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June 15, 2018 When You Don’t Want the Hottest Fundraising Event in Town

Keep your donors cool

What is one of the simplest things you can do to make sure your fundraising event is a great one? I’m not talking about selecting the best professional fundraising auctioneer or the best live auction items, although these are very important components to your event. No, I’ve got a nugget to share with you that…

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June 8, 2018 Preventing Unwanted Surprises When Securing Your Fundraising Date and Auctioneer

Secure fundraising event venue and auctioneer early

Today I want to talk about the future. Is your nonprofit organization doing what needs to be done to secure the desired date of your fundraising event?  I’m talking about the ability to schedule your event on the date YOU want, and not the dates that are “left over”. When selecting a fundraising event date,…

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June 1, 2018 What is Your “Free” Auctioneer Costing Your Fundraising Event?

Many charitable organizations get a “free” auctioneer to conduct their live auction. This free auctioneer can be an auctioneer who sells cattle, real estate or personal property or even a board member or celebrity, chosen in the name of “saving money”. But I’d like to caution you that there are other costs associated with this…

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May 25, 2018 Don’t Keep Your Silent Auction Winners in the Dark

Silent Auction Winners Display

How often have you facilitated a fundraising event and had winners of silent auction items leave without paying for said items? It happens all of the time.  Why do you think this is the case? Most often, it’s not because the winning bidder chose to skip out without the item. This usually happens when the…

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May 18, 2018 Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

Crowd control at your fundraising event

I am told time and time again by our clients that the guests at their charity events are loud and it is difficult to rein them in for the fundraising. I can tell you from experience that this is a real issue and these clients have a valid concern. Early on in my career as…

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May 11, 2018 Conflicting Fundraising Events – Structured vs. Passive

Are there certain fundraising activities that compliment other types of fundraising activities? If so, which of those best work with each other? Which of them are definite “no-nos” when it comes to combining them? Let’s explore this a bit. When most nonprofits plan a live auction at their fundraising event, their second thought is usually…

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May 4, 2018 Tips for Placement of Silent Auction Sections

Silent auction sections

We’ve talked before about how I recommend our clients’ close their silent auctions, but let’s do a quick review to refresh your memory before I dig into today’s real topic. When manual bidding is used in a silent auction (at an event where there’s no mobile bidding component), I like to close the silent auction…

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April 27, 2018 A Wish Tree – The Perfect Way to Generate Extra Funds at Your Charity Auction Event

You need a Wish Tree at your next charity auction event!

There are a lot of different ways to raise money at fundraising events. One of the simplest has been around for a long while. If you’ve heard of a Wish Tree before, this is a reminder that it’s a good way to generate extra revenue at your next event. If you’ve not heard of a…

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