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  • Virtual Fundraiser Webinar

    More than 40 attendees registered for the webinar on Virtual Fundraisers on May 28 hosted by Nancy Manning with the Austin Nonprofit Meetup.

    FUNauctions’ Gayle Stallings shared her recent virtual fundraising experiences along with the two trail blazing nonprofit leaders who have held virtual events with Gayle on April 19 and April 26 during the 90-minute webinar.

    Joining Gayle were both of the nonprofit leaders, Cynthia Herrera, Executive Director with Project Transitions, and Ann McNair, Managing Director with Conspirare. The objective was for attendees to gain new knowledge and more than a glimmer of hope around fundraising possibilities in a time of COVID-19.

    “Seeing how you are learning and adapting to this rapidly changing environment gives me confidence that we will be in good hands!” — Kelsey

    Whether attendees needed to transition a currently planned in-person fundraising event to a virtual event or create a brand new virtual fundraising event, this meetup helped answer those questions. The panelists addressed all the stages of the changing landscape for fundraising since March when from a shelter-in-place world to hybrid events with social distancing. A free virtual fundraising toolkit with additional resources was included as part of the registration fee of $9.50.

    “Thank you so much for this terrific session. The virtual fundraiser has been such a major source of stress for us, and with an October event, a very difficult decision to make. Lucky for us, Gayle is our auctioneer and we are in great hands!” — Claire

    This meetup answered questions on the changing trends in types of items for the live auction and silent auction; the importance of conducting a fund-a-need to secure pure donations; determining the length of the livestream program to keep viewers engaged, and other virtual fundraising logistic options including:

    • Identify your audience, set goals, establish timeline
    • Draft mission driven script
    • Choose fundraising event options
    • Obtain corporate sponsors
    • Choose your technology platforms
    • Determine Run of Show
    • Branding and promoting
    • Stewardship of virtual fundraiser donors
    • Measuring success

    “I was only able to attend during my lunch hour, but it was one of the most informative, and helpful, seminars I’ve attended.” — Holly

    FUNauctions is excited about the future of virtual events and believes many organizations will continue to choose to go virtual, long after COVID-19 is a distant memory. We can help your organization continue to raise the needed funds to do your important work. Let’s talk about a virtual fundraiser as the right choice.

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