Need a free place to meet? If you do, check with your local fire stations as many have small conference rooms and large meeting rooms available to non-profits for no charge. If you are trying to arrange a training, a community meeting or need a place to hold your board meetings, check with your local fire station about room availability. Many of the fire stations have small kitchenettes that can be useful if you are providing coffee and snacks at your meeting. Also check with your local utility company and libraries about free or low-cost meeting spaces. Many of the local PUD offices have meeting rooms available for reasonable rates and some even have view screens or other AV equipment available for rent with the space.
While social media is quickly becoming the #1 place to advertise, don’t overlook opportunities to spread the word about your upcoming event or fundraiser in person. Many grocery stores and department stores have community bulletin boards you can post on. Also check with your local colleges and universities as well as libraries (most will require approval before you can post). Starbucks always allow free/community events to be posted in their stores. Also try Panera, Subway, and Qdoba as many of them have community bulletin boards now. Always check with a manager if available before posting.