Whether you wish to be on the organisation side or raising money for events, these charity jobs are not for everyone. Yes events can be a lot of fun but to organise one takes enormous energy, skill, excellent organisational ability, a little bit of luck and a “what if” mentality.
Planning for what might go wrong is an essential element of organising an event
As for fundraising. This is a hugely competitive area. Companies are approached all the time for sponsorship and HNWI in particular are approached to attend dinners nearly everyday. Having a long lead in time is essential. At least a year is needed and then work back from that point.
Whether you are on the organisation or fundraising side getting it right is crucial. If the event fails to impress, it could affect future donations and support.
If you have the basic skills such as organisational ability, planning skills, strong leadership but lack events experience, the best way to get the necessary hands-on experience is probably through volunteering. In London this is going to be easier as there will be numerous events of all sizes in the capital, but where ever you live there is likely to be a charity organising an event you could help out on. This will give you a taste of what its really like and will give you the experience charities will be looking for.
Planning is everything when it comes to events. They normally start with a detailed Gantt chart and then the work begins. The months leading up to the event may start off slowly but as you get closer your days will get longer and your stress levels increase. The key is making sure you know that everything that you are responsible for is being done in a timely fashion and that you have an eye on everything you are not responsible for, to ensure the event is a huge success.
Although charity events organising is hard work and is by no means an easy option, the rewards of personal achievement when you see a successful event happening is a great feeling. If you are new to the sector its always best to start off on a low profile small event to build confidence before striving out on mega balls or adventure expeditions.
If you need any advice on this area please feel free to contact John Abbey at Abbey Solutions who can put you in touch with experienced freelance charity event organisers firstname.lastname@example.org