Oh, October. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and nonprofit fundraising professionals are busy, busy, busy. This month, you’re probably knee deep in year-end planning, getting serious about your prep for #GivingTuesday, and maybe starting to feel the stress of the season (which CauseVox can help with too).
But don’t forget to have a little fun!
Amidst all the hustle, there’s Halloween. It’s an opportunity to have a few laughs, build camaraderie, and avoid taking yourself too seriously–something that we all need this time of year.
Does your office dress up for Halloween? Got a fall party in the works at your organization? Need to add a little levity to your October board meeting?
Then try one of our top 10 costumes that only nonprofit fundraisers will appreciate:
1. The Surprise Grant Program Officer
Wear a business suit. Carry a clipboard. Show up the day before Halloween, and announce you’re there for a site visit.
2. The Angry Donor
This one will strike terror into all nonprofit folks. Wear pearls for clutching. Carry a check to angrily tear up.
3. The Lost Appeal
Wear a large envelope costume addressed to Major Donor and stamped “Return to Sender.”
4. The Well-Intended In-Kind
Did someone ever drop off something they were sure your organization could use? Like Baskin Robbin’s gift cards for kids in Uganda (this really happened!!). Dress as that thing. Only a few people will get it, but they will think it’s hilarious.
5. Grant Application Supplementary Materials
Just attach all that stuff to your person. Resumes, budgets, mission statements, letters of recommendation, all of it. Voila, it’s a monster! It’s out of control!
6. Fundraising Event Coordinator
Wear a whistle, carry a clipboard, and remind people throughout the day that they’re there to network and socialize. Then make them do an icebreaker.
7. The Ghost of Goals Past
Nothing is scarier than trying to meet last year’s goal. It’s haunting! Wear a sheet and put last year’s goal on the front and a big question mark on your back. Whisper, “Have you forgotten meeeeeee?” to everyone you pass.
8. Wicked Witch/Warlock of the Board
Don a witch costume, and shout, “There’s no budget for that!” Carry a cauldron labeled “Strategic Planning Ideas.”
9. The Time-Sensitive Appeal
Dress in all red and carry a big sign telling people that there are, “ONLY 24 HOURS LEFT. DONATE NOW!” Run everywhere you go.
10. A Campaign Thermometer
Wear red pants and a white shirt. Mark increments on your shirt with tape. Use red paint to show your campaign’s progress. If you’re very serious, ask people to donate and then add more red if they do.
Have additional ideas? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to grow the list!