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Managing a Fundraiser
"Day of the Event" Emergency Kit
by Deane Brengle
You may think that I am going to talk about emergency first aid kits. You may also be thinking - DUH! Does he think I'm that stupid? Of course we will have an emergency first aid kit at our nonprofit event.
Surprise! What I'm talking about today is an emergency kit for your event, not the people that attend it.
An amazing amount of things can and will go wrong during your nonprofit event. You know - Murphy's Law. So it only makes good sense to anticipate those potential glitches and be prepared for them.
Do yourself a giant favor and prepare a "Day of the Event" emergency kit before your nonprofit event. You will be amazed at the effect it will have on you. You will sleep better the night before your event. You will also approach your event with more confidence knowing you can handle any emergency Mr. Murphy can throw at you.
While your event may require some specialized items, consider these basic items for your event emergency kit:
If your nonprofit regularly holds events this kit should be permanent. Keep it boxed up and ready to go.
If you don't hold events very often, or can't afford to create a permanent kit, just keep your "Day of the Event" emergency kit checklist handy and compile your kit for each event.
OK, don't thank me now. But think of me when your event emergency kit saves you from an embarrassing or event stopping moment. And then pat yourself on the back for thinking ahead. Because Mr. Murphy gets an invitation to every nonprofit event!
About the Author:
Deane Brengle writes for several free online publications that cover fundraising for small nonprofit groups. You can visit these publications and read more about fundraising in articles by him and other experts in the field at The Fund$Raiser Cyberzine, The Fundraising for Small Groups Newsletter, and Fundraising Booklets.
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