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October 19, 2018 Taking the Temperature of Your Charity Auction Fund-A-Need

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When you conduct a fundraising event and you are using mobile bidding during the live auction, do you incorporate the visual “thermometer” that tracks the giving for the public ask during the Fund-A-Need? If you are, there is some strategy as to when the thermometer should be displayed. In this example, we are conducting an…

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October 12, 2018 How About a Scotch or Bourbon Pull at Your Charity Auction Event?

Charity Auction Whiskey or Scotch Pull

I imagine that most of you have heard of the Wine Pull or Wall of Wine revenue generator that is facilitated at charity auction events. This activity is enjoyed by guests during the silent auction/cocktail time and is set up at a station. A twist on this activity is a Scotch or Bourbon Pull. Guests…

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October 5, 2018 Goal Setting for Your Fund-A-Need

Charity Auction Fund-A-Need

Many guests attend fundraising events with a plan to give at some point during the evening. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the Fund-A-Need is a great way to give everyone that opportunity. The question is, are you doing everything you can to motivate your guests to give during the Fund-A-Need? Let’s talk about Fund-A-Need…

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September 28, 2018 Why Do Selling Prices Fluctuate with Your Charity Live Auction Items Each Year?

Live charity auction items

Have you ever offered a live auction item at your charity auction that tanked one year and sold for big money the next year? It does happen. Here are some reasons why. A repeat live auction item may be more well-known the second year it is offered. You can help get the word out that…

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September 21, 2018 The More Guests Drink the More They Spend at Your Charity Auction…or DO They?

Drinking at your Charity Auction

I’ve heard time and time again that non-profits want their guests to “drink a lot” before the live charity auction because they’ll “spend more money”.  Well, everything has a limit and I’d like to discuss those that pertain to alcohol and fundraising. Many events will have open bars and/or bottles of wine on the table…

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September 14, 2018 Should We Offer Online or Paper Tickets to Our Charity Event?

Offering Online Tickets to Your Charity Auction

As the world of technology continues to change, we’ve seen those changes include the way charities process event sales. How about ticket sales? Has the way you offer the purchase of tickets to your events changed? Not too terribly long ago, charities printed paper tickets to all their fundraising events. Those tickets were then handed…

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September 7, 2018 Wondering How to Increase Those Last Fund-A-Need Donations? Here’s An Idea

Turn In Your Bid Number to Give

Most of you have heard of a Fund-A-Need/Special Appeal/Paddle Raise. I’ve written many blogs about this fundraising event component.  I’d like to share a nugget with you, a way that you can squeeze every last donor dollar from the room. The Fund-A-Need is a great way for your donors to simply give in support of…

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August 31, 2018 The Mystery of the Velvet Elvis

Velvet Elvis Fundraising Live Auction Item

Everyone is looking for fresh items to include in their fundraising live auction. I have a great idea that you might want to consider. One of our nonprofit clients recently offered this package during their live auction. The item was “The Velvet Elvis”.  You may say, “Excuse me? What is a Velvet Elvis?”. Those among…

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