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Chad Carvey Virtual Gala

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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Switching to a “Virtual” Gala? TravelPledge Partnership with ClickBid Makes it Easy

TravelPledge has partnered with leading mobile bidding solution ClickBid to make it easy for auction organizers to take their events online. With the newly released functionality, event organizers will see their selected TravelPledge experiences as well as any donated experiences entered into TravelPledge populate automatically into ClickBid. The innovation comes as nonprofits with planned spring galas are […]

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Virtual Gala

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: Bundle Your Items to Maximize Bids (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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TravelPledge’s Latest Additions (February ’20)

TravelPledge is excited to offer these new experiences for your auction or raffle. You can access them for your event from your TravelPledge dashboard under Use Items at Event > New Additions. 2 Nights on Kentucky Bourbon Trail Danville, KY Located in the beautiful central Kentucky bluegrass region, The Farm is a unique working farm home. The […]

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Wallet in Vice Grip

Strategies for Recession-Proof Fundraising

Worried about a financial downturn drying up your donations? Recession-proof fundraising means taking action during the good times and the bad times to protect your sources of revenue. In this post, you’ll learn what steps you should take during growing and receding economies to build a sustainable future for your organization. During a Good Economy Make the […]

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Facebook app

3 Steps 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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Reloading dinner buffet

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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seed sprouting

How to Turn Event Attendees Into Donors (Guest Post)

I’ve got a secret: I detest events. Who wants to dress in uncomfortable clothes, schmooze with donors, and swallow another rubber chicken? Definitely not me. HOWEVER, all Not-For-Profits (NFPs) need to host one annual branding event. A branding event connects your mission to those aligned with it on a large scale. Here comes another secret: most of […]

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