Many of the fundraising ideas were special, or “signature,” events. This means that they are annual events, unique to the library, that the community looks forward to attending each year.
Some events hosted by North Dakota libraries include:
- Garden party
- Tour of Homes
- Vendor fairs
- Ice cream socials
- Silent auctions
- Purse raffles
As a follow up to a successful Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) program, last year WebJunction hosted a webinar entitled “Signature Events for Small Libraries,” which provided many ideas for unique events and tips for planning and hosting them. The slides are still available for viewing, along with related planning resources. You can listen to the recorded webinar by logging in with a WebJunction account.
If you are interested in further information on hosting a special fundraising event, check out Beyond Book Sales: the Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library from the North Dakota State Library. It includes tips for planning and hosting successful special events.
It also highlights reasons why you might want to host a special event, such as:
- Raising the visibility of your library in the community
- Enhancing the image of the library among citizens
- Creating a new pool of potential donors
Does your library host a special fundraising event? Share your stories in the comments!