Many non-profit organizations rely on fundraising galas and other in-person gatherings to meet their financial obligations so that they can provide the services to those they serve. So what happens when that method of fundraising is interrupted, such as in-person events are not available or not an option due to circumstances beyond the organizations control. This is exactly what many organizations are facing currently. The question is, "should we postpone our event until next year or should we look at other options?" And are there other options available? Fortunately the answer is yes. Two of those options are hosting a fully online virtual event or a hybrid account that is a combination of a live and online fundraising. A Higher Calling Fundraising Solutions is able to help with both types of these new options. Let's take a look at the differences between the two of them.
Virtual Fundraising Gala
This option takes your event fully online. This includes the live "auction" and the special appeal or Fund the Future (each organization has a different name for this element, this is the direct funding ask), and also includes the silent auction and any revenue generators such as raffles and other types of crowd involvement activities.
This event usually is less than an hour. This is a recommended time frame based on input from several fundraising auctioneers and organizations across the country.
Some elements or the entire event may be pre recorded. This helps to ensure that the program stays on track. Some of the elements that may be be included are the welcome, the Special appeal video or testimonial, Sponsors loop, auction package information.
This event will have an onscreen professional that will handle the "live" potions of the event such as handling the auction packages closings, conducting the special appeal and encouraging and providing excitement to the viewers.