Radius Child and Youth Services
Radius Child and Youth Services is a specialized community-based organization that provides clinical assessment and counselling services to children, youth and families affected by interpersonal abuse, neglect, or who have witnessed domestic violence.
The Tournament of Hope was a charity golf outing with an integrated online auction. Normally this is one of Radius’ biggest golf fundraising events but with Canadian COVID-19 restrictions in place, it had become the only live event that the team could offer. Thus there was even more impetus placed on the success of the golf event with funds raised going to bridge the gap between funding and the ever increasing needs of the communities Radius serves.
This was the first time the Radius team had used an online auction platform but were quick to embrace the shareability of such sites and opened their auction a couple of weeks before the golf event itself. Doing this allowed for consistent promotion before the day of the charity golf tournament on social media platforms and through emails. The online auction was also left running for four days after the golf event to guarantee maximum engagement with supporters.
Radius Child and Youth Services projected raising $30,000 from their Tournament of Hope but went on to raise a fantastic $43,000! The online silent auction was a vital part of this as the team were able to engage donors in ways that solely in-person fundraising does not allow. Moreover, the push notifications donors received updated them on the progress of the auction and, crucially, kept them consistently engaged with the charity throughout the campaign. Overall, the fundraising golf tournament exceeded expectations and performed
better than the organisation’s previous golf events.
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