Our school hadn't considered doing an online-only fundraising event before a pandemic prohibited in-person gathering. With only three short months from our initial call to the event date, Homegrown Events helped our tiny crew of zero-experience volunteers conceptualize, plan, and put together an hour-long virtual fundraiser. This online event not only helped us realize more event revenue than we had in the preceding two years, but brought our current and alumni families together in vibrant, heartfelt ways. Jessica and her team at Homegrown Events are great listeners who made a conscious effort to collaborate with us, understand our community, and work within our needs and budget. She also has a great relationship with her livestream partners who were very accommodating of our last-minute tech changes as well! I truly appreciated Jessica's followup, ideas and attention to detail in keeping our work on track under such a tight deadline and wholeheartedly recommend Homegrown as an event partner.
Aileen Tat, Board Member and Fundraising Chair, Pacific Primary
We connected with Jessica at Homegrown Events just three weeks before our virtual gala. We had realized we were in way over our heads and she came to our rescue. Our very first meeting she walked us through all we needed to accomplish in the short timeframe leading up to our event and what steps to take...and in what order. She always made herself available, stepped right in to guide our internal team, and to direct our external AV team. Jessica helped us to think through communications to our donors, ways to capture more donor information, and user experience in ways we hadn't previously explored. Our Board and donors were extremely pleased with the event and we significantly exceeded our fundraising goals. We will definitely work with Homegrown Events again!
-Colleen Corliss Murakami, Development & Communications Director, Swords to Plowshares
We have worked with Jessica and Homegrown Events for five years on our athletic fundraiser event and she's been the main reason that it has continued to grow at a healthy pace. She plans well ahead, solving problems before they are on top of us. She keeps the whole event very well organized. Not only does she maintain great discipline and timeline in our yearlong event planning process, but she helps us plan for the future: next year's goals, or even further out. She is very professional, with a tremendous attention to detail and dedicated to her work. She's got all the tools, recommends software, vendors, systems, keeps track of everything and everyone. She puts all of the pieces in place for our complicated event, never misses a beat. She's just great to work with, super fun, brings great energy to our meetings. Hiring her was a fantastic decision for us -- she's made such a difference for our event. Yay, Homegrown Events!
- Paul Vetter, Ride 4A Reason
Homegrown Events was an absolute necessity to the success of our event. Jessica was always encouraging and fun to work with. She broke the massive process of event planning to a manageable organized system and timeline. She has a great network of vendors for any need your event may find. She completely designed our silent auction, which went off flawlessly. She also was incredibly helpful for more strategy based conversations about meaningful board engagement in event planning, fundraising strategies, and ethical questions about how best to engage constituent groups. When our staff had some unexpected hiccups in the final hour, Jessica was incredibly helpful with helping us through the final push before event day. The Homegrown Events staff was incredibly friendly coordinated and helpful on the day of the event; everyone had a calming presence on what can otherwise be a hectic day. Thanks so much Homegrown Events! We cannot wait for the next opportunity to work with you.
- Estelle Davis, Development Director, Youth Leadership Institute
Jessica and Homegrown events exceeded expectations once again. Jessica's attention detail is unmatched. Thanks to Homegrown Events, we raised more money than any other fundraising event, exceeded our goals, and celebrated our 20th Anniversary in style. We look forward to teaming up with her again on future events.
- Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights