Community and events, Fundraising

The Complete Special Events Handbook

Events can be the vibrant heart of a successful fundraising charity, but are yours everything they could be?

The print version is temporarily out of stock. Digital version still available.

New edition in preparation.

This forensically detailed handbook takes you through every aspect of events planning. From thinking about your organisation’s aims, to what kind of event you need; from running the event on the day and planning for things to go wrong, to thanking people properly afterwards.

It covers a few things you’ll probably need reminding of, and a hundred things you’ll never even have thought of. Follow the ideas in this book, and your events are guaranteed to be a success.

Who should buy this book?

This book is for anyone who has to organise events as part of their day-to-day work, and also for those responsible for organising whole conferences, festivals, gala dinners and more.

It’ll be especially useful for fundraisers and supporter managers.

What does it cover?

The author has over 20 years’ experience organising events, and she shares every skill, tip and trick in this genuinely comprehensive guide.

  • Your stage-by-stage guide to planning any kind of event.
  • Project planning methods, including event project templates for you to use.
  • Covering all kinds of events: from supporter fundraisers, to celebrations, festivals and conferences.
  • Case studies from organisations, covering all kinds of events for all kinds of charities.

‘Pauline Carter really knows events inside and out… this book is a must for any fundraising bookshelf, but it mustn’t stay there.’ Ken Burnett


‘From the simplest to the most glitzy events, the author’s vast experience of fundraising shines through in this comprehensive guide to organising successful fundraising events.’ Alan Machin, Head of National Fundraising, WaterAid

Look inside

Have a look inside The Complete Special Events Handbook.

About the author

Pauline Carter

Pauline, now retired, had a long career in fundraising at a senior level since the 1980s. She worked for Save the Children and ActionAid. She was a longstanding member of the Institute of Fundraising and a member of the executive committee for six years.

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