Finding creative ways to raise funds while truly engaging your donors virtually is one of the keys to hosting a successful virtual gala. If this is your first time planning one, or if you're looking to do something different this time around, here are some tips we've learned along the way along with a sample run of show template you can use!

We recommend an event time of 60 minutes and encourage you to finish the majority of your fundraising early on and then move into the entertainment.

A typical run of show generally includes:

  • Closing of Silent Auction (which opens about a week before the event)

  • A pre-recorded or live video of the Executive Director/Founder welcoming the attendees

  • Leading into an impact video of programming

  • Fund-A-Need campaign

  • Another video/speaker/entertainment

  • Live Auction

  • Last Virtual Hero/Another Fundraising Game

  • Close the event with live music or keynote speaker

Of course you can customize this however you'd like to whatever best fits your organization and what you think your donors would enjoy!

If you want to see a template of what a typical run of show spreadsheet looks like, click here.

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