Events and gatherings are transforming in the era of physical distancing. Here’s what you need to know.
COVID-19 has put in-person seminars, charity dinners, and other in-person gatherings on ice. The risks of crowds and travel are here to stay. Over the following Special Report, Future of Good will dive into the growing demand for digital events — and explain how the sector will need to reconsider key activities like programming and fundraising.
Fundraisers are among the most important sources of revenue for Canadian non-profits — 40 percent of them rely on events for revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic has put many of these events to an end, cutting off a vital source of revenue to non-profits as demand for their services grows.
Running a digital gathering is vastly different compared to an in-person conference or workshop or gala. Few social impact organizations had experience with digital events before the pandemic. And with the second wave, the future of in-person events remains uncertain.
Social isolation is one of the most severe consequences of public health restrictions intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. Building meaningful community among marginalized service users requires not only addressing persistent social inequities, but also figuring out how to keep them connected.
Networking is an essential way for social impact professionals to make new connections, find jobs, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects. Ensuring that networks remain alive during the pandemic is one important way for the sector to remain collaborative and focused at a time of great uncertainty.