In May of 2020, I hosted a Virtual Philanthropy Events webinar with Foundation Board Member Rebecca Zanatta to explore virtual event ideas, logistics, and questions. It was wonderful to connect with chapter officers and advisors about how we can best navigate and move forward in planning and executing virtual philanthropy events. So let’s continue the conversation!
Watch the recorded webinar today and keep in mind our key takeaways below!
10 Key Takeaways
#1. Get creative
You are among Alpha Phi’s best and brightest! Get inspired and think of ways to engage your audience on a virtual level. Check out Tau (Oregon)’s Philo Instagram highlight for details on their virtual Alpha Phifa!
#2. GiveSmart is your friend
We are grateful to partner with GiveSmart and to have already integrated it into our fundraising plans. Alpha Phi members continue to use this tool to host auctions and collect donations online.
#3. Expand and think strategically about your audience
Virtual events allow you to invite everyone! Think about the event you’re hosting and communicate with each of your audience groups based on how you’d like for them to get involved! For example, are you asking for donations, in-kind contributions, participation, or social media support?
#4. Communicate with your donors
Use phone, email, and social media to make up for the lost in-person touchpoints. You can use GiveSmart’s email and texting features to easily communicate with your attendees and donors before, during, and after your event.
#5. Consider what you can do virtually
Event aspects such as decorations, music, and seating arrangements won’t apply to your virtual event, but event speakers, videos, and senior ceremonies can still happen with a little finesse and magic!
#6. Don’t forget your finances
Your virtual event won’t require an expensive venue or catering, but there may be new costs you haven’t considered. Work with your VP of Finance and advisory board to plan and prepare for any possible finances associated with your event.
#7. Reach out to local and corporate companies
COVID-19 has had a major economic impact in our communities, but local and corporate businesses may still be willing to work with you on securing in-kind donations and sponsorships for your event.
#8. Do your research
If you are planning on utilizing a third-party website for an aspect of your virtual event (e.g. a virtual gaming site), look into the website first, connect with someone from the company with your questions, and make sure your advisor and Alpha Phi Fraternity review contracts and agreements prior to signing up with them.
#9. Be realistic about your goals
#10. Our mission is more important than ever
Thank you for your continued support of Alpha Phi Foundation! For any philanthropy and event planning questions, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for the launch of our new Virtual Philanthropy Events Toolkit in August and watch the recorded Virtual Philanthropy Events webinar today.