On the surface, fundraising is about soliciting cash for a cause that people care about. But there are myriad reasons that folks will show up to one. The hosts must provide their donors with a good experience and help them feel like they’ve made a difference in the world. But what exactly constitutes a “good” experience? Well, many things. The crowd, sure. Choice audio, possibly even live music or other forms of entertainment. Lighting and ambiance that makes people feel relaxed and welcome.
While many of those features are optional, some form of sustenance is a must. But not just any food. You want something that makes your guests feel not only welcome, but downright generous. And there’s one sure way to make them smile.
The Vital Role Food Plays in Fundraising Events
When people head to pretty much any corporate event or non-profit fundraiser these days, it’s a given that there will be something to eat and drink. For some, the snacks are even the main attraction. If you’re on the planning end of a fundraising event, it’s important to provide a sufficient amount of snack food for your guests. Whether you’re trying to attract donors, industry peers, or even your own team, you’ll need to think about food and drink as much as you think about decorations and games.
Here’s a tip from the pros: You don’t need to break the bank to provide sustenance that will satisfy and engage your guests. Think of the most popular snack foods around. Popcorn and pretzels come in countless varieties these days, including upscale products that are infused with chocolate and other sweet flavors. Flavor profiles can be mixed and matched for any future event:
- Peanut butter cup
- Caramel latte
- Vanilla sweet crème
Why a Sweet, Chocolatey Treat Brings Out the Best in Guests
You don’t need a chocolate fountain to impress your attendees. One benefit of gourmet popcorn and pretzel products is that they keep your costs low and your menu under control - providing your guests with something they’ll enjoy so that they’re happy to stay and be involved in the proceedings.
Appearances can make a difference, so get creative with your presentations! There are many ways to present an array of tasty treats:
- Colorful snack bowls
- Platters presented by greeters
- Auction items
- Table centerpieces
High-quality chocolate can be just as effective an ice breaker as any other topic of conversation. Providing something just a little decadent that people can’t stay away from will keep your guests energized and focused on the cause. This is especially important for your guests who are going to be spending several hours or more at the event, which can be tiring and even physically demanding. Not only will this keep people energized and happy, but it also sets a good example for your team and helps people to connect with other attendees.
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Providing something delicious and edible should never be an afterthought. It’s just as easy to turn people off as it is to turn them on. Low quality snack food could even inadvertently send your donors the wrong message. You want people to show up, have a good time, and stay long enough to run some elbows and learn more about your organization - enough to open their wallets to support your future endeavors. Socializing is how many things happen in the business world. It’s how deals are brokered and how foundations are built.
Funky Chunky can provide gifts and snacks for any fundraiser or corporate event. Crafted in small batches in the heart of Minnesota, our Funky Chunky Popcorn mixes are a favorite for all occasions. We’ll handle your needs from start to finish. Contact us today so we can help you get started on your next event!