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Certificate of Fundraising Events

Across two sessions, Defining Your Event and Executing Your Event, this series will walk you through the process of staging successful events – from initial thoughts around event types and how to determine which best fits your event strategy, to mounting an event that generates buzz, meets your goals, and continues to be talked about long after you’ve tallied the revenues.

Join long-time event planner and consultant Peggy Gillen, who has been consulting with nonprofits throughout the pandemic to help them consider options and throw successful events as our sector adapts to the next normal.

Each session will discuss the current environment, how the pandemic has affected events, and projections for the future. In-person, virtual, and hybrid events will all be explored. 

Note: You may sign up for the full two-part Certificate or for either one of the two courses. See the Defining Your Event and Executing Your Event pages for further details about each and to sign up for either one individually.


  • Making your event unique and memorable, regardless of format.
  • Choosing the type of event that works for your organization, and designing it for success.
  • Setting clear goals and objectives for your event.
  • The importance of timing.
  • Determining who your audience is and how to get them to your event.
  • Knowing your market and the competition.
  • Careful and meticulous planning.
  • Developing relationships with vendors.
  • Being prepared for anything “day of."


  • Executive directors
  • On-staff event planners
  • Fundraising/development staff involved in events
  • Board members who plan or support events
  • Volunteers who plan events


Peggy D. Gillen is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Marketing and Economics. Shortly after entering the professional working world, she discovered that her passion was nonprofit work. Since then, she has spent decades planning events for nonprofit organizations, working on-staff as director of events and programs, as a nonprofit consultant, and as an independent event planner working primarily with nonprofit clients. Currently, Peggy’s focus is on event planning, event strategy, and helping nonprofits best fit events into the overall fundraising plan. She is also an associate for event and meeting venue sourcing firm HelmsBriscoe, giving her access to ideal venues for any event.

Learn more at peggygillenevents.com.



  • Starting August 26, 2021


1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


Online Class
You will receive log-in information after registering for the course.

Registration Details

Member: $150
Nonmember: $190

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.

Starting August 26, 2021

FND 260 - 8.26.2021
FND 261 - 9.2.2021