Our blog on fundraising & events

Live Event COVID Protocols

Live Event COVID Protocols

As in-person events begin to make a comeback, we are working with our clients to plan events that are safe and follow state and local COVID protocols. Here are a few considerations: Vaccination Requirements Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours...

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How to Mitigate No Shows at your Next Virtual Event

How to Mitigate No Shows at your Next Virtual Event

Despite the ease and convenience of virtual events, as many as half of the people who plan to attend virtual nonprofit events don’t follow through. How can you encourage your community to show up? Here are our top tips to help alleviate no-shows in the virtual world. ...

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  You may recognize this quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It suggests that names themselves do not hold worth nor meaning, and they simply act as labels to distinguish one thing or person...

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To Hybrid or Not To Hybrid?

To Hybrid or Not To Hybrid?

GFS Events provided event management and logistical support to Washington Apple Education Foundation for two hybrid luncheons that took place on Monday July 26 at the Wenatchee Convention Center and Monday August 2nd at the Yakima Convention Center. These were two...

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Five Elements to Remember when Returning to In-Person Event

Five Elements to Remember when Returning to In-Person Event

Do you remember in-person events with table linens, centerpieces and cocktail hours? We do! We’ve hauled our fair share of decor and supplies to many events. But over the last 17 months, we have been planning and executing virtual events which have not required any...

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Website & Marketing Top Tips

Website & Marketing Top Tips

Whether you are planning an in-person, virtual, or hybrid fundraiser, it is important to make the process for your donors easy and to use your website effectively. Your organization’s website is the first place your donor goes when they search for more information...

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Hybrid Events in 2021: The Ellen Show vs. The Oscars

Hybrid Events in 2021: The Ellen Show vs. The Oscars

In 2020, COVID-19 accelerated the need for virtual fundraising. Online platforms offered a way forward for those non-profit organizations who were forced to cancel their in-person events. As we helped our clients make the switch, we saw clear benefits: increasing...

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Add the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising

Add the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising

Engaging events! We all crave them. Nonprofits need to captivate donors during in-person events and even more so in the virtual world. Whether we add live music to a Zoom event or a magic act to a livestream, bringing your online fundraiser to life is vital to...

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Strike a Pose

Strike a Pose

How do you engage donors in the virtual realm when every other organization is competing for their attention? There are clever and fun ways to draw in your donors just by thinking outside the box! Here are two unique virtual online events we produced that allowed our...

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Dessert Dash Reimagined

Dessert Dash Reimagined

“Table 5, you collectively bid $4,500...go dash for your dessert!” shouts the Auctioneer.  At table 5, a woman dressed to the nines jumps from her seat and runs as fast as she can in her heels to the dessert tables. There are so many exquisite sweets to choose from...

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