Resources for Running an e-Gala & Auction

In the spirit of sharing tools and resources with the nonprofit industry, we have dedicated this page for resources on running and messaging a virtual fundraiser. In April of 2020, our team converted an in-person event to an online event while our county was in stay-at-home orders.

Our themed costume party complete with plans for a live band and dancing in a historic downtown venue was transitioned to “The Family Couch” e- Gala and Auction.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Funds Support: Student-centered learning at The Colorado Springs School

Archive of auction items

We’ve re-imagined our annual Gala & Auction fundraiser this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will bring the e-Gala & Auction to the comforts of your living room. This will be an incredible time to “gather” our community and uplift each others’ spirits. Kids are welcomed! We are designing a fun-filled program, including a dance party. There will still be online bidding and donation opportunity for those who can be generous during this time! All “Raise Your Paddle ” donations are eligible for the Colorado Childcare Tax Credit and federally deductible under the specifications outlined in the CARE Act.

Tax ID: 84-0517369

Communication Toolbox for Running an e-Gala & Auction

In April of 2020, CSS hosted one of the region’s first e-Gala & Auction events, resulting in a budget-busting $147,000 in net revenue as well as pioneering a sense of community togetherness during stay-at-home orders. Since this time, the school has shared its innovative plan and approach with schools and nonprofits across the community and the country allowing others to reimagine their critical fundraising events into philanthropic successes during COVID-19.

The gala committee converted the event from an in-person social occasion drawing 175 guests to an event welcoming over 400 guests (including children and grandparents). The planning occurred in just 17 days while restricted by stay-at-home orders.

Platform for ticket sales, online bidding, credit card payments, sponsorships -
2020 e-Gala & Auction Coming to Your Living Room -
Pre-Order Your e-Gala Family Meal Ticket and Wine -
2020 e-Gala & Auction Pre-Party and Virtual Happy Hours -
Carryout at CSS: Directions for Picking Up Your e-Gala Dinner and Wine -
The Family Couch: A Guide to e-Gala & Auction -
Reminder: The Family Couch: A Guide to e-Gala & Auction is Tonight! -
The Family Couch: A Guide to e-Gala & Auction is Still Going On! -
e-Gala Celebrated Uncommon Moments of Togetherness -