Our team is dedicated to making your party a great success. Use these best practices to help guide your party planning, and feel free to reach out with questions and creative ideas.
We’re in this together!
We Can Support You By:
- Designing templates for print and digital invitations
- Tracking and collecting your donations online
- Sending a representative to speak to your group
- Providing promotional giveaways, informational materials, and videos
Parties can be as traditional or outrageous as you want! Consider hosting in your home or choosing a special venue for the event. Don’t forget to set a goal — we’ve found that our most successful hosts have a fundraising goal in mind. Remember, no matter the size of the contribution, every dollar you raise will make a tremendous impact.
Birthday: Why not make your next birthday celebration a benefit for Planned Parenthood? In lieu of gifts, ask your guests to make a donation in your honor.
Affinity Groups. Are you a member of a book club? Knitting group? Do you host a rotating dinner party? Use an existing event as an opportunity to engage your friends with an issue that matters to you! Incorporate Planned Parenthood into your next meeting to increaseawareness and raise money.
Mother/Daughter Events. Partner with your mom — or your daughter — to share why Planned Parenthood matters to you. 1 in 5 women have relied on Planned Parenthood services in their life, so it’s a good bet that someone you know has a story to tell, too.
Pick an Action. In addition to giving donations, you can encourage your guests to take action. Make rally signs together. Ask people to sign-up to volunteer or to write out their testimony on an issue or piece of legislation. We can even help you train your guests on how to give public testimony.
Inviting Your Guests
Parties with 10 to 30 guests tend to be the most successful, but do what works for you. Decide how many people you can host — and then invite a few more in case of cancellations.
What’s the best way to get the word out? Printed invitations work well for more formal events, but emails and e-invites are just as thoughtful and give your guests a chance to RSVP immediately. Use your social media channels to spread the word, and tag Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island (@ppvotesri).
Set an RSVP deadline so your guests know when to respond. That will help you plan food and activities in advance. You can expand your network by appointing a co-host. Ask a friend or two to help coordinate the party and invite their friends, too!
Asking Made Easy
Asking for donations might seem daunting, but it’s easier than you think. Your guests care about you, so theyprobably care about causes important to you — now, you’re giving them the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way. What’s the number one reason someone hasn’t donated? They’ve never been asked! Here are a few helpful tips:
Share your goal. When inviting your guests, let them know that you’re hosting a party to raise money to support Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut. That way, they know what to expect! (If asked, you can let people know that they can donate by cash, check, or credit card at the event). If you share your goal in advance, everyone becomes part of the success!