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Using Harness for Fundraising Events
Using Harness for Fundraising Events

How to use Harness's campaigns, giving forms & impact amounts to collect funds for event raffles, ticket sales & sponsorships.

Megan Carlson Kladakis avatar
Written by Megan Carlson Kladakis
Updated over a week ago

Whether you're hosting an event for the first time or you're well into planning your 50th anniversary annual event, we understand your goal is to increase as much engagement and funds as possible! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Providing your donors the ability to engage & give in multiple ways increases the opportunity for you to receive funds and build relationships with new donors.

Check out our NEW Events & Tickets feature just launched September 2022! โญ๐Ÿคฉ

HARNESS EVENT FUNDRAISING OPTIONS:
Tutorial Video

  • Sponsorship Sales

  • Ticket Sales

  • Raffle Ticket Sales

  • Free Registrations

HARNESS EVENT FUNDRAISING TOOLS:

GENERAL DONATIONS

How To ๐Ÿšง

  1. Create a campaign
    From Campaigns > + Add New. This is the "funding bucket" that allows you to easily track/distinguish donations received during/because of this event vs other campaigns/unrestricted funds.

  2. Create a giving form
    From Fundraising > Giving Forms create a NEW giving form (we recommend you title it the same name as your campaign for easy internal reference). Actions > Edit > Donation > Campaigns > toggle OFF "All Campaigns" & toggle ON only this campaign you want to appear.

  3. Create impact amounts
    From Giving Forms > Impact Amounts, create the impacts for each gift amount & type. (Example: $50 = provides safe shelter for 1 night.) Return to your giving form & turn ON these impacts - Actions > Edit > Donation > One-Time/Monthly toggle ON the impacts you want to appear for that giving form > Save.

  4. Connect campaign + checkout
    From Campaigns > identify the campaign. Options > Edit > Advanced Options > Checkout > Choose the correct/corresponding checkout > Save.

  5. Share your campaign
    Simply copy & paste either your campaign page link (Campaigns > Options > Campaign Page) or giving form page link (Fundraise > Giving Forms > Select the correct giving form) into your emails, social media posts, etc. so donors can click & give! ๐Ÿ’ช

AUCTION

As Harness does not currently offer any live or silent auction functionality, we recommend considering Qtego (Greg, [email protected]) as they have a robust list of event offerings.

PLEDGES

We're excited to help you acquire donations TODAY! As pledges are "promised payments" for the future (that can be delayed, downgraded, or unfulfilled altogether), we recommend you encourage your donors to give a gift TODAY in lieu of a promised gift in the future.

For example, if a donor wants to pledge a one-time, $1,200 gift, we recommend they give $100/mo instead. **PRO TIP: Monthly donors have a lifetime value 5x GREATER than a one-time donor.

If you need to collect pledge information from donors, we recommend using a 3rd party tool like JotForm or GoogleForm (click here to see the difference & click here for a partner example/sample). *Please note, these 3rd party tools do NOT integrate with Harness's platform.

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