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Adjust to Smaller Events – Keep Your Donor Group Small But Mighty

By: Erin Williams BAS, PRI  Is less really more? According to studies performed by research psychologists at Harvard and Stanford University, excessive choices can produce “choice paralysis”. For example, a person walks into an ice cream shop and there are 50 flavors offered. Overwhelmed, the customer remains stuck in their decision making and chooses [...]

Fresh Revenue Generators For Your Fundraising Gala

By Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer   One thing Covid times have taught us is to be adaptable. The tried and true fundraising structure may need a refresh for your audience. This article will hopefully provide you a few ideas of what we call “revenue enhancers.” Revenue enhancers can supplement or even replace some of [...]

The Season of Thanks is Year-Round

By Scott Jones, CFRE, CAI, BAS  One of the most important things you can do to steward your donors is say: “Thank you.” We all know thanking donors is not just as an expression of gratitude, but a way of building and deepening new and existing relationships. When done properly, donor recognition can encourage [...]

Reconnecting with your Donors and Finding NEW Donors

By Dan Campbell, Fundraising Auctioneer This season of change has disrupted our normal flow of donor relations and forces us to rethink how we engage and how we keep our donors informed and inspired about our mission. For many of you, your core donor base has responded well during Covid with generosity that has [...]

Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun- What You Need to Know About Live Streaming

For those of you old enough to remember the “Double Mint Twins” and the commercials, the slogan was “Double the pleasure, double the fun with Double Mint gum”….. When we talk about Live Streaming your event (sometimes referred to as a “Hybrid Event”) it could very well double the pleasure, double the fun, and [...]

Profit-Making Live Auction Strategy – What You Haven’t Considered

As your Raising Paddles Director of Client Success and Fundraising Ambassador I support you at every step in creating a successful live auction. When planning a live auction as part of your fundraising program, there is much to consider. What Makes a Good Live Auction Item? Unique experiences with mass appeal. Consider saving items [...]

Connected Hearts or Connected Minds

By: Scott Jones, CFRE & Fundraising Auctioneer  Connected Hearts or Connected Minds-Which is Most Important? We’ve all heard the suggestion that to fundraise effectively, a connection needs to be established between our mission and BOTH the hearts and minds of our donors. For fundraisers who are naturally influential and charismatic comes naturally. For most [...]

A Small Batch Recipe for Fundraising Success

By: Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer  Many organizations are planning to be going live for their fall events, but with the dreaded virus rearing its ugly head again, we know there may be donors that may decide to back out of attendance and some that won’t even fit in the room with the new restrictions. [...]

Less is More: The Return to Smaller Crowds

By: Dan Campbell, Fundraising Auctioneer  In the past 12 months, our team has completed 81 virtual events. The grace of your donors has been incredible, as in all but a couple of those events, we saw an increase of NET revenue compared to the previous year Pre-Covid. Dissecting this result shows that this NET [...]

Yes, it’s OK to have a “Friend-Raiser”

By: Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer  We’re hearing nonprofits say, “We don’t want to lose our traditional donors that enjoy the sit down gala, but how do we engage our younger guests that aren’t excited about that event?” We say, “plan another party!” Okay, before you roll your eyes and say that you don’t have [...]

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