As with any other year, the end of 2019 leading into January 2020 was an exciting time for those of us at the intersection of fundraising and technology. Tech predictions for 2020 showed an increased use of technology and software for the upcoming year, and fundraising professionals began to plan for the expanded capabilities this would afford.
When it comes to moving forward with your planned event in this time of uncertainty during a worldwide pandemic, transitioning to a virtual event is one of the safest and most cost-effective options your nonprofit can consider.
Now that we’re over halfway through 2020, it’s clear that unpredictability is one of the few things the nonprofit sector can count on going forward. The challenges of responding to a global pandemic and its broader economic impacts have certainly been unprecedented.
Virtual events have skyrocketed in popularity over the past year. Due to current social distancing guidelines and the postponement of most in-person events, many organizations and businesses across the board have turned to digital alternatives to engage their constituents and ensure that their previous offerings can still take place. Nonprofits too have increased their virtual efforts in order to sustain their fundraising and continue connecting with donors during this time.
In recent months, nonprofits, for-profits, and associations alike have all had to quickly pivot operations for greater virtual accessibility and communications. As you’re likely already aware, this was due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fundraising efforts had to be rescheduled and working from home became the new normal. All events had to be canceled, postponed, or altered— something that represented a huge challenge for organizations large and small.
Events are not just a gathering of people - they are stories you tell to the world. They are a way to elevate conversations around the topics that you are focused on, engage new people, and encourage active participation. As a result, doors for collaborative opportunities can open and/or the laying down of a framework for meaningful action to take place.
A lot of nonprofit event managers and coordinators have to wear multiple hats. On top of planning conferences, fundraising events, workshops and other program events, event specialists still have to handle 1,000 other things at their nonprofit. How can they manage events and stay on top of everything else? There is no simple solution, but there are some technologies that can help.
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Planning events requires patience, attention to detail, excellent organization skills, and most of all time: the most precious resource that most people don’t have these days. What I need is a tool than can streamline the process for me so I can focus on the event content to ensure its success. Eventbrite is it.