Category: Plan Your Gala

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What’s Love Got to Do with It? A Nonprofit’s Journey Toward LIVE Online Virtual Fundraising Events (Guest Post)

The Coronavirus crushed the Nonprofit and Education live fundraising event industry overnight.  Thousands of organizations across the globe were forced to cancel or postpone their events, in many instances, these events were their largest means of fundraising of the entire year.  These event shutdowns amplified business closures from venues to auctioneers, caterers, set design, AV, and entertainment […]

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I Just Hosted Two Virtual Live Galas. Here’s What I Learned (Guest Post)

As school fundraisers wrestle with the idea of a virtual live gala (VLG), I thought it would be helpful to share my experience as a benefit auctioneer who just hosted two of them. Spoiler Alert: VLG’s rock!  “FIRST SCHOOL” (March 13, 2020) On March 13, 2020—in response to the safety measures in place to slow the spread […]

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Layne, The Auctionista

Enlist the Right Hosts for an Effective Virtual Fundraising Gala (Guest Post)

Your live fundraising gala may be cancelled. Do you have access to a studio space, a professional audio-visual team and the ability to recreate your event for the whole internet to experience? How will you take advantage of the moment?  Virtual events provide an opportunity to increase awareness, garner new audiences and raise much needed funds. Your […]

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Virtual Galas: How to Host an Online Fundraising Event

Thousands of nonprofits are hosting virtual galas, leveraging modern technology to engage their donor base and raise vital funds. In our virtual gala guide, you’ll learn about: Virtual gala programming Web-sharing technology Online auctions & fund-a-needs Much more Considering a virtual gala? Read on, or watch our recent Webinar. What Is a Virtual Gala? A virtual gala […]

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Silent Auction Baskets: How to Bundle Your Items (Step-by-Step Guide)

Do you have a bunch of smaller silent auction items that don’t really “pop” on their own? In this post, you’ll learn how to bundle your silent auction items into baskets so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We’ll cover: Choosing items to bundle Setting the minimum bid Presenting the bundle Let’s dive […]

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How to Promote Your Fundraiser on Facebook (Step-by-Step Guide)

In decades past, perhaps you’ve sold tickets to your big gala through direct mailers and ticket tables. Over the last 20 years, you’ve incorporated email into your marketing campaigns. Now, there is a new dominant marketing channel that you cannot ignore for your fundraising event: Facebook In this post, you will learn the basics of Facebook event […]

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7 Creative Food Options for Your Dinner Gala

So you’ve decided to avoid serving rubber chicken and dry potatoes at this year’s gala. Great! But now what should you put on the menu? You have to weigh broad appeal, cost, and friendliness to dietary requirements, not to mention match the ambiance of your event. Let’s explore seven alternative food options that will have your guests […]

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Silent Auctions: How Many Items Should You Include for Bidding?

If you are holding a silent auction for a fundraiser, you may be having a difficult time determining how many items you should put up for bid. Too few and you risk not raising enough money, but too many and you stifle competitive bidding and spread the same amount of money across more items. What is the […]

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Silent Auction Display

14 “Musts” for Effective Silent Auction Displays

Most benefit auctions consist of several Silent Auctions and one Live Auction. Silent Auction setup is vital to the success of any auction, because this is the part of the evening that people experience first. For planning purposes, here are some guidelines to follow when doing advance planning for your Silent Auction: 1. Close your Silent Auction […]

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Benefit Auctions: Outsource These 5 Positions

While it is not necessary to hire outside help for your event, you may find it well worthwhile to consider at least some professional assistance to help make it run smoothly. Experience is a great insurance policy. Hiring benefit auction experts to help train volunteers and to ‘‘run the show’’ the night of the event will allow […]

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