Hosting a House Party

Hosting a House Party is a great way to bring friends, colleagues and family members together to raise funds for rural communities. This toolkit will help you create a fun and engaging event that introduces IIRR to new supporters and increases IIRR’s visibility.

We encourage your creativity and resourcefulness in hosting a small or large party, which could take place in your home or office, or at a restaurant. IIRR will provide you with promotional materials, donation/pledge cards, and any guidance you may need in making your event a success.

We will rely on your initiative, contacts, and creativity in moving your house party forward. This includes:

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Thinking about what event will work best for you and identifying your target audience;
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Identifying a space;
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Brainstorming creative ways to market, create and distribute invitations or e-blasts;
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Underwriting the costs associated with the event by asking colleagues/friends/restaurants to co-host and/ or help you in planning the logistics; and
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Creating an achievable fundraising goal.
Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to hearing your ideas!
The IIRR PARTY KIT INCLUDES:
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sample invitation
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sample agenda
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sign-in sheet
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pledge form

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Us.office@iirr.org

HELP IIRR THRIVE BY HOSTING A HOUSE PARTY!

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FORMAT

We recommend a two-hour cocktail party, beginning at 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm. However, you know what will work best for your friends and colleagues. Choose a venue where you and your guests will be most comfortable. This could be at your own home or apartment, or a meet-and-greet at your workplace. You can host the party alone or with a friend or group of friends – if your home is not large enough to host a house party, consider asking a friend who has a great space for a cocktail party to co-host it with you.

House party events can be as formal or as informal as you wish. They can serve as both a friendraiser and a fundraiser. IIRR is here to support you as a host, whether you want to throw a relaxed get-together, or a more formal event designed for donors who can give at higher levels. Please contact us, so we can work with you directly to plan and implement a fun and successful event.

Consider setting a fundraising goal for the event and announce it to guests when you ask for their support at the event.

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WHAT TO SERVE

Refreshments can be as simple or as complicated as you like. You could consider seeking help from friends who like to cook or local restaurants who may be sympathetic to our cause. Hire a caterer or provide refreshments yourself.
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WHO TO INVITE

Friends, family members, acquaintances – it’s up to you to decide who to invite, get out the invitations (mail and/or email) and keep track of who is coming, so you will know how many to prepare for. Follow-up emails and phone calls will definitely increase attendance.
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LOGISTICS

Think about directions by car or public transporation and where guests can park, and let them know.

Ask a friend or two to serve as greeters, if needed. They’ll answer the door, take coats, make sure people sign in and help collect checks.

Do let us know about your event, so we can send you the materials you need and make sure an IIRR representive attends, if available, to answer questions about our work, and support you through the process.

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