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You’re having a keynote WHAT?

By: Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer "Ok, our goal is to keep our program mission focused, the timeline tight, a fabulous guest experience, and break records in our fundraising!" said everyone in the nonprofit world holding a gala. But then, there's a slight mention of a "KEYNOTE SPEAKER". "Wait, did you just say you're having [...]

By |2024-07-18T14:15:02-05:00June 27th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on You’re having a keynote WHAT?

Correctly Utilizing Online Platforms to Increase Your Fundraising

By: Erin Williams, Fundraising Auctioneer Websites, social media, email, and mobile fundraising are interconnected components in the digital fundraising landscape. While each channel plays a unique role, they should operate with one mission and message.  Websites: Central Hub: A website often serves as the central hub for an organization's online presence. It provides detailed [...]

By |2024-06-27T08:03:29-05:00June 27th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Correctly Utilizing Online Platforms to Increase Your Fundraising

Warming Up Your Audience for the Fundraising Program

By: Dan Campbell One of the challenges of a live auction at a fundraising event is to get everyone’s attention so we can focus on fundraising. You have people socializing, moving about the room for restrooms, taking photos, and hitting the bar, so that traffic itself is a distraction. Your crowd will likely be [...]

By |2024-06-05T14:33:11-05:00June 5th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Warming Up Your Audience for the Fundraising Program

Have You Considered Doing an Event Evaluation?

By: Scott Jones, MPA, CFRE, CAI, BAS Nonprofits are often charged with executing a program evaluation to assess the impact and outcomes of existing programs or initiatives.  Program evaluations are leveraged for several reasons by the fundraising professionals.  Fundraising professionals have determined that implementing program evaluations can be extremely purposeful.  Have you ever considered [...]

By |2024-06-05T14:32:52-05:00June 5th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Have You Considered Doing an Event Evaluation?

6 Ways to create a memorable gala experience for your guests!

By: Shannon Eason I was doing an introductory call with a new client. Something they said really resonated with me and I wondered, "Why aren't I hearing this more often?" Yes, you're wondering what they said, aren't you? "Our event last year was....well, forgettable. How do we make our event this year UNforgettable?" That's a [...]

By |2024-05-01T14:14:48-05:00May 1st, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 6 Ways to create a memorable gala experience for your guests!

Do You Know What Motivates Your Donor Base?

By: Erin Williams I recently read "The Seven Faces of Philanthropy". This way of analyzing a donor's motives is very effective for fundraisers because it provides a framework for understanding the diverse motivations and personas of donors, enabling fundraisers to tailor their approach, improve communication, and build stronger relationships, ultimately leading to more successful [...]

By |2024-05-01T14:13:28-05:00May 1st, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do You Know What Motivates Your Donor Base?

The Rules for Raffles and Games of Chance

By: Dan Campbell Do you know the rules for Raffles and Games of Chance? Many nonprofits use games of chance and auctions as fundraising vehicles – without realizing that “legalized games of chance” are regulated activities, and indeed illegal in many states. So that poker night or silent auction that created such a buzz…make [...]

By |2024-04-02T12:19:10-05:00April 2nd, 2024|Bidders, Event Planning, Fundraising, Revenue Generators|Comments Off on The Rules for Raffles and Games of Chance

Structuring Your Volunteer Community and Committee

By: Gloria Kelley Our overarching belief is that “everyone can do something.” Committees are a meaningful avenue for that to happen, especially with your special events. Some volunteers have limited time and resources. That’s fine. We appreciate their working on one event, maybe if only to help create packages, set up or just greet [...]

By |2024-04-02T12:00:46-05:00April 2nd, 2024|Consulting, Event Planning, Fundraising, Volunteer Management|Comments Off on Structuring Your Volunteer Community and Committee

Including Generation Alpha At Your Gala

By: Shannon Eason Are you thinking of including children at your next event? Trying to be proactive in teaching philanthropy to our young people? Generation Alpha are defined as those born from 2010-2024. A little math help will tell you that includes children from birth to age 14. While that’s a big gap, some [...]

By |2024-03-18T11:35:19-05:00March 18th, 2024|Consulting, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on Including Generation Alpha At Your Gala

The Buy-in Lot as an Auction Item

By: Dan Campbell As we try to cater to the millennial crowd who are showing different giving methods, we look to create unique and creative ways for them to engage and participate in the fundraising.  One such idea is a Buy-in Party. Also known as a Count Me In, Sign Up Party, or Buy [...]

By |2024-01-31T16:15:04-06:00January 31st, 2024|Bidders, Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on The Buy-in Lot as an Auction Item
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