Archimedes project winter fundraiser

The Archimedes Project is a nonprofit organization that believes the most intractable problems in water and sanitation can be solved using market-driven approaches. They aim to end water-borne disease by supporting the design and launch of scalable and financially sustainable clean water and sanitation social enterprises around the world.

  Faith Wallace-Gadsden, Ph.D., Managing Director of Archimedes Project, speaking at the Winter Fundraiser

Faith Wallace-Gadsden, Ph.D., Managing Director of Archimedes Project, speaking at the Winter Fundraiser

  Artwork by Eric Hosford

Artwork by Eric Hosford

Recently I organized and coordinated the Archimedes Project’s first fundraiser in New York City. I handled all aspects of the event from conception through execution. I researched venues and suppliers, negotiated deals and was personally responsible for most of the deliveries the day of the event. I enjoyed managing all of the logistical aspects and finding creative ways to add interest to the event. I found a wonderful artist whose artwork connects thematically to the work done by Archimedes Project. 

Eric Hosford's artwork added visual interest and he generously gave a portion of his sales to the organization.

 

I was very successful at estimating costs and staying under my estimates. Ultimately an open bar event for 40 guests, which took place in a lovely photography studio a block from Herald Square, cost a grand total of $700. Archimedes Project netted over $1,000 in total revenue, which was more than projected for their first New York fundraiser. Just as important they were able to connect to many new donors who are valuable additions to their network.  In addition to handling all logistical elements of the event I was also responsible for promotion through social media and relevant publications. Putting the event together required clear communication with everyone involved, as well as the ability to articulate the goals of the organization to possible donors. My work on this event demonstrated and enhanced my creative and organizational skills, which will be an asset as part of a larger team. It was wonderful to see the event come together and hear presentations by the founder and two of the entrepreneurs who are working in the field; creating a moment in which their ideas could be heard and appreciated was tremendously rewarding.