Last month, I have participated in the International Fundraising Conference. For the first time in its history, it was held online. A tool called Hopin is used for the event. As part of the event, there was a "speed networking" section. In that section, when you click on the link, in a minute another participant of the conference pops up and you have 4 minutes to chat. In 15 minutes, I talked to 3 different fundraisers, one from Geneva, one from Canada and another from France. It was a fantastic way to know new fundraisers in such a short time and have a proper talk without any interruption (crowd around us etc.)
This made me think about how we could use this tool in fundraising. I came up with two examples, but it can be used in many different ways, as well.
1) Gathering of Face to Face Fundraisers: Motivation is a key factor in Face to Face. Facers like to communicate with their other colleagues all around the world, and as managers we always try to create opportunities for them to engage with each other. INGOs can organize global speedy network events for their teams globally. For examples, it can be organized in 2-3 time zones for 1 hour. All the team members will be online and meet each other to chat for 5 minutes and connect via LinkedIn afterwards. In 1 hour, one fundraiser can meet min 10-12 facers.
Additionally, the tool can also be used as a training tool for pitching within Face to Face teams.
2) Virtual Field Visit: The other way to use the tool is organizing a virtual field tour for supporters. The field team will be ready to meet the donors online. In an hour, the supporters will have the chance to meet the staff members at the field and ask their questions one to one. Also, it is motivating for the staff members to meet the supporters all around the world. It can be tested with a small number of supporters first.
As I mentioned, these are only two ways to use the tool. There might be others as well.