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Planning a Fundraiser

Written by Joey

My name is Jordi Stack, and I’m the newest member of the Utopia Entertainment team. A few months ago I was a Main Event Tri-Director for MizzouThon’s dance marathon and I’m now the Director of Planning and Logistics for Utopia Entertainment, the company that helped to change the game for our Dance Marathon

In the four years that I was a part of MizzouThon,  our organization raised over$1,000,000 for the University of Missouri-Columbia Women and Children’s Hospital.

If you organize nonprofit fundraisers or corporate events, I know what it’s like and I’d love to talk to you about it. 

It’s hard to find the words that do justice of describing the impact that MizzouThon has had on me. But I can say with ease that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye, so it made the most sense for me to join the team that helped produce the event. 

Do I have a secret sauce for event planning and fundraising? No.
Do I have some crazy algorithmic formula to help boost your attendance and fundraising efforts? No.

But I do have this: Passion to help grow your event and your mission. My wish, along with my teammates is to get to know your mission and share in your passion to grow your event and raise money for the cause that has your heart. 


Hiring the Utopia team was a game changer for MizzouThon. They came in to do a job but they left matching our passion FTK. They connected to our miracle kids and families in a way that no other partner had before. Most importantly, they cared about our mission and actively seeked to help make our event as successful as possible. 

If you’re planning “enter the name of your crazy rad, most hip, fun event ever” we can help you

I’ve had experiences planning events of many sizes and I know all the steps that go into an event of any size. I know how important (and difficult) fundraising at events can be. But with the help of Utopia I know that we can find creative ways to help change the dynamic of your event and your mission. 


For you, creating a larger impact might entail raising awareness, larger participation at your events, more fundraising dollars going towards your mission or a combination of the three. I want to help you crush your goals and have the best time you can while doing it. 

Myself, along with the rest of the Utopia team can help in several ways:

  • New ideas on how to fundraise, gain sponsorships and increase impact

  • Higher retention and engagement during your events

  • Someone who understands what it’s like to be on your side

  • A family run entertainment/production company that genuinely cares about your vision

  • Year long support from our event planning team

 

I’ve had the chance to speak with several nonprofits already and the ability to increase fundraising and maximize retention/participation seems to be a common theme. I challenge you to step up to the plate. Take a chance on yourself, your mission and your organization. It might just be the best thing you’ve ever done. 

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