“A throng of more than 1,200 people snakes through the lobby of Palm Springs Convention Center. Formally attired individuals huddle in conversation and around tables filled with jewelry; artwork; cellophane-wrapped gift baskets; pictures of luxury resorts; and certificates for spa treatments, private-chef catering, and other professional services. Amid handshakes and hugs, they leave the silent-auction area and enter a ballroom in which they find their places among a sea of tables set for 10. With COVID-19’s social distancing guillotining fundraisers like Desert AIDS Project’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, nonprofit organizations must reformulate what has worked well for years…”

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