Fundraising galas are just as much about the cause as they are about the attendees.
Your organization is relying on their generosity, which is why you want to thank them all with an extraordinary experience—and, of course, motivate them to continue supporting your cause as time goes on. However, doing this can be tricky.
Let us, the experts at The Concierge Club, walk you through it!
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What is a Fundraising Gala?
You’re most likely already familiar with the elements of a gala: guests dressed to the nines, a sophisticated reception, an exquisite dinner, live entertainment, and a ton of socializing. They’re the peak of luxurious partying in the events world.
When organizations look into planning fundraising events, galas are always the top choice for many of the same reasons. Fundraising galas are typically held annually to recognize an organization’s success and inspire continued support.
Tips To Maximize Your Gala Fundraising Efforts
1. Make It A Hybrid Event
When it comes to fundraising galas, you want to be able to reach as many people as possible—and it’s easier to do so than you might think.
Making it a hybrid event is one of the most effective ways to maximize your reach. This is because you’re giving audiences the opportunity to be a part of the occasion and contribute to your cause even if they can’t be there in person.
Better yet, hybrid events mean you can expand the guest list tremendously for virtual attendees rather than capping it as you would for an in-person event. Just be sure to align the in-person and virtual sides of your event for the best results.
2. Choose An Exciting Theme and Location
If you hold your fundraiser every year, then why not explore other venues that could give guests a fresh and new setting?
If you haven’t ever incorporated a theme or tend to stick to the same one every time, consider making a lasting impact by giving your guests a unique gala theme. It’ll inject some energy into the festivities—it works for the Met Gala, doesn’t it?
3. Raise Funds Creatively
Raising funds for your non-profit goes beyond selling tickets. Here are some ways you can get people to support your cause at the event:
Going once… going twice…
Whether you choose to go silent or live, auctions are fantastic ways to raise larger amounts of money for your cause. There’s also no denying that the entire process can be quite exhilarating as people start to get a bit competitive, too!
During silent auctions, bids are made on auction items and sold to the highest bidder. Typically, bids are made on paper bid sheets or mobile bidding software. From artworks and antiques to one-of-a-kind jewelry, the options for items worthy of high bids are endless.
You can’t go wrong with adding a bit of shopping into the mix. Whether it’s art or novelty items, gift shops are a fun and dainty twist to put on a fundraising gala.
Since everyone in attendance won’t want to participate in an auction, you might want to consider including a raffle draw for prizes as well. It’ll be an easier and more affordable way for guests to contribute to generating more funds.
Execute all these and you’ll be in a great place funds-wise!
4. Ensure a Seamless Donation Experience
Never overlook convenience, especially as it pertains to a seamless donation experience. Here are some strategies you could incorporate:
- Email the donation forms in advance;
- Make a scannable QR code; and
- Include a “text to donate” option.
5. Present An Inspirational Video
While galas typically have keynote speakers, there are other ways to move your audiences to join forces with you and help make a change. Sometimes, all it takes is one inspirational video to communicate your message.
From introducing the volunteers of your organization and including the testimonies from the individuals that your organization supports to featuring the major sponsors of your cause, there are plenty of stories that deserve to be told.
Create a short film that chronicles all of these inspiring narratives.
6. Team Up with an Expert Event Planner
From logistics facilitation to staffing and designing the venue, there are a ton of elements that must synergize to form a successful fundraising gala, and polishing these to perfection often requires input from the experts.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to do all the heavy lifting on your own. Teaming up with a trusted event planner will alleviate plenty of tasks off your to-do list and free up your time to focus on other important tasks—all while you rest assured that the experts are dreaming up an extraordinary fundraising gala to life.
Elevate Your Gala With The Concierge Club
We’re here to bring your gala fundraising dreams to life.
We live and breathe premium events that excite and inspire people. Our highly experienced team is composed of some of North America’s most sought-after event strategists and planners. From the conceptualization stage to the execution, we take pride in delivering top-tier strategies and results at every step.
Contact us today to start planning your fundraising gala!