Nonprofits Can Shift to Virtual Events
The nonprofit sector isn’t the only one affected by event cancellations. Professional organizations have been scrambling to adapt their gatherings as well, as they also depend on the revenue from these events to fund other initiatives. One solution they’ve arrived at is still holding the event, but through a different medium.
“All of those events are actually being translated into virtual events,” said Ravichandran. “There is an opportunity to still get people together, but get them together in a virtual way.”
Nonprofits can do the same thing. Organizations can use videoconferencing tools to hold live events. Not only can speeches and presentations be livestreamed, but potential donors can engage through comments and chat tools, creating real-time interaction that mimics what attendees would’ve experienced at a live event.
If it’s not possible to have live presentations, organizations can upload videos in the style of a webinar. The presentations can span different topics and goals, engaging donors on their own time. Nonprofits will need to make sure their networks can handle a high volume of activity, or they may lose donations.
Other Platforms Nonprofits Can Use to Raise Money
In-person fundraising, regardless of whether it’s tied to an event, is limited, meaning organizations are going to need to reach potential donors in other ways. Nonprofits that are keeping track of their donor data can use that information along with customer relationship management software to create targeted campaigns.
Social distancing also places a higher value on mobile giving. Reaching donors where they are with their smartphone or tablet can be crucial to maintaining a flow of donations. Making the process simple with things like text to donate tools, mobile applications and mobile-friendly web pages can be the difference between getting a donation or losing a donor.
Finally, nonprofits have to make sure that their electronic donation systems are strong, as that will be the primary way people will be able to give. Networks need to be able to handle high volume, and the information being given by donors needs to be protected. Without the right infrastructure in place, those who don’t have another way to give might never come back.
Being forced to cancel live events is a blow to nonprofits. But by going virtual and using donor data to increase targeted campaigns, organizations can keep donors engaged and giving.