Virtual Fundraising Events

When COVID-19 had some organizations cancelling or postponing their annual fundraiser, I shepherded many non-profits through the difficult first year of COVID-19, facilitating memorable virtual auctions that got rave reviews from guests and board members alike.  Now, as more communities permit in-person events I’m helping  them plan virtual, hybrid and in-person galas.

Do virtual fundraisers raise the same kind of money as in-person events did? The answer is yesThe results for virtual events have been spectacular! Organizations raised nearly the same, and often far more, than their in-person events.  By combining in-person guests and virtual donors, hybrid events have the potential to raise even more.

A Virtual Gala lets you reach a wider audience to be inspired by your message and support your cause. Just like your in-person galas, your guests can donate to your Fund-A-Need and bid on live and silent auction items. You can even do “extras” like wine pulls, games, prize drawings and more.

My “Take Care of Everything” virtual  gala services make it easy to turn your annual non-profit fundraiser into a fun and exciting virtual or hybrid event—and beat your fundraising goal! I treat every event like it’s my own not just because I love what I do but also because I believe your organization’s success determines mine.

My Virtual Fundraising Gala Services

I’ll work closely with you and your team to guide you through the process from beginning to end to create an event that’s entertaining, spotlights your mission, and exceeds your fundraising revenue goal. When you work with me, you get the following:
  • Professional Fundraising Auctioneer to conduct your Fund-A-Need and live auction
  • A high-energy performance to engage and entertain viewers, bring people together as a community to give, and exceed your fundraising goals.
  • I can be your host (or co-host along with your emcee, if you have one)
  • Unlimited pre-event consultation
    • Together, we’ll determine the type of virtual gala that works best for you.
    • We will strategize how to achieve your revenue goals using the run of show (what happens when), Fund-A-Need, matching challenges, live auction, and online silent auction
    • Maximize donations with messaging, presentations, and communication campaigns that work
    • Clarify staff and volunteer roles and duties
    • I’ll provide guidance on A/V and production options and requirements, event management and mobile bidding/giving software, webinar and live streaming solutions.
  • In a nutshell—everything you need!
  • Professional Production Team option to manage the entire virtual gala broadcast, which includes technology, A/V, production, live streaming, and video switching.
  • Multiple pre-event rehearsals
  • Post-gala debrief and report

Keep your annual gala momentum going and don’t let this year be a missed opportunity.  Contact me today for a free consultation to learn how to make your 2021 fundraiser a huge success!

Jerry, I just wanted to say thank you, for two reasons: First, it's been a pleasure working with you; you're a true professional and you make us sound so great! The fact that we rocked our fundraising goal was due to the excitement you brought to it, and the virtual gala logistics that you were so on top of. Second, I've worked for non-profits my whole career and I think it's awesome the role that you play for non-profits - right where the rubber meets the road, so to speak - at the "ask". You make a big difference. Thanks again!

Hospice East Bay

Look no further! Jerry is the emcee/auctioneer you've been hoping to find. A true professional, Jerry has a strong work ethic, authenticity, keen intuition, and the right balance of energy, humor and "let's do this" spirit on stage. Jerry worked with us every step of the way as we transitioned from an in person gala to a virtual online event. He did what needed to be done to ensure this first time event succeeded. He made himself available every step of the way and sometimes at a moments notice. He provided valuable input on the auction and fund-a-need and we benefited from his experience. He exceeded our expectations and so did our fundraising! Thanks Jerry!

Lafayette Library and Learning Center