Picture a gala … only with no tuxedos, no passed hors d’oeuvres and no band. Enter the realm of the “virtual gala.” The virtual gala is a one-of a kind fundraising “event” for which all the activities of a traditional fundraising gala are simulated online. Organizations reduce costs and can raise more. Considering busy schedules and recent health concerns, it recognizes that people may want to support your cause, without necessarily feeling the need to show up, in person.
The virtual gala takes place either on a specific date or during a set campaign time frame. People are invited by invitation (print or digital), similar to a real event — complete with virtual tickets and sponsorships levels. The event unfolds via an online platform, such as Event Journal, which would serve as the unifying hub for some of the following elements:
- Digital Ad Journal
- Live-stream interviews with speakers & honorees
- Online mission video “watch party”
- Online pledging
- Online auction / raffle
- Social media participation / feeds
- Contests to elicit audience participation / video submissions
- Home delivery of a gourmet dinner for top-level sponsors
- Small, intimate meet & greet with major donors, (at later date)
Think about the following: What is your organization doing to help during the current situation and can this effort be publicized to help solicit needed funds? What is important *right now* to your supporters? Can you expand the time frame of your effort, so that your online platform has longevity?
Event Journal is uniquely positioned to be the “go-to” source for your virtual gala. We provide a robust and elegant online platform, that becomes the virtual home for your event. On this event website, we highlight your honorees, your event’s mission and your sponsor ads. The integrated shopping cart handles all event transactions, including virtual tickets, sponsorships, digital journal ads and donations.