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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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