Hosting an online party is a great way to engage yourself and your community in meaningful action to fund local organizing, win elections, and build power that lasts. Our goal is to provide you with the tools, resources, and support you need to host a wildly successful online party for the Movement Voter Project.
We’re so fortunate to have a suite of tools that make it easier for us to gather online, but let’s be real: digital parties are very different from hanging out IRL. In some ways, hosting online is more of a conversation, and less of a party. Here are some tips and tricks we’ve learned that might help you:
Love your online format
Feeling comfortable presenting online with Zoom or whatever tool you use is the first key to making sure that all goes well. Rehearsing with someone from the MVP team will keep you from rough moments fumbling with controls or frantically sorting through tabs. Practice, practice, practice before your first fundraiser.
Be brief, be bright, be gone
Treating the attention of your online guests like a precious commodity will take you far. When we gather online we’re all in front of screens with buzzing Facebook notifications and portals to the New York Times. We’ve got to bring our A game to keep the attention of our online guests while we have it and regularly energize the audience with encouragement and questions.
Use best practices from “real life”
In-person house parties benefit from a donor “plant” – someone who is ready to commit to giving in front of everyone. The same is true for an online fundraising event! The “plant” can be you as the host explaining why you want to give or a trusted friend who is ready to throw down. Unsurprisingly, celebrating donors in front of prospective donors makes people want to donate more. Who doesn’t like a little praise now and then?