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Navigating the Trickiest Parts of

Special Event Planning

Presented by Franklin Canning

Recorded August 31, 2022

Are you tired or is your event tired?

Most common types of events include runs/walks, gala dinners, and golf tournaments, but are they helping you reach your fundraising goals each year?

Take a good hard look at your special event portfolio and let's figure out what's working, what's not working, where can they grow!

Workshop Overview

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn:

  • 20 necessary questions you should be asking
  • Effective steps to improve your next Special Event
  • How to measure success of your Special Events
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Guest Speaker

Simonne Valdez Director of Marketing @ Harness


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About Franklin Canning

Principal consultant for Smoke jumper Nonprofit Consulting

As the principal consultant for Smoke jumper Nonprofit Consulting. Frank is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations chart their course, address challenges and seize opportunities. As a seasoned nonprofit professional with over 40 years of experience in management and fundraising, he earned the name " The Smoke Jumper" from a supervisor.

While working at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as an Interim Executive Director, Frank would go into various situations (both good and bad) and hit the ground running to address major issues, keep a high functioning chapter on track or just calm everyone down! Always, protecting the organization and the mission.

About Harness Giving

Raise More + Stress Less

We’re a diverse group of individuals passionate about harnessing the power of payments to drive real change in the world around us.

In 2017, the nonprofit sector lagged far behind for-profit organizations in innovation. They simply didn’t have the budgets or time to put into technologies that may not have paid off in the long run. That’s where we came in. As passionate advocates of the purpose economy, we believe in taking care of those who take care of others. And by developing award-winning solutions that reorient nonprofit organizations from one-time revenue generation models to long-term recurring giving models, we’ve helped over 1,000 nonprofits build healthier, more sustainable revenue streams.

Learn something new!

Event attendees are not always donors, until you ask.

Genuine connection to the mission & goals


Accountability to supply effective resources

Better understanding of organizational responsibilities

Trusted by Leading Nonprofit Organizations


What I loved about Harness was the emphasis on relationships from the beginning of the donation process.

Carey Dougherty

Malta House


The Harness platform has opened up a whole new channel for us to connect with our supporters!

Daniel Hall

Boys & Girls Club


The user experience from both a donor and admin standpoint is fast, intuitive, and powerful!

Pam Fulk

Carolina Tiger Rescue