Fundraising is never easy, but creating an annual event that contributes significantly to the budget of your non-profit might be easier than you think. One option might be to establish a signature charity cruise.
What Is a Fundraising Cruise?
The Skyline Princess offers several options for turning our unique daytime lunch cruises or dinner cruises under the stars into a signature fundraising event for your charity or non-profit. We have experience planning attention-grabbing fundraisers aboard our private yacht designed to get your donor base excited about the chance to give your organization money.
Some of the best advice we’ve heard about fundraising focuses on avoiding the small donation events that take a lot of volunteer time and energy. If you are planning trivia nights at the local bar every two weeks to keep your charity afloat, you might need to consider a dinner cruise fundraiser.
Depending on the nature of your charity, we can help you plan a night of food, drinks, and entertainment aboard the Skyline Princess that brings your donors back every year. The best fundraising events encourage the participants to bring a friend to the next fundraiser.
When trying to get your non-profit fully funded, you need to plan events with low overhead, high returns, and easily repeatable. Having local restaurants donate a percentage of their gross profits on a specific night or weekend can be nice, but it’s not sustainable. Your organization needs to have an event so spectacular that donors plan their schedules around attendance, not come if it’s convenient.
The professional planning staff of the Skyline Princess can help you design a night sailing New York Harbor or the Long Island Sound that becomes your charity’s signature event, drawing support and donations year after year.
What is the Best Fundraiser Option?
The best way to fund your organization isn’t selling pizzas, cookie dough, or a bake sale. Many of those things take all the energy your volunteers have and leave them swearing never to help again.
A casino night aboard the Skyline Princess is a very popular option. We can offer casino games for fake money in the cabin, while those not interested in gambling dance in the moonlight out on the Skylight deck. Ask corporate supporters to donate prizes for the best gamblers and consider coupling it with an auction for other donated prizes to maximize your return.
If that’s not a good fit for your charity, a Chinese auction might work, or consider offering dinner, a guest speaker, and a request for donations. Choosing a suitable fundraising event for your charity is all about knowing your donors and making donating fun. Aboard the Skyline Princess, we offer catered meals and entertainment for your captive audience. You can raise money by selling tickets to the event and the activities you provide while boarding our luxury yacht.
Choose Skyline for Your Next Fundraiser
Are you looking for ideas for planning the charity cruise designed to be your signature event? Call our party planner using the form on this page or call (718) 446-1100, and let’s get the fundraising underway.