Following the Guidelines for COVID-19 During Fundraisers

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone. This has forced nonprofit organizations to reevaluate how they are going to be able to raise money. Unlike typical businesses, nonprofit organizations do not have access to the same revenue streams. As a result, many nonprofit organizations having trouble making ends meet. Given that so many people rely on nonprofit organizations during difficult times, including the pandemic, it is important for these organizations to find a way to continue to carry out their missions. As a result, they have been forced to re-evaluate how they are going to raise money. While galas were a common source of fundraising for nonprofit organizations prior to the pandemic, they have had to shift drastically.

Obviously, galas are typically held in person. This had to change as a result of the pandemic. The good news is that galas can still take place. Nonprofit organizations simply need to think about how they are going to be able to hold them virtually. Innovative solutions for nonprofit supporters and nonprofit organizations have had to emerge as a result of the pandemic. Even though it takes time as well as trial and error, experts have come up with a few solutions for virtual galas. When it comes to virtual galas, there are a few points to keep in mind.

Even during the pandemic, it is important for nonprofit organizations to find ways to move forward and raise awareness regarding the mission of the nonprofit. This could include funding research of a rare disease, raising money specifically for the pandemic, or supporting children in poverty. In ordinary times, most nonprofit organizations serve vulnerable parts of the community. Many organizations have an annual gala that raises essential support for numerous services and programs. This might include employment opportunities, housing, and social connection. Many individuals who are traditionally served by nonprofit organizations have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. As a result, many nonprofit organizations are facing mounting costs in the face of lost revenue. These are a few of the key points that the gala needs to address even if it is going to take place virtually.

When it comes to holding a virtual gala, it is critical to leverage specialized print and email appeal. It is also a good idea to leverage social media. There should also be a dedicated web page on the nonprofit organization's website that accepts donations during the gala. It is important to find a reliable platform that can handle donations in numerous forms. The most common way that people donate money includes credit cards, Google Pay, Apple Pay, PayPal, and Stripe. Is important to make sure the live-giving hour goes off without a hitch. If individuals feel like they are unable to donate to the issues with the platform, this could cost the organization a significant amount of money that might be difficult to recoup down the road.

Finally, there are also some situations where a gala could be held in person. If this is the case, then it is a good idea to hold the gala outside. Encourage everyone to wear masks, have numerous hand sanitizer stations spread throughout the area, and request that individuals maintain social distancing. The goal is to minimize the spread of the virus as much as possible. Following the guidelines that have been published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a great way to ensure that galas can be held safely, allowing nonprofit organizations to raise money while still staying safe.

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