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So far Erin Williams has created 19 blog entries.

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Getting the Right People on the Bus

The number one question I receive from charities is how to get the right people to attend their event. Sometimes we focus so much on filling the bus (so to speak), that we end up not getting the right people on the bus with us. Those who are on the bus with us may [...]

By |2020-12-16T21:52:03-06:00November 13th, 2020|Donor Development|0 Comments

Virtual vs Hybrid Fundraising Events

By: Shannon Mays, Raising Paddles Fundraising Consultant & Auctioneer 3-2-1-Live!!! Those are the words you’ll hear when your virtual gala is getting ready to go live. Your stomach will be in knots and your brain will be on overdrive. Are you ready? Is everything set? Are we a-go? Last month we gave you a [...]

By |2020-12-16T21:52:47-06:00August 7th, 2020|Hybrid Events, Virtual Events|0 Comments

How to Think Long-Term in a Virtual World

By: Dan Campbell, Raising Paddles Fundraising Consultant &  Auctioneer As most of you are planning your first virtual gala, you might wonder if this is a one time effort that is simply needed to fill the gap in fundraising due to all of the cancelled in-person events. For most of you, this has been [...]

By |2020-12-16T21:53:31-06:00August 4th, 2020|Donor Development, Virtual Events|0 Comments
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