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Living Room Captains: The Key to Your Virtual Gala’s Success

The most important thing for a virtual gala fundraiser is not the scripting, the video, the hosts or the auction items. The most important thing is getting people to tune in, ready to open their wallets. In this post, I’m going to show you how to achieve just that using “living room captains.” What Is a Living […]

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How Much Does It Cost to Throw a Virtual Gala?

Despite the virtual gala being the “plan B” for many nonprofits in 2020, many organizers have realized that their net donations are increased by going virtual! Since their virtual gala was less expensive to throw, the decreased revenue from ticket sales was more than offset by the lower costs. But just how much does it cost to […]

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How TravelPledge Supports Your Socially-distant Fundraising

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown event fundraising for a loop. At TravelPledge, we’ve been hard at work enhancing our capabilities to support you in your socially-distant fundraising efforts. Here are some helpful TravelPledge features and resources you may or may not be aware of. Local Experiences Mobile Bidding Integrations Virtual Experiences Flash Sales […]

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Why You Should Pre-record Your Virtual Fundraising Gala

The pandemic has forced thousands of nonprofits to cancel their in-person galas and stream a virtual gala online instead. However, the thought of producing a live gala on camera makes many organizers nervous. Here’s a little secret: the vast majority of virtual galas are pre-recorded. In this post, I’ll share why it’s A-OK to skip the stress […]

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15 Must Know Tips for Throwing a Virtual Gala

Thousands of nonprofits are realizing the benefits of virtual galas. Virtual galas engage new donors, save event costs on food, staff and venue, and ultimately deliver donations that meet or exceed that of in-person events. We’ve surveyed benefit auctioneers and consultants to put together their list of top tips for your virtual gala. 1. Invite everyone Unlike […]

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Benefit Auction Problem-Solving: 4 Challenges & Solutions (Guest Post)

Benefit auctions have long been reliable event options for nonprofits of all sizes, and for good reason! Both live and silent auctions are engaging for donors and can deliver substantial returns on the time and resources you invest in them. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-sweeping effects, we’re in a brave new world when it […]

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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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Webinar: Turn Your Virtual Event Into a Reality (April 14)

Watch TravelPledge’s Alex McDonald explain the “Why” and “How To” for running a virtual gala. If you are considering a virtual fundraising gala, online auction or simply switching your silent auction from paper to mobile bidding, this webinar is for you. You’ll leave with an understanding of the next steps for raising vital funds during this difficult […]

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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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