UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FOUNDATION

Community partner event-hosting process and tips

DEFINE EVENT CONCEPT

• Determine which University of Minnesota cause your event will benefit
• Create your event message
• Identify event specifics, such as the date, time, audience, and location
Submit an event proposal to UMF

PLAN

• Set a goal and outline a budget
• Consider event sponsors and/or an auction as part of your event
• Project event expenses to keep your finances on track
• Establish a timeline to prioritize important duties
• Consider using URaiseMN, the U’s crowdfunding tool to engage a wider audience
• Secure vendors and volunteers

COMMUNICATE

• Mail and/or email invitations to anyone you know with an interest in your cause
• Enjoy the event and congratulate your volunteers for their work to support the University of Minnesota

FOLLOW UP

• Acknowledge and thank your donors, participants, sponsors, and in-kind donors with an email or a card
• Send collected funds to UMF within 30 days of your event (See financial guidelines.)

Next steps

Review information about:
ONLINE GIVING AND CROWDFUNDING
PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS
PERMITS AND FINANCIAL GUIDELINES