The IWCS Annual Charity Event (ACE) has truly flourished with each passing year, growing exponentially in sophistication and offering. We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, raising thousands of euros for the Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. in Stuttgart.
However you may have noticed that this autumn we haven’t put out our usual call for volunteers. Around this time we would ordinarily be asking members for their ideas and skills to support the 2019 gala, but this year we have decided to make some changes to the club’s fundraising efforts.
With our La La Land theme evening this past April at the Villa Humboldt we feel we reached a real zenith. Where could we possibly go next?
We’ve realized that sustaining our upward progress would mean a real challenge and require an immense concentrated effort.
Furthermore, without significantly compromising the quality you’ve come to expect from the event, increasing your ticket price further, or finally finding a reliable and generous corporate sponsor we simply can’t top this years’ effort.
We’re also quite aware the ACE isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of members who have other interests and perhaps prefer not to attend.
But charity remains an important part of our club life and purpose, and we are still committed to Frauen helfen Frauen as our designated charity. With such a talented and diverse group of women, we of course have a goldmine of fundraising potential, ideas, and know-how.
We are keeping an eye on 2020 for the next big party but have decided for 2019 to adopt the motto that “Many hands make light work.” We will be looking for ways to decentralise the club’s fundraising efforts and host many smaller events instead of one big one. We hope this will create a broader appeal and spread the effort among the club membership.
Some strategies include:
- Encouraging members to set a modest fundraising goal and work with the club’s event Activity Planning team to meet it.
We’ve already included fundraising in some of our member hosted events such as Clothes Swap, Bake-off Party, Summer Party, Mary Kaye parties; and we’ve accepted donations as event costs for very low-cost or free outings.
- Incorporate an element of fundraising into smaller quarterly events.
Look out for these in 2019. We’ll aim to bring at least four charity focused events to you in the coming annual plan.
- Start planning for the ACE 2020.
Don’t worry, we still love to party! We are trying out the idea of a smaller off year in 2019 with an eye to larger events every other year, so do get excited for 2020. Stay tuned if you’ve got any great ideas for themes, venues or fundraising tips or you would like to get involved as a volunteer.
If you would like to be part of the Charity Committee for 2019 or 2020, please use the form below to contact Claire directly. We will need YOUR help to continue making our yearly donation to the Frauenhaus.