The need for instant gratification runs deep everywhere. Fast food restaurants have thrived on this principle. No one is willing to wait very long for anything these days. Since the expectations of people have changed, we need to be sensitive to this at charity events. Thanking your donors after the charity event may not be the best way to fill this need.
Consider this human desire while planning your fundraising event. Providing some means of instant gratifications (of fun or appreciation) throughout your charity event might be a good idea. For example, when someone buys a ticket to your event, donates money, or purchases a corporate table offer a special, unique, or homemade item that is given to the recipient. It may be as simple as a card. You could give a token of your gratefulness, such as a magnet of a star to hang on their refrigerator that says, “You are the star that makes this event shine.”
If you are planning a fun charity event and wanting something more exciting, consider this idea. When the nonprofit volunteers solicit tickets to your event, willing volunteers can offer to be hit with a water balloon if they purchase the tickets. If not done in person, take a digital picture or video of the balloon splashing incident and send it to them. Your event may display the message, “Thanks for making a splash for the [your charity event name].”
You can even add this slogan to promotional items at your charity event, T-shirts, the balloons, etc. At your charity auction, guests could view a slide show of the water balloon hits, with fun, appropriate background music, so they could see who was hit with the most water balloons and keep a tally. This could really capture something unique at your fundraising event. Think about how you can instantly show your gratefulness for the support of your event and think fun!