Scottsdale company celebrates 10 years serving nonprofits

Among the events organized by Black Tie-Arizona: National Kidney Foundation of Arizona's Dancing with the Stars Arizona held in February at the Arizona Biltmore. (Blacktie Photos by

Among the events organized by Black Tie-Arizona: National Kidney Foundation of Arizona’s Dancing with the Stars Arizona held in February at the Arizona Biltmore. (Blacktie Photos by

Blacktie-Arizona, part of a national company providing web-based event planning and promotional tools for nonprofits, associations and businesses, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Bringing visibility and cutting-edge online tools to the thousands of nonprofit agencies and businesses in the Valley, Myra Richman, president of Blacktie-Arizona, said, “It’s very rewarding to see how much help we can provide our members in order to help them facilitate the everyday tasks of running their organizations.”

The company serves as a clearinghouse of events and services for the nonprofit, business and philanthropic community by offering a variety of web-based tools and photo/story coverage.

Blacktie provides the following functions for its members:

  • Photo/story coverage of events and posting 30-60 photos of each event on the Blacktie site within 48 hours…for anyone to view and email free to friends and family, thus extending their message
  • A comprehensive calendar of listings of mostly nonprofit fundraising events for advance planning and scheduling purposes
  • Services: (a) online event reservations and credit card processing—with no additional fees from Blacktie; (b) online bidding for auction items; (c) seating arrangement templates; (d) email and newsletter templates; (e) much needed publicity for their organization; (f) in-depth pre and post promotion of their events; (g) showcasing and profiling volunteers and charitable individuals who contribute their time and expertise to our community
  • A directory of service companies that deal with nonprofits (photographers, entertainers, event planners, videographers, etc.)
  • Promotion of upcoming events
  • A descriptive follow-up summary of every member event, sponsors, committee members and its participants and posts on the Blacktie site within 48 hours
  • Accepting online donations
  • Offering golf tournament software to organize events
  • Private bulletin boards for committee agendas and minutes
  • Offering a Bow-tique—a place to sell products (cookbooks, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Marketing opportunities through Richman & Associates, Inc. public relations

Arizona members include: ICAN, The Nature Conservancy, Gabriel’s Angels, John C. Lincoln Foundation, Catholic Community Foundation, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, ASU Gammage, Arizona Assistance in Healthcare, Duet, CASA and Taste of the NFL.

Richman maintains her public relations business, Richman & Associates, Inc. Her  background includes many years in public relations and production at “NBC News” in New York City and then Burbank as a talent coordinator for “The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson.”

She produced “Unique Lives & Experiences,” a celebrity women’s series at Gammage Auditorium, featuring such notables as Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews, Madeleine Albright and Maya Angelou.

Blacktie, LLC was founded in 2001 in Denver and is currently operating in several markets throughout the United States.

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