Our blog on fundraising & events
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...
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. ...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
Volunteers are your biggest fans, greatest donors, and most dedicated workers for your nonprofit. Keeping your volunteers motivated, excited, and engaged is key to your success as an organization. How do you do this? Show appreciation. The most meaningful gift they...
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...
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...
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...
“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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They more than tripled the amount they had raised the previous year!
“I worked with the GFS Events Team on the Taste of the Valley auction for the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance recently. I was so impressed! They more than TRIPLED the amount they had raised the previous year because of GFS’s excellent connections and organization of volunteers. Those are results to brag about! In addition, I heard people throughout the evening, including the auctioneer, say that this was one of the best events they had ever attended.”
GFS Events helped us coordinate a large fundraising event, and it was flawless!
“Being brand new to the nonprofit fundraising world, I wouldn’t have known where to even begin without their support. Everyone we worked with at GFS Events was a true professional, listened to what we wanted, and helped us find creative solutions that worked within our budget. They were highly organized and skilled at moving our planning forward in a way that never felt rushed or overwhelming. They really shined on event day, where everything ran like a well-oiled machine.”
Highly recommend GFS for fundraising and events.
Vice President, Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation
Gazala and her team provide valuable insight
“I worked with an organization that typically brought in a fundraising assistant each year and instead, we decided to hire GFS events and I absolutely believe it was the best choice. Not only did they provide a skilled auction coordinator to help us plan and execute our second virtual event, as importantly, Gazala and her team provided valuable expertise in guiding us with options and decisions to consider throughout the process. I highly recommend GFS!”
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
Proud to have exceeded our fundraising goal by $40,000!
“We had the pleasure of working with Sarah at GFS to spearhead our Spring Salon Fundraiser (virtual program) for our non-profit, Key to Change. Her design sense and branding for our event was on point and made our entire presentation look professional and engaging. The fundraising platform GFS recommended, Auctria, was easy to use for our donors and the way Sarah designed everything made it all over the top. We were proud to have exceeded our fundraising goal by $40,000! GFS’ fees were certainly money well spent. Would highly recommend!”
Key to Change