Eventology: The Science Behind Nonprofit Fundraising

In Eventology: The Science Behind Nonprofit Fundraising, Darren Diess and Michelle Gilmore skillfully combine the art, science, and math of event fundraising to create a comprehensive resource guide to help you flawlessly execute a successful fundraising event, further your mission, and build long-term donor relationships that equate to sustainability for your cause.

To learn more about how Darren and Michelle, with their fundraising team, can support your organization with event planning, fundraising strategy, or planning-to-completion execution, simply fill out the Quick Contact form below. We look forward to helping you do "more good".
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Sharing Knowledge
Sharing Knowledge

Exchange ideas with other non-profits, & let us teach you new & innovative fundraising techniques in our Eventology Workshops.

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Donor Engagement
Donor Engagement

To maximize fundraising results, we believe that effective donor engagement is an important part of your live auction event.

About Strategic Fundraising Advisors

Strategic Fundraising Advisors combines scientifically proven methods, with creative collaboration, to help organizations elevate fundraising to the next level. We offer workshops, board training, Webinars and one-on-one counseling, along with state-of-the-art tools and apps for event planning and donation collection. Our team includes seasoned industry professionals, with a long track record of success: development officers, board executives, grant gurus, accountants, data managers and licensed auctioneers. When you are looking for new ideas and a way to inject your event with vibrant energy, these are the movers and shakers you want on your team!

Pluck the heartstrings to open the purse strings... A successful fundraiser is an emotional outpouring of love, empathy and giving, born out of inspired vision and a deep desire to help. Making people feel great inspires them to do great things. When you make people FEEL your mission, you will win!

Our Guarantee: We are so confident of our ability to raise your event revenue by 30% to 50%, we guarantee it! Whether your event is a gala, golf tournament, or 10K race, we can show you how to drive donations up. Let us show you the secrets behind the most successful organizations. Invite our experts into your planning process, and begin laying the groundwork for success today. Give us a call today at (619) 990-8871 to schedule a free 1 hour consultation. No obligation.

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Our Services

Because Strategic Fundraising Advisors is committed to the long-term success of your Non-Profit's fundraising, we offer a full range of advisory and event-related services including education workshops, event planning, complete event management and post-event reporting and analysis.

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Hire a Benefit Auction Consultant

There is no subsititute for pre-auction planning and consulting to give your event the greatest chance for success. Consulting with a Benefit Auction professional will ensure that revenues are maximized, and event processes are optimized for greatest efficiency.

Working closely with your Non-Profit, our fundraising and auction advising team will start well in advance of the event to come up with new and innovative revenue ideas, methods to increase donor engagement, ways to add energy, excitement and fun to your event and strategies to promote long-term relationships with your donors.

Our goal is to forge solid, ongoing relationships with our Non-Profit clients. Combining educational workshops with our one-on-one fundraising advisor, auctioneering and event management services will maximize the potential of your organization to achieve and exceed its goals each and every year going forward.

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Our Videos

2022 Strategic Fundraising Advisors Event Clip
Invite Donors, Not Guests
Choosing Auction Items
Thank Your Donors
GSO-SDSF Winter Gala 2020 - Amount Raised
GSO-SDSF Winter Gala 2020 - Entertainment
GSO-SDSF Winter Gala 2020 Recap

Our Testimonials

"I am working on my second event with Darren and I would not want to do another one without him on my team. Last year he helped us create the most successful fundraising event ever, raising more money than we ever thought we could. He will go above and beyond your expectations. He is knowledgeable and has such innovative ideas in all areas of fundraising."
L. Adams

"Darren, Thank you! Your attention to detail and the amount of time you put towards getting to know your Banding Together is unlike any other! Our event ran smoothly and was successful thanks to your presence on stage and your efforts making sure every aspect of the event was successful. I’m so thankful you were part of this year’s fundraiser! This will be our best year yet!"
M. Foote

"Darren is an amazing auctioneer and advisor. Rather than just showing up a few weeks ahead of time, he has come to meetings, hosted conference calls, answer e-mails promptly and provide ideas on how to run our event to maximize donor engagement. He has become an extension of our committee and we couldn’t do what we do without him."
E. Jones

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