The pandemic was a scary time for everyone as no one knew what the future would hold. Businesses couldn’t be open, people couldn’t leave the house and help was on pause. Something that has changed since the pandemic is fundraising and philanthropy. With things being more online more than ever, here are some changes from the pandemic for fundraising. 

-The pandemic forced all events to become virtual. With the vaccination process starting soon, in-person events will likely not be as popular.

Most people were excited about the day when they could finally meet and gather. However, most aren’t planning on altogether abandoning the virtual event format. Virtual events have unexpected benefits, such as attracting more people and raising more funds. They also allow for a more significant number of attendees.

Most places plan on holding hybrid events, combining virtual and in-person formats to accommodate as many people as possible. To ensure that everyone has a great experience, make sure there are various ways to register and attend the event, such as online. Also plan on recording the event and sending it out after the event. The goal of these hybrid events is to encourage participation from various constituents.

Most people also noted that they don’t anticipate having many significant events in the next year. These large gatherings would likely cause health concerns, and they would not provide the opportunity for people to connect with their organization’s mission.

– Giving back online has been rising over the years but has skyrocketed due to COVID-19.

The need to go completely virtual was also a concern. Most places had to figure out how to make donations through platforms such as Zoom and whether or not they would be able to maintain their previous giving levels. Fortunately, most successfully implemented the new digital methods. 

Aside from being able to make donations online, people are also making significant commitments. Organizations planning for the upcoming year must prioritize investing in online giving. This method will allow them to reach their fundraising goals and attract more donors. One of the most critical factors that an organization can consider when implementing this strategy is the ability to reach out to its online donors.

– Due to the increasing number of donors and record-breaking gifts, it’s more critical than ever that organizations have the necessary tools and resources to manage their data.

Data is an essential component of any organization’s strategy to understand its prospects’ giving potential and should be regularly updated. However, during the COVID-19 crisis, some experienced unexpected gaps in their data. Individuals and institutional donors came through with support that exceeded their expectations.

The response to the pandemic has reinforced the importance of having a comprehensive and accurate data set. This approach can help organizations make informed decisions regarding their programs and goals. It can also help them develop a strategy to improve their staffing and resources.

– During the COVID-19 crisis, foundations provided organizations more flexibility in funding decisions. This trend is expected to continue as more organizations look to improve their operations and resources.

In response to the need created by COVID, many foundations eased their requirements for grant applicants. The reduction of paperwork has been a welcomed change for many organizations. In addition to being able to support more organizations, they also need to continue demonstrating their value to the community. Several people suggested that organizations should consider implementing other direct ideas to improve their operations.

Some people expressed gratitude to the foundations for their continuous support and for reducing the number of applications and reports. They also noted that the new protocols in their reports have helped improve the effectiveness of their operations.