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Back to the Future?

By: Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer  How about, back to live events! Yes, we’re back. As that thought is crossing your mind, what questions are concerning you? Here’s a few questions that organizations are asking.  Do Donors Comfortable Attending a Live Event? We say, yes! According to studies, 70% of Americans are ready to not [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:23-05:00June 8th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising, Hybrid Events, Live Auction, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Back to the Future?

Could a Giving Circle Provide You with New Donors?

By: Jack Alotto, MA, CFRE I recently joined a group of donors who were creating a giving circle in the Coachella Valley of California. Giving circles are one of the fastest growing giving mechanisms in the United States. A giving circle is created when individual donors come together to pool their money to financially [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:23-05:00June 8th, 2021|Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on Could a Giving Circle Provide You with New Donors?

Chat Is Where It’s At

Chat Is Where It's At! By Dan Campbell, Fundraising Auctioneer  Remember all the times at your pre-Covid galas, when your audience was a bit too chatty and sometimes became a distraction to the program you worked so hard to put on? You probably just wanted to “SHUSH” them, but of course, this could backfire [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:24-05:00April 6th, 2021|Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Chat Is Where It’s At

Increase Virtual Event Participation

Best Practices to Increase Virtual Participation Events By Scott Jones, CFRE, CAI, BAS   As we continue planning for fundraising special events, there are still so many unknowns.  Many non-profits successfully executed their first virtual event and are setting their sights on the potential second.  We have witnessed the transition from the basic Zoom webinar [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:24-05:00April 6th, 2021|Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Increase Virtual Event Participation

Live Auction Donor Gift Policy

A good question was brought to my attention by an existing Non-Profit Client:   “Are there standard practices for recognizing companies and individuals who make auction donations?" I know in the past we've included donors' names on the signs displayed with silent auction items and on the PowerPoint slides about each live auction item. What are your [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:25-05:00March 11th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising, Live Auction|Comments Off on Live Auction Donor Gift Policy

“It’s All About that BASE, ’bout that BASE”

“It's all about that BASE, ‘bout that BASE….” Building something special requires a strong foundation, something that can sustain tough times and allow for continued building. Your BASE of supporters has to become strong and resilient. A small foundation can be mighty, but it is also taxing and can teeter with just a few [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:25-05:00March 8th, 2021|Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on “It’s All About that BASE, ’bout that BASE”

Announcement of Professional Fundraising Consultant

Join us in welcoming Jack Alotto, MA, CFRE to the Raising Paddles team! Jack is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and he holds a Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, both degrees are in Psychology. Throughout his career, Jack has served in a variety of [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:26-05:00February 1st, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on Announcement of Professional Fundraising Consultant

The Show Must Go On

One of the most talked about topics of pivoting to a virtual gala is the fear of putting on a show that no one will want to watch. If you have spent time watching a few virtual galas over the past year, you know what I am talking about! From watching boring pre-recorded programs, [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:26-05:00February 1st, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising, Hybrid Events, Virtual Events|Comments Off on The Show Must Go On

Your First Big Move of 2021

I am fully aware that every member of your team (maybe you are the only member) is extremely focused on the daily operations of your organization.  Every nonprofit faces complex issues and certain challenges, even nonprofits with the most experienced, progressive, and dedicated teams working for them. Fundraising campaigns, special events or institutional stagnation [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:26-05:00January 19th, 2021|Donor Development, Fundraising, Hybrid Events, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Your First Big Move of 2021

I said, “YES” – Now it’s Your Turn

I’m in a private Facebook group and we were supposed to come up with our “word” for 2021. There were some really good ones such as Balance, Health, Wellness, Safety.. I had to really think about this one. I wanted to make it sincere and… personal. So, my word for 2021 is “Commitment”. Why [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:27-05:00January 19th, 2021|Auctioneers, Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Hybrid Events, Virtual Events|Comments Off on I said, “YES” – Now it’s Your Turn
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