The holidays are right around the corner and that typically calls for delicious finger food, golden glasses of champagne, merriment, and joy. However, things look a little different this year — or rather, a lot different. Beyond social distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent hand washing, nonprofits and other businesses need to get creative when it comes to events, especially year-end fundraisers.

In the “new normal,” adapting means taking social gatherings online. Virtual fundraisers are a great alternative to their in-person counterparts because they can be less expensive and more accessible. Navigating a virtual fundraiser may be an unexplored venture, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Here’s an idea: host a virtual fundraising event with Grin Events. We’re experts at “sleighing” interactive, engaging, and fun-filled holiday events that will put everyone in high spirits.

Virtual Fundraising How-To

For a Good Clause

Looking to fundraise for your nonprofit or business? Want to give back to your favorite organization? Having a good cause as the reason for your event will inevitably attract more attendees and help you raise more funds.

Not-So-Secret Santas

Seeking sponsors for your virtual fundraiser is a great way to keep the costs down and connect with colleagues. After all, it’s the season of giving. Reach out to local businesses, vendors, sponsors of related events, or brands that align with your values to help with event costs or provide products for prizes. There are many options to choose from, but remember, it’s best to match with a sponsor whose audience aligns with both sets of your client demographics and brand ethos.

Tickets and Tiers

After you make your sponsor list and check it twice, invite potential donors and participants of your exclusive event to attend. You can offer tickets at different tier levels of donation. Here’s an example:

  • SILVER – Standard admission to the Virtual Fundraiser Game Show
  • GOLD – Standard admission to Virtual Fundraiser Game Show with dinner via DoorDash
  • PLATINUM – Standard admission to Virtual Fundraiser Game Show with dinner via DoorDash and an online mixology lesson (supplies shipped, along with a how-to prepare the cocktail)

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate

It’s time to ring in the festivities! When all attendees have gathered online, be sure to raise your glasses and toast the holidays in a safe and socially distanced environment. After all, there’s no place like home for the holidays.

We Snow the Drill

Grin Events can host the main event, an energetic and unforgettable experience that will have everyone laughing out loud. All attendees are placed in a virtual “room” before splitting into smaller groups of 6 to 8 people to promote casual conversations and form teams. And as we like to say, let the games begin!

Silent Night Auction

Once everyone’s had their fair share of fun, hold a silent auction or raffle. You can utilize online platforms such as 32auctions for silent auctions or rallyup for raffles. An alternative is to have attendees bid using the chat feature while products are being showcased.

We suggest planning for a 2-hour event.

A Fa-la-la-lawless Fundraising Event

Virtual fundraising for the holidays doesn’t have to be a challenge. Over the last few months, virtual events have become a thing of the norm and there are many creative ways to do so. Our team at Grin Events is passionate about bringing excitement to your events and creating memorable experiences everyone will enjoy. Ready to jingle all the way?

Feel free to contact us for more details. We believe in talking to real, live humans, so you can reach us at 619-972-GRIN (4746) or