Post # 1
From time to time, I get invited to charity events that are fundraising events. Often, I’m the guest of someone who sponsored a table. The point of the event is to raise funds for the organization.
Darling Husband and I were invited to such an event next month. We would be guests of someone else (so no upfront cost to attend the dinner.) We both decided we weren’t in a position to financially contribute to the cause, so we declined the invitation.
I was chatting with someone else and they said we should have just accepted anyway – since part of the event is learning about the organization and it wasn’t all about money.
Post # 3
I was under the impression that the “contribution” was the seat bought by your friend, and so a contribution had been made. But I’ve never gone to one of these, so I could be totally wrong about the etiquette.
Post # 4
We have fundraising/awareness dinners quarterly with the home my mom has for women.
Not everyone gives, but they are able to pass of info to others about who we are and what we do AND some have even suggested others we should invite that would probably be interested.
I may be totally wrong but we haven’t seen it as a “must give” kinda thing.
Post # 5
I would go and enjoy myself and then maybe figure out another way to help other than monetarily. Not sure what the cause is but perhaps you can volunteer or something?
Post # 6
I have hosted many charity events. Your presence is enough. Can you maybe buy a few raffle tickets if they are selling them?
Post # 7
I have been in this situation many times. We usually go and get some raffle tickets. Think of it this way, your friend has already contributed (if they are sponsoring the table). These events are usually covered in the paper, and if the more people who are there, the better the event will seem – like people care about the charity, the cause, and are interesting in helping. Maybe in the future, you will be in a position to contribute.
Few things are sadder than going to a charity dinner and half the seats are empty or people leave early, like they don’t care about the cause.
Post # 8
Like others have said, your seat has already been “contributed” for. Charity organizers want to see a packed event– even if you can’t financially contribute, your presence contributes to the atmosphere and prestige of the event.
Post # 9
I was thinking exactly what @mightywombat said…
Your enthusiasm for the cause means something, too.