Giving to a nonprofit can be a great way to help others, but it can be challenging to know where your money can do the most good. One option is attending a gala or benefit event. Galas are fundraising events that offer attendees the chance to support causes in person and have fun at the same time. But what exactly is a gala? And how can you give back when you attend one? Here are some answers.
What is a Gala?
A gala is a party or social gathering for entertainment, often held to raise money for a cause. Gala events take place throughout the year to give opportunities for different people to attend. These events are held all over the world, with different themes depending on the season. For example, you might see a spring gala at an old theater with flowers on every table. During Christmas time, there could be lights, hot cocoa, festive entertainment, and holiday singalongs. What is a gala? In short, it’s a social gathering that brings in a lot of money for nonprofit organizations.
Donate an Item for the Silent or Live Auction
Many gala events leverage silent auctions to bring in additional donations to support the cause. They rely on businesses and individuals to donate high-ticket items that gala attendees can bid on. The nonprofit hosting the gala gets the donations, and the person who bids on the item gets to take it home. Donating an item for a silent or live auction is a great way to support your organization.
Bid on Silent Auction Items
The silent auction is a great way to get your name out there and support the event’s cause. Bidding on items at this type of event is simple and fun. To bid, take a look at the item’s description and decide how much you would be willing to pay for it. If you are unsure about how much an item should cost, check online. Don’t bid more than you can afford. Save up some extra cash beforehand so that if you win something, you don’t have any trouble paying for it when you win.
Buy Advertising Space in the Program Booklet
Many gala organizers create a program booklet that details the night’s activities. They may include personal stories of people who were impacted by the organizations as well as advertising space and recognition of gala sponsors. Organizations rely on companies and individuals to make donations that not only fund the event but can go back into their mission.
Buy Tickets and Bring Friends
Another great way that donors can give to a gala is to buy tickets and bring friends to the event. You can even bring along people who are considering giving to the organization to give them a firsthand glimpse of what the nonprofit does and how it impacts others. The more people who attend, the more money the organization will raise.
Host a Table
Another way to give to your favorite charity is to host a table. Hosting a table gives you the opportunity to support your favorite cause in style. At many galas, you can make your impact by “buying out” a table and inviting friends and family members to attend. If the gala is serving dinner, it could cost $1200 or more to host an entire table. In addition to raising money for good causes and celebrating with other like-minded individuals, hosting tables helps build relationships between individuals and organizations. It can even help you make connections with people who support the same causes as you do.
Volunteer to Do Something The Night of the Gala
If you’re interested in donating to a charity gala but aren’t sure how to go about it, there are plenty of ways you can give back. The best way to support the organization is by volunteering your time at the event+. You can choose to be a greeter that welcomes guests as they arrive, helps people find their seats, and passes out gala programs. If you’re a photographer, this is another way that you can give back. Photographers take pictures of attendees and auction items during the gala so they can be used for future marketing purposes by the charity or its sponsors.