Virtual Fundraising, Special Events, and AI Generated Fundraisers

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Eastern Time

A Program

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Click Here to Register for Live Program and Receive Recording $119

Virtual fundraising has quickly become a major trend for nonprofits of all sizes. With the expanding popularity of livestreaming technology and other generated event tools, virtual fundraising is primed as a continual and viable option for future fundraisers.

Traditional events like galas and cocktail receptions can be less effective for both long-time and younger generation donors. But the use of virtual technology for event planning is breathing new life into its fundraising efficacy.

Artificial intelligence (AI) can also assist in customizing events for maximum giving including with donor segmentation and targeting, predictive analytics, and real-time analytics. This course will provide you with tips & tools for rolling out dynamic and contemporary Special Events, small and large scale, live and virtual, and AI supported.

Highlights Include:

  • Virtual fundraising ideas and tangible strategies for the most impactful special events in 2023 and beyond
  • Utilizing AI to make data-driven decisions on event planning, such as choosing the right timing, venue, and theme to maximize participation and donations.
  • Creative ways to transform Annual events - Live, virtual, AI generated, and hybrid
  • Holding on to what works: Intimate cultivation events - Dinner parties and "Parlor Meetings"
  • Technology at work for you: Virtual Journals and Silent Auctions, Text-to-Pledge, and more
  • Tapping into AI for expanding your donor base through virtual and non-traditional events
  • Interactive events to engage younger donors: marathons, concerts, peer-to-peer events, and more


Bill Edelstein is a consultant specializing in helping not-for-profits develop diversified revenue streams. He holds Advanced Degrees in Education and Not-for-Profit Development. His professional work is focused on Donor Relations and Fundraising. Bill is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

Bill Edelstein


I participated in the P2P webinar which, by the way, was amazing. Thanks for all the information you shared. - Elliot, Adcieo

Thank you Bill!! I enjoyed the presentation, in fact one of the best I have attended in some time. - Wendy, Ferris State University

A great Grant Writing Class 101! - Cheryl, Tulane University

Keep up the great work. Really glad I was able to join today. - Anna, Community Bridges

Thanks so much for an amazing Webinar.  So much info there.  I’ve already sent my notes to the fundraisers but I am glad they will be getting your recording! - Diana, St. Joseph Center

Thank you for your time and effort teaching this course – I am really enjoying participating with other ‘students’! - Liz, AFTD

GREAT CLASSES! - Karen, Chicago Urban League

I’d like to thank you once again for the great virtual facilitation and training sessions. You were patient, understanding, engaging, and checked in with us on our learning in several ways. I admit that this is a very busy time for me as it is reporting season so I wasn’t able to participate in the homework the way I would have liked. I was so grateful that I felt nothing but understanding from you and was able to learn so much from your sessions! - Clarinda, United Way of Central Minnesota

Thank you Bill. I found the course helpful because you provided a comprehensive overview of all the moving parts with grants management and specific resources to help. - Julia, Wings for Kids