COVID-19 dramatically changed the approach to fundraisers in 2020.
Our life has changed – but your mission hasn’t.
Your work is still important.
There are still needs to fund.
And nonprofit experts all agree — fundraising should NOT stop!
Enter the year of the virtual gala.
Starting spring 2020, fundraising auctioneer Sherry Truhlar became a VIRTUAL fundraising auctioneer.
On one busy evening in May 2020, she was running multiple virtual auction events back-to-back — from her home studio.
If your nonprofit or school canceled its spring event — or is worried about its future fundraiser — let’s talk about an interactive virtual gala.
As with any new industry, your options are evolving each day.
Here are 4 ways Red Apple Auctions can assist you right now with a virtual auction event.
1. FREE RESOURCES
For an in-depth resource, attendees rave about the “Conversation Series,” which I started hosting in March 2020. It’s called, “The Next 6 Months: Setting a Gala Strategy in Light of COVID-19,”
Watch actual videos of virtual galas with commentary by me. Conversation 1, 2, and 3 are all available as recordings. Upon registering for the recordings, you’ll be invited to future Conversations, too. Consider pouring your favorite beverage and setting aside ~4 hours to take advantage of this education.
For bite-sized content, clients have been sending my blog videos to Board members and committee chairs to open the discussion of a virtual gala. Subscribe to Benefit Auction Ideas to be alerted to new posts.
Meanwhile, here are few of the past ones.
- My prediction? We will have no in-person galas in 2020.
- Thoughts on creating a donor-centric virtual gala
- Beyond financial goals, what should you be measuring at your virtual gala?
- Go virtual, cancel or reschedule? It’s tied to your “why.”
- Understanding attendance at your virtual gala.
- Auctioneer -created videos that support your online auction.
- What’s your gala plan for 2020? Here’s what I think.
If you need some advice, consulting is an option.
We’ll cover whatever topic is puzzling you.
For instance, a Boston arts organization was stumped as to which software would be best for its virtual event. They couldn’t quite grasp how the back-end process would work, either.
I pointed them in the direct of free software that met their modest needs, yet allowed them to ensure money was collected and guests had a positive online experience.
3. VIRTUAL GALA AUCTION SERVICES
Whether you’re planning a shelter-in-place gala whereby everyone safely participates from their own home, or if you want to test the limits with a small group event at a studio, or you want a hybrid using the latest live -streaming auction software, Red Apple Auctions has been there and done it.
As one of the first virtual event auctioneers in the USA, Sherry Truhlar will work with you to understand the various styles. You’ll be confident in making a decision that is appropriate for your mission and audience. Schedule a sales call.
Would you like to see how I work to engage the crowd during a virtual gala? Here’s one video.
4. ALL-IN-ONE AUCTION SERVICES
Want to sign on the dotted line and have everything you need to run a virtual gala wrapped up neatly with a bow?
That’s our Virtual Gala Fundraiser in a Box program. You get the A/V technology, A/V support, pre-event consulting, auction software, on-air host and wrap-around services to run your virtual gala fundraiser. It’s a “virtually perfect” solution.
Learn more about this all-inclusive, get-it-done virtual auction program.