I've made my share of embarrassing gaffs onstage at fundraising galas. Most of them were my own fault. Other times, I felt like any awkwardness could have been avoided, had the nonprofit been upfront with me about internal issues. Life isn't a bowl of cherries. Bad situations happen. Even nonprofits with great missions and stellar achievement records can find themselves in a situation that is uncomfortable, at best. Financial mismanagement. Leadership debacles. Internal strife.
Though I have talked before about the need to thank auction donors, I don't recall ever sharing these three tools, which make the "thank" pretty darn memorable. Video resources Text tools Phone ideas This video was shot, edited, and uploaded at the airport, so the sound isn't ideal but the content is solid. https://youtu.be/hYG2PyT0Y5g
At least once a year, I’ll share tips about audio systems for fundraising auctions. (I include links to some past posts under the video.) The reason being is that good audio is a crucial element to a charity auction, but I personally find it difficult to convey its intricacies. Even so, I am giving it a shot in today's video. Over the last two years of virtual galas, our technology issues have been focused on connectivity, latency, and video -- NOT audio. With so much attention on
Though I've been working fundraising auctions the last couple of months, I only recently conducted my first school auction of 2022. I learned this: Your audience has changed. Based on my experience, I have some advice for those of you planning private school auctions this year. Watch the video to learn my big “a ha!” and what you should do to better prepare for your first post-pandemic, in-person auction. https://youtu.be/2-xoRp5rpTE
How are you handling COVID precautions at your gala? Whether you are in an 'open' state or one that is more cautious, supporters want to know what they should expect at your event. Consider devoting a page to your gala website to COVID requirements. If you won't be doing anything -- tell them. If you expect them to upload a vaccination card, proof of booster, negative test, and wear a N-95 respiration mask -- tell them. If you're going to have comfort-level bracelets available