The Virtual Gala: Making Giving Easy

Dee Dee Kiesow

Covid brought the digital world front and center in the fundraising world. Galas became virtual galas where guests could show up from the comfort of their home and give their contributions alongside other like-minded donors during an exciting, meaningful, fun event. When done right, the Virtual Gala is a great way raise funds and friends while keeping the production costs way down.

In this session, find out:

  • The best way to hold a virtual fundraiser in the moment, live and with no delays
  • Tips for creating income-generating opportunities every minute of the event until the final gift is made
  • What a “Wow Box” is, and why it’s so important to the overall success of your event
  • How best for the donors to transfer their gifts to you
  • Secrets to assure an off-the-charts show-up rate
  • The optimal length of a Virtual Gala
  • And much more!

Fundraising guru Dee Dee Kiesow shares her success stories with us in this entertaining and informative session about joyful giving and in-the-moment gratitude for donors that makes them want to return again and again and invite their like-minded friends the next time.

Our Gift:
You will have a special opportunity to receive Dee Dee Kiesow's newest book, “Fundraising in the Post-Pandemic World,” as a complimentary download before it goes to Amazon in a few weeks. (A $20 gift)



Performing Arts Facilities and the Culture Wars: Life on the Front Lines

Duncan Webb

Doug McLennan; Kelly Tweeddale; Rachel Moore


WPerforming Arts Facilities and the Culture Wars: Life on the Front lines

Performing arts facilities are being drawn into the culture wars as American society becomes increasingly politicized and polarized. Facility managers are having to deal with a range of difficult challenges, including open-carry laws, anti-vaxxers, artists sharing political views from the stage, first amendment rights and the basic question of whether arts facilities should be neutral sites welcoming all in the community or activist organizations pursuing justice and other progressive viewpoints for their communities.

Please join us for a lively panel discussion with facility managers and other experts as we dig into these questions and hear from the men and women having to navigate these difficult challenges on a daily basis.




Christina Salerno



(Webinars and Roundtables are at 11:00 a.m. PST. You will receive recordings of all webinars and roundtables.)

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New From our sponsor, The Wallace Foundation:

What can the arts sector learn from arts organizations of color about community engagement and financial health?

Fifth panel in Wallace’s arts conversation series examines what leaders of arts organizations with deep roots in communities of color see as the keys to their success, as well as what they have learned while navigating crises, including COVID-19.

How Can Arts Organizations Respond to What Communities Need Most?

Fourth panel in Wallace’s Arts Conversation Series examines ways in which cultural organizations can adapt to be more responsive to diverse audiences’ needs.

How Can Nonprofit Arts Organizations Plan for the Future with So Many Unknowns?

Part of Wallace’s arts conversation series, this panel examines how organizations can approach scenario planning in light of COVID-19, the reckoning with racial justice and other pressing factors.

What Can Organizations Learn from High-Performing and Turnaround Arts Organizations?

Second panel in Wallace's arts conversation series examines how organizations can maintain relevance and resiliance through COVID-19, economic pressures and the national reckoning with racial justice.

What Audiences Want from the Arts as the Pandemic Rages On

Panelists in the first installment of Wallace's arts conversation series examine how COVID-19 and urgent conversations about racial justice are transforming the arts.

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