An in-person conference is more expensive than a virtual one, with event expenses paid by registration, travel, and lodging. Here are four categories of different tips and tricks to successfully fundraise for AIAS National Conferences: general tips and tricks, sponsorship and donations, fundraising ideas from chapters, and Ask the Finance Committee
General Fundraising Tips and Strategies
In this section, we’ll list out some successful strategies and insightful articles that are timeless to good fundraising best practices.
- Strategy 1: Check out this article Working at Scale that goes into different levels
- Strategy 2: Grassroots method (no pun intended)
- Strategy 3: Teamwork makes the dream work
- Strategy 4: Working Backwards
Read HERE for more details on each strategy.
In this section, we’ll briefly go over the three main parts of getting sponsorship: Where to Build A Network, Whom to Ask, and Ways to Ask.
Where to start building connections to then ask
Pro Tip: Start attending events and programming throughout the year to maximize your network
Who to ask
Pro Tip: Create and maintain a donor database of alumni, sponsors, and board members that brought them in to track throughout the years who to ask
Ways to ask
Pro Tip: Check out the AIAS Chapter Starter Pack : AIAS Chapter Request & Proposal Templates, which has examples of how other chapters have requested funding, sponsorship, time off, etc.
Read HERE for more details and steps on sponsorship.
Fundraiser Ideas From Other Chapters
In this section, you’ll find a list of successful fundraising events chapters have hosted over the years. This range is from direct fundraising events to fun activities that raised a good amount of funds. The top three categories and some highlights:
- Napkin Sketch
- Scavenger Hunt
- Design competitions for merchandise and then sell merchandise
- Cookout/Potluck/Cooking Competition
- Beaux Arts Ball with invitations to professionals, faculty, and students
- Materials Drive to sell off unused tools and materials (especially from students who are graduating)
- Sponsored Lecture Series
- Local Architecture Tours
- Visiting local AIA components to show interest in return for sponsorship
For more details on each category, look HERE.
Ask the Finance Committee!
Over the years the AIAS Finance Committee has put together Council of Treasurers events that go over fundraising, sponsorship, and donation strategies. Check out these recap posts for more details and hear directly from the Committee:
The Committee would love to hear from you and provide support! Reach out for more information or discuss any ideas with our Finance Committee at email@example.com!