Fundraising Blog

4 Helpful Fundraising Ideas For Getting The Most Out Of Your Donations

When pulling together the necessary parts of a successful campaign, you need to use all of the tools at your disposal.

That’s why choosing what fundraising platform is best for you has such an impact. 

At GalaBid, we’re dedicated to helping you learn how fundraising works, and to assisting you with all of your fundraising needs - whether you’re hosting an international Charity Gala Ball or a local School Fundraiser.

Here are some of our favourite fundraising ideas that can help you increase your donations!

1. Projector Displays

To encourage engagement amongst your participants, you can design personalised displays to be shown at your venue.

Our Projector Displays incorporate several donation-specific features, such as:

  • Target Donation Amount, to provide your donors with a shared fundraising goal
  • Customisable Donations Thermometer, which fills up incrementally as participants donate
  • End of Event Timer or Countdown, to hype up attendees, which can be set to your selected time frame
  • Donations Notification Pop-Up, which engages participants by displaying their name and the amount donated every time they place a donation
  • Total Raised Tracker, which is directly linked to your selection of campaign items, including the option to include Silent Auction or Donation items only
  • Honour Roll, which lists each donation made by your participants in a customisable scrolling list across the screen
Example of live displays for in person fundraising events.

2. Homepage

Create your own Homepage complete with personalised widgets that take your participants directly to the specific sections you’d like to promote within your campaign. 

Our user-friendly Branding feature allows you to upload images to create Homepage Widgets, which can be used to position donations front and centre, or even encourage participants to visit an external donations link. 

All widgets are completely customisable, and a Homepage is a great choice to use as a landing page for your campaign, as it guarantees that all participants who register to your campaign will see your promoted items.

Example of custom home page

3. Promote Item Notifications

Would you like to give your participants a chance to donate after the auction? 

Our communications feature enables a stress-free end of auction. When your Silent Auction ends, all participants who have won an item will be directly sent an automatic notification congratulating them on their winning bid and directing them to pay their invoice.

But what about participants who haven’t won any final bids? 

With our ‘Promo-Item’ feature, you can select which Donations item you’d like to promote and include a link directly to your selected item in the messages that are sent out to unsuccessful participants. The message will thank them for their support, and will suggest further supporting your campaign by following the link and making a donation. You can customise the text if you’d prefer to write your own message, and the notification can be sent via SMS or email. 

4. Pledge Drive

Another great fundraising strategy is hosting a Pledge Drive. With our fundraising software, you can either host a Pledge Drive in person at your Gala Event or exclusively to your online participants. 

You’ll have the option to take direct instant payments from your participants, or to allow your attendees to make pledges to pay later. 

Either way, you’ll be protected by our secure payment gateway, which ensures safe, secure payments for you and your participants. 

Make the most out of your event, and use these tips to engage your participants and encourage higher fundraising success! For more tips on how to run a Silent Auction, check out our other articles below.

About GalaBid

GalaBid is CrowdComms’ fundraising software, developed inhouse, which facilitates bidding, donations, purchases, payment for and management of all fundraising activities before and during live fundraising events, galas, golf days etc.


More Posts