One of the first steps to a successful house party is inviting attendees! This resources outlines how to do that and includes a sample invite that you can customize for your event.
Before sending any invites, you will want to create an invite list. To do this, start by estimating the capacity of the house/venue. Focus your list on those with the ability to donate and likely interest in Indivisible’s work (capacity and proclivity are key!). Work with the hosts to create a guest list and encourage attendees to bring a friend or associate to help grow the list.
Decide if you want to send an invite directly by email or use online sites such as Evite or Punchbowl. You could also do printed invitations via snail mail if you think your audience will be most receptive to that format, but that can be more time intensive to prepare.
Be sure to include the title, date, location, time, and purpose of the event. Be clear in your invite that it is a fundraiser so people are primed to consider donating, and be up front about a suggested donation if you wish. If you’re linking your efforts to a specific action, be sure to include that in your invite as well!
Finally, include a “RSVP by” date and be sure to follow up directly via calls, texts, and emails to increase attendance. If your event isn’t private, you may consider using social media to promote and raise awareness.
Here is a sample of text you may consider using:
2018 is the year that progressives take back the reins of our government and stop the GOP's hate-filled agenda. Join Galactic Indivisible as we host a house party to raise funds to hold protests at Senator Zurg’s office during the upcoming recess. We must continue to speak out against his vote in support of the Trump Tax Scam and let him know we won’t forget during this year’s midterm election.
Please RSVP by April 3rd. A $25 donation is suggested per person, which can be made online here: (link to your group’s ActBlue page). All donations will benefit Indivisible Sydney and will be used towards supporting future actions. Please reach out to Buzz Lightyear at email@example.com with any questions.