The fear unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic is still fresh in the minds of the people. Most US citizens got their first jab of the vaccination, while many others are getting their second doses and even their booster dose. With vaccinations and regulations in place, the peace of mind of the participants is one of the most obvious advantages to nonprofits who plan to organize hybrid events at a large scale. People can attend an event without worrying about feeling uncomfortable in a large crowd.
3.3 Money Savings
It is common knowledge that organizing a hybrid conference or hybrid meeting is far less than the cost of organizing an in-person conference or meeting. Nonprofits that choose hybrid events save plenty on infrastructure costs, food expenses and other incidental expenditures. Because in-person events are on a smaller scale, they aren't usually costly. The availability of funds is typically a pain point for nonprofits, so saving money is one of the most apparent advantages when organizing a hybrid event.
When nonprofits organize a hybrid conference or hybrid meeting, they gain flexibility. For example, the virtual aspect of the event increases significantly when there are restrictions on organizing an in-person event due to COVID-19. The added flexibility of putting the virtual aspect at the forefront allows nonprofits to resume getting the audience's attention to meet the goals of the event, such as raising money.
Wider networking opportunities are another advantage of the hybrid event for nonprofits. As nonprofits reach out to a larger audience via virtual mediums, they give people more opportunities to network than before. In addition, communication features like virtual breakout rooms and networking lounges allow attendees and organizers to bond personally and grow their networks.
All events include knowledge seekers and contributors because it is known that offering educational opportunities is a must for nonprofits planning hybrid events. When you take instances of hybrid events where attendees have learned something new, you'll find that they have always been more eager to attend the next event coming down the road. In addition, NGOs can keep the audience engaged by using polls, chat boxes and Q&A to get an idea of how the audience members are learning.
4 Top Three Categories
When it comes to a hybrid event for nonprofits, many nonprofit organizations follow one of these three top categories for planning their events depending upon the current scenario.
4.1 Live-Plus Events
There are countless examples of hybrid events organized locally at a small scale, but attendees can experience the same event virtually via live streaming. For instance, if a nonprofit organizes a small cycling competition to raise funds for a cause, virtual attendees living far away can attend the event online and donate for the cause while seeing the action live.