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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees

Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees: 4 Tactics to Try

Of course you want to provide an exceptional experience for ALL of your conference attendees, but ensuring that happens for your first-time attendees is particularly important. Their decision to attend future events (and possibly even renew their membership) depends heavily on that first experience, so going the extra mile for those folks, in particular, is certainly worth it.

What does “going the extra mile” for your first-time attendees look like? Here are a few tactics worth trying:

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[Guest Post] 50 Fundraising Ideas for Associations

Posted by Colleen Bottorff

50 fundraising tips for associations

This post was originally written by Alex McCandless at Payscape.

While typically for a good cause, fundraising and donation gathering can be quite the task. But the efforts and long hours put in pay off in the long run!

Did you know...

  • Organizations that actively use crowdfunding techniques average over $50,000 in annual contributions?
  • The average one-time gift to a nonprofit is $82?
  • For every 1,000 web visitors, a nonprofit with online donation capabilities raises $612?

If these quick stats aren’t enough to get you pumped for crowdsourcing success, take a look at these 50 fundraising ideas to help get the creative donation juices flowing!

(And note: If lack of time is your biggest issue when it comes to creating and implementing a non-dues revenue strategy, put technology to work! Consider entering into a revenue-share agreement that both you and your members can benefit from. More about that here.)


Charge admission to fun events and gatherings:

1. Movie night
2. Carnival
3. Pool party
4. Haunted house
5. Talent show
6. Pancake breakfast
7. Spaghetti dinner
8. Game night party
9. Corn maze
10. Scavenger hunt

Sell goods and services:

Bake sale
12. Car wash
13. Dog wash
14. Candy-grams
15. Popcorn (or other treat) sales

Ask individuals and local businesses to sponsor and donate:

16. Charity run
17. Viral online challenge
18. Competitive eating contest
19. Watermelon drop
20. Pie toss
21. Walk-a-thon
22. 24 or 12-hr dance marathon
23. Read-a-thon
24. Swim-a-thon
25. Local restaurant proceeds


Charge for attendance to casual evening and weekend events:

26. Bar crawl
27. Yoga
28. Sports game outing
29. Wine and painting
30. Comedy Night
31. Karaoke Night
32. Adult Field Day
33. Brews and Bowling
34. Wine Tasting

Solicit individual and business sponsorship for contests:

35. Poker Tournament
36. Golf/Volleyball/Kickball/Softball Tournament
37. Beer Olympics
38. Chili Cook-Off
39. Triathlon
40. FitBit Challenge
41. No-Shave November

Let employees pay for a chance to win work perks:

42. Casual dress day
43. Premium Work Parking Pass
44. Extra PTO Day
45. Bring-Your-Pet-To-Work Day

Host high-caliber, high-energy events:

46. Silent Auction
47. Battle of the Bands
48. Silent Disco
49. Casino Night
50. Fashion Show

Generating non-dues revenue - such as fundraising and donations - can be a consistent pain for any member-based organization. What if you could set and forget a non-dues revenue channel that happens to also act as a member benefit?

Payscape’s Affiliate Partner Program is a revenue-share agreement that allows associations and chambers to offer financial technology to their members. Connect your members with Payscape, and enjoy a steady stream of non-dues revenue!

Click below to learn more about this is an exclusive opportunity for MemberClicks customers. (And to see how you can get two complimentary registrations for MC LIVE!)

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