Virtual Fundraising Event Management
Certificate OD

Virtual Fundraising Event Management Certificate OD

Course Overview

Non-profits are canceling, rethinking, and transforming their planned fundraising events, with many deciding to take their events online. Virtual fundraisers can be a successful way to keep bringing in essential revenue and continue connecting with donors – if planned strategically. This course is designed to provide non-profit organizations with the knowledge, guidance, and tools required to transition live fundraising events to virtual environments successfully.



  • Gain an understanding of best practices for virtual fundraising events.
  • Develop a virtual fundraising event strategy that includes the key elements
    to make them successful.
  • Learn how to transform traditional galas into an online format and how to use
    other non-traditional event structures to maximize fundraising opportunities
    now and to move forward.
  • Understand how to balance organizational needs with the demands of
    creating positive guest experiences.

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Please note that this course focuses specifically on the fundraising components of virtual events and not on how to produce a virtual event. Therefore, it is recommended that learners complete the Virtual Event & Meeting Management Certificate course along with this course for a comprehensive look at producing virtual events. 

Event Leadership Institute has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of continuing education on all professional development certificate courses, which qualifies for CMP continuing education credit. Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Learn From An Industry Expert

New York-based event designer Lindsay Landman has produced innovative fundraising galas, weddings, and special events in New York and around the globe since 2001. Her company, Lindsay Landman Events, is a market leader in the unique integration of event planning, design, and production.

Landman is the planner of choice for the country’s most influential business and technology leaders who regularly seek her creative touch balanced with her strong focus on thoughtful and detailed execution. She thrives on designing complicated multi-day celebrations, building unique and challenging event environments, and debunking the complex puzzles of advanced event production. In addition, Landman and her team have helped nonprofits in every sector raise millions of dollars to support their missions with a special focus on developing event-specific fundraising strategies and creating thoughtful sponsorship opportunities for corporate and individual donors.

Lindsay is an experienced event industry educator and sought-after speaker who has addressed elite audiences at Engage!, BizBash Elevate, The Knot Pro, and others on event design, wedding planning, leadership, business development, and branding.

In 2020, Lindsay shared her expertise in virtual events with the New York Times, Fast Company, and Domino and VOGUE, Harper’sBAZAAR and BRIDES named Lindsay Landman Events on their lists of the best wedding planners in the world.

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Module 1: Introduction

  • The value of virtual fundraising events
  • The virtual fundraising event landscape
  • How to establish goals and strategy, and adapt fundraising targets and sales strategies
  • Virtual fundraising event formats

Module 2: Virtual Event Technology

  • Understanding the various technology components for a virtual fundraising event
  • The technology management roles to plan for
  • Maximizing virtual branding opportunities

Module 3: Strategic Planning

  • Developing a fundraising strategy and how to rethink giving levels
  • How to craft an organizational message and acknowledge sponsors
  • Tips for engaging guests pre- and throughout the event
  • Creating networking opportunities
  • Recognizing high-level donors and sponsors

Module 4: Execution and Planning Future Virtual Event Fundraisers

  • Budgeting for a virtual fundraising event and comparing virtual vs. live event
  • Best practices for a successful virtual event fundraiser
  • Using data and what you learned to plan the next fundraiser

Assessments & Grading

Minimum course passing grade: 75%

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What students say about ELI certificate courses

  • "“I learned so much from this course, and am proud to put having taken it on my resume. I would absolutely recommend it to others.”"

    Libby R.
    Events Manager, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
  • "“This is an amazing course, and you are doing a FABULOUS job with the training!!! Even though I’ve been meeting planning for over 20 years, I am learning so much detail!""

    Tami F.
  • "“Thank you for this great course! I have been a program manager for Medical education programs for over 8 years and it has been helpful to think about events other than educational meetings!“"

    Valeta C.
    Program Associate, Univerisity of Nebraska, College of Nursing
  • "“When evaluating new candidates for full time or freelance staff, one of the first things we take into consideration is the person’s legitimate, industry-specific education. A certificate from E.L.I. tells us they are on the right track.”"

    Rob H.
    Partner, Empire Force Events
  • "“A credential from the Event Leadership Institute carries a lot of weight with us. Given the quality and depth of their content, we know they train people for the rigorous demands of our industry, and come to work ready to hit the ground running.”"

    Adam S.
    Managing Director, Sequence Events

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