If you've already raised some funds from sponsorships, ticket sales, merchandize sales, etc. add them into one of your own carts. The event thermometer will reflect the amount.
Remember to delete these after the event, so your numbers are accurate.
Learn how to record your event so you can share it with your donors post event, or reach out to PayBee and we can do it for you for a nominal fee.
As soon as your event is done, send out pending cart reminders. The longer your wait, your efforts in closing those pledges will increase.