Hosting a political fundraiser is a great opportunity for you and your friends, family and colleagues to show genuine support for a member of Congress or candidate for office. It provides a unique opportunity to build a relationship with the candidate and helps you become vested in the outcome of his or her election.
Fundraisers are an important opportunity to build your relationship with your members of Congress and their staffs. It takes time, effort, and work by many individuals to have a successful fundraiser. Below are some tools to help facilitate a fundraiser in your state:
Candidate Selection and Invitation
Contact Michael Matlack, director of congressional affairs, to find out whether a candidate supports physical therapy in your state. Mike Matlack can inform you of any campaign finance rules, etiquette, and protocol to which you should conform. If possible, host a fundraiser in cooperation with your state/district chapter meeting.
Inviting Your Candidate
Write an invitation letter to the candidate's campaign office and follow up with a phone call. The invitation should be sent out as far in advance as possible. During the campaign season, the candidate's schedule will be booked very fast.
Form a small event committee to develop a potential donor list and help with the logistical and planning of the fundraiser. Include committee members who have experience in fundraising, who know many prospective donors, and who can complete the bookkeeping for the event.
Committee meetings can be held by conference call and should adhere to an agenda.See sample committee agenda (.doc)
You can always reach out to the PT-PAC staff for assistance with questions.
Creating and adhering to a timeline will help ensure the success of your event. Allow at least 7 weeks to plan the event. Review sample timeline (.doc)
Decide on Location
Most fundraisers are held in private homes or a business office. Of course, where you host a fundraiser depends largely upon the size of the event and the ambiance that you want to create.
A fundraiser is a simple reception. Here's a few recommendations for goals of your event. Review a sample of event flow for a fundraiser (.doc)
Follow through is extremely important to the success of your event.
Last Updated: 8/29/2017