Virtual Fundraising Solutions That Add Zing to In-Person Events
As guilds begin to return to in-person gatherings, many members are taking advantage of hard-won lessons from a year-plus of virtual fundraising activities. Here are some virtual event tips gathered from guild members that you may wish to apply at your next in-person fundraiser:
- Incorporate music and video elements into your program to keep the audience engaged.
- Consider hosting a hybrid event — offering an in-person gathering with a live-streamed virtual option.
- Record your event! You can follow up with supporters who had to miss the event by sharing the video with a donation link, or use clips to promote future events.
- Host a virtual silent auction. Launch bidding early through a smartphone-friendly online platform (like 32 Auctions or WinningCause), then use QR codes at the in-person event to keep the excitement (and bidding) going!
- Harness the power of software that you discovered while hosting a virtual event, such as Greater Giving’s text-to-bid feature.
- Pamper your participants by delivering themed VIP party boxes in advance of your event. Fill the boxes with all the fixings for the event’s signature cocktail, cocktail glasses, guild or event branded swag, or themed snacks.
- Find easy ways for supporters to donate even if they are unable to attend your event. Email out a link to your guild’s direct donation page or silent auction site. Even if they can’t be there in person, they’d still like to support your guild!
- Preview and promote live auction items online prior to your event.
- Check out Classy, free software you can use to maximize fundraising efforts. Consider creating a direct donation page, registration page or peer-to-peer fundraiser for your event. Contact the Guild Association to learn more.
Does your guild have ideas to share? We’d love to hear them! Post your tip in our private Guild Association Facebook Group.
“For our Touchdown for Tots auction, adding a
text-to-bid feature (through our auction
software Greater Giving) worked so well that
we’ll continue using it regardless of hosting a
virtual or in-person event.”
“The VIP party boxes engaged our supporters in
a fun way because they could enjoy our
signature cocktail as if they were actually at
The Showbox. There may be a virtual element
to our next concert event, and we will use party
boxes to connect with those who can’t join us
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