49. Harnessing the Power of Hybrid Events to Build Community and Raise Money



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About this episode

I loved speaking with Kristin Steele and Samantha Swaim on this week’s episode of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast.

Inclusion is the cornerstone of successful fundraising. The power of hybrid events lies in their ability to bring together diverse communities by fostering inclusivity and emotional connections with donors and creating engaging experiences that drive fundraising results.

One of my favorite parts was this:

When Kristin and Samantha first realized the potential of hybrid events, it was like a breath of fresh air in the world of fundraising. As they saw the world rapidly adapting to the challenges brought on by the Pandemic, they knew that the way people gathered and connected needed to change as well. For them, hybrid events were more than just a trendy idea, they were the key to creating inclusive and accessible experiences that aligned with the missions of countless organizations.

Do you want to expand your nonprofit's reach and create a more inclusive and engaging event experience – and raise more money? Listen in as Kristin and Samantha share the solution to achieving diversity and active involvement through hybrid events.


Our guests

Kristin Steele, Owner + Creative Director, Swaim Strategies & Samantha Swaim, Strategic Director, Swaim Strategies


"It always comes down to relationships. It's about people hearing your story, feeling connected, and feeling in community with you. It's not about the blinky lights that are selling for 10 bucks a piece this year."

– Samantha Swaim, Strategic Director, Swaim Strategies


Resources mentioned in this episode  

Planning a Successful Major Donor Event

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference



Connect with our guests online

Kristin Steele: Linkedin / Twitter / FacebookWebsite / Email

Samantha Swaim: Linkedin / Twitter / Facebook / Website / Email


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Learn how First Tee of Greater Akron doubled its unique donors, improved donor stewardship, and raised more funds in the first year with Bloomerang.



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