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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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August 24, 2018 How About a Date Night? For an Entire Year!

Date Night for A Year Fundraising Item

A very popular and successful live auction item that we recommend our clients offer at their fundraising events is the “Date Night for A Year” package. This live auction package is easy to build. It can consist of dining certificates to both high-end and mid-level restaurants, baby-sitting services, limousine/Uber services, golf (putt-putt, too!), movies, opera,…

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August 17, 2018 Gift Card Grab – A Great Way to Sell Gift Cards at Your Fundraising Auction

Today I’m bringing you a wonderful idea to help raise additional revenue at your next fundraising event – the Gift Card Grab. As indicated in the photo, you create cards or envelopes that include the logo for each gift card donor and the amount of the gift card. Place these gift cards on a board…

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August 10, 2018 Big Crowd vs Big Spenders

I’ve had numerous conversations with nonprofits about guests’ attendance at their fundraising events.  It usually goes something like this: I ask “How many guests attend the event?”.  They’ll answer 300, 500, 700 or even 1,000 guests.  I’ll respond, “That’s great, but how many of those guests will spend money that night supporting your organization’s mission”? …

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August 3, 2018 Why Are You Doing That?!?

Delegate tasks for your fundraising event

OK, executive directors, auction chairs, board members, nonprofits leaders…I know you are all doing it. Heck, I’M doing it! What am I talking about? I’m talking about taking on tasks or activities that you shouldn’t be doing. Why are we doing these particular things in the first place? Could it be that you are prone…

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July 27, 2018 The Beach, Lots of Starfish and a Lesson

Starfish encouragement

There was a woman walking on the Gulf Coast beach one morning at sunrise. As she strolled along, she noticed a starfish being washed up by the waves.  She bent over and tossed it back into the water. As she continued on her morning walk, the woman noticed another starfish and then another onshore. She…

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July 20, 2018 Consignment Items in Your Charity Silent Auction

Consignment Items in Your Charity Silent Auction

There are a lot of great consignment companies available to nonprofits.  While I am an advocate of consignment items, I caution charities to be careful when using them. These unique and often high-end items can provide a “WOW” factor to the live auction line up.  And most of the time you can sell more than…

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