event.
We have talked about the importance of fundraising entertainment several times in the past. In this article, we will take this further and tell you how to get a celebrity for your event.
Let’s get started.
- Make A List Of Criteria
First of all, you need to write down a few important things that are going to determine whom you are going to need as a celebrity.
Think about who your audience is. Are they younger people or are they older? Your guest needs to appeal to your audience. Otherwise, it is going to be a major fail.
Then, think about your organization and what it stands for. The celebrity you are going to end up inviting needs to be a stretch for your organization. Ideally, they would have to stand for the same causes as you do.
- Do Your Research
Now that you one what type of celebrity you are going to need for your fundraising event, it is time do your research.
Check online to see whether there are celebrities who attended other fundraising events which are similar to yours. Then, make a list of 3-5 possible speakers of entertainers that you can invite.
- Think About The Approach
This is the tricky part. Be sensitive to the fact that they are a celebrity, so it is important to respect their privacy. Also, you should not expect for them to answer to your email or private message on a social media platform.
You need to think about a different kind of approach. It is always a good idea to be prepared and come up with a couple of various ideas on how you can contact them.
The message needs to be appealing enough so that they will want to come to your event.
You can try emailing and telling them what your event is all about and do a couple of follow-ups. Then, you can also send them a message either in private or at one of their posts on social media about the email you just sent.
- Every Little Bit Helps
Every connection that you have or that your connection can get you closer to reaching the desired celebrity.
That way, if you do not get any response using the traditional channels, you can use a connection to get in touch with them. If someone recommends you to them, they will be even more willing to be the star of your event.