Virtual Fundraising Events That Work: Tips & Trends

Welcome to the 4th Installment of the 2020 Cause Conference Summer Webinar Series

What attendees will learn:

  • Unique ways to approach event-based fundraising virtually.

  • Changes/shifts/biggest considerations when moving from in-person events to virtual.

  • Trends and feedback from attendees on what they love and hate about virtual fundraising.

  • Happy, unexpected surprises ūüôā

Join us on Aug 18th at 11am PT for a discussion around virtual fundraising events and best practices for organizations looking to increase effectiveness during these unprecedented times.

Date / Time / Format:

  • Date: 8/18/2020

  • Time: 11am-12pm PT

  • Format: Moderated Panel with Q&A (on Zoom)

Who is this event good for?

  • Nonprofit fundraising leaders transitioning from in-person to virtual fundraising auctions/events, corporate donors, and sponsors seeking ideas for virtual event engagement.

Register Here

Our Awesome Speakers

Renee Zau – Co-founder & CEO of DonationMatch

Renee started volunteering with fundraising auctions nearly 20 years ago when pursuing cause partnerships for her small businesses. Experiencing firsthand the arduous and inefficient process of securing auction donations, as well as challenges of finding events to partner with her businesses, she launched DonationMatch, a matchmaking-like platform that enables donor companies and nonprofit organizations to more effectively find and manage in-kind corporate engagement.

To date, DonationMatch has facilitated more than $77 million worth of in-kind donations to 53k+ events.


Sherry Truhlar, CMP, BAS, CAI – President of Red Apple Auctions

Sherry Truhlar is President of Red Apple Auctions, a benefit auction firm running both virtual and traditional galas.  Since 2005, nonprofits and schools have partnered with her to improve the profitability of their fundraisers.  She serves as a playful auctioneer onstage and a trusted resource offstage, speaking at AFP regional events (Planet Philanthropy, Bridge Conference) and providing insight via The NonProfit Times, Florida’s Sun Sentinel, Town & Country, The Washington Post Magazine, Missouri Meetings & Events, Vineyard Gazette and others.

Though based in the Washington, D.C. area, she maintains her bliss by sidestepping the political scene.


Barbara Bellissimo – Director of Development & Communications of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

Barbara Bellissimo is currently the Director of Development & Communications at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the only comprehensive social services organization on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Before joining MVCS in 2018, she held executive positions at nonprofits supporting public education in Kentucky and California. Barbara has held founding executive director positions at two community foundations (Palo Alto, CA and Martha’s Vineyard, MA), and led development teams at several organizations focused on education and high school engagement. Barbara has also consulted with many nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising and strategic planning, and with individuals in the areas of leadership and life/career transition.

Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Barbara led marketing teams at Apple and several Internet service providers. She also co-founded Privada, a global Internet privacy services company that created patented technology to allow individuals to control the dissemination of their personal information over the Internet. She’s the best-selling author of Become Your Own Great and Powerful: A Woman’s Guide to Leading Your Real, Big Life, and her insights have been featured in Forbes, Women’s Health, Thrive Global, National Public Radio, and The New York Times.