1. Event and Project Ideas
Whether your guild is recently formed and thinking about its first event, or has been hosting a luncheon for 10 years and wants to do something different, you can contact us for ideas.
We will help you brainstorm options that complement the skills, interests and resources of your guild members.
We can also put you in touch with other guilds that have held events similar to what you are interested in.
Start your planning by reviewing these project ideas (PDF).
2. Promotional Materials
We must review drafts of your promotional materials, such as save-the-date cards, invitations, flyers and media releases.
We can provide you with the correct Seattle Children's logo, patient photos and hospital facts to use in your materials.
3. Event Supplies
We have a variety of supplies you can borrow for your event, including banners, table runners, aprons, collection jars, cash boxes, credit card machines, charge slips and balloons.
Request event and project supplies.
4. Event Speakers
If you would like a speaker from the hospital or research institute at your event, we will try to secure specific physicians, scientists, staff or patient's families. Sometimes, due to availability and travel, we are not able to secure a speaker. We can always provide a complelling video, telling stories about patients, uncompensated care or research.
We will recommend best practices for highlighting the speaker and working with a patient's family.
If you have an existing relationship with a physician or patient's family who might speak at your event, tell us so we can help you make sure proper consent forms are in place.
5. Event Promotion
Tell us about your upcoming event. We'll use the information you provide to promote it on our events calendar and through other Seattle Children's communications.
You can also ask us for a mailing list of other guilds in your area so you can invite them to your event or let them know about an upcoming project.
After your event, the Guild Association would like to acknowledge your hard work and celebrate your success through our Guild Spotlight recap. Submit a post-event form.
6. Templates and Resources
We have a variety of templates and printed resources to help you with your event or project, including:
The Guild Association Resource Guide (PDF) is a comprehensive manual that provides information about your guild's officers and responsibilities, fundraising, compliance, auctions, publicity, policies and more. You can also review our other resources and tools available online.
Contact us if you don't see what you're looking for.
Each year, we periodically offer informational workshops on topics such as sponsorships and how to grow your event, compliance and the role of the treasurer, auction reconciliation and media support.
Contact us if you are interested in attending a workshop.
8. Treasurer Support
The role of a guild's treasurer is vital. While it can seem overwhelming at times, we are here to help. We can help you complete each step of the Treasurer's Report (PDF) for your events. We also have easy-to-use spreadsheets for various record keeping.
Contact us with any questions or to set up a meeting with us to go over more complex issues.
9. Compliance Support
The Guild Association Resource Guide (PDF) is an excellent tool for all guild members with compliance-related questions.
Our accountant works to ensure that guilds are compliant with fundraising rules and regulations to avoid penalties, which jeopardize our nonprofit status.
Contact us with any questions you may have.
10. Developing Goals and Increasing Revenue
Using past events as your baseline, what do you want to improve upon? Do you want to increase your audience, attract more sponsors or improve your silent auction?
The Guild Association will work with you to brainstorm achievable goals and how to reach them.