Step by Step

So how can YOU plan a successful event?  Follow these simple steps, and you'll be well on your way!

  • Do something you know well!  Design an event around your own interests and community connections.
  • Contact AA&MDSIF.  We're here to help you every step of the way!
  • Ask family and friends to help you with this project.  This will be your organizing committee to assist you with the various aspects of your event.
  • Set a location, date and time. Consider the size of your event and what venue works best, given the time of the year.  Be sure it doesn't conflict with other community events.
  • Determine your fundraising goal.  Think big!  With good event planning and marketing, you'll find that grassroots fundraising really does work.
  • Set a budget.  Use our budget form to help you get started as you determine what your expenses will be and how you'll generate income and donations to cover those expenses.
  • Organize your event details.  Prepare the specifics of your event -- timeline, program, activities, giveaways, etc.
  • Spread the word of your event.  Use all your networks of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers – and ask them to use their networks.  Publicize throughout your community through newspapers, online calendars, and even direct contact to the local businesses.
  • Gather and organize items needed at your event.  It's time for your event – spend time making sure you have everything you need.
  • Check the final details.  With your committee, make sure everything for your event is covered.
  • Event day checklist.  Write a checklist so you make sure you have what you need for your big day.
  • End of event recap.  How successful was your event?  What worked well?  What could you have done differently?