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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

Take Courage!

By: Erin Williams  Rather than an article this month, I’d like to encourage you to watch a video. That’s right-  take a break and prop your feet up! Click the link below to watch.  "Peter Diamandis: Energetic Fundraising"  What I find most interesting is throughout his presentation, Diamandis showcases how the element of courage [...]

By |2023-12-22T15:42:15-06:00December 22nd, 2023|Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on Take Courage!

Changing the Culture from Fundraising to Philanthropy

By: Gloria Kelley Fundraising Consultant  “Charity” is a limiting concept that tends to be crisis-oriented and indicative of a weakness of some sort. This ultimately leads to the “tin cup” syndrome of fundraising (i.e., begging, impulsive, emotional, and, worst of all, token in nature). Those were the old days! Philanthropy, however, is a much [...]

By |2023-11-01T14:54:31-05:00November 1st, 2023|Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on Changing the Culture from Fundraising to Philanthropy

New Year, New Board Engagement

By: Erin Williams, Fundraising Auctioneer  As professional fundraisers, we hear all too often from nonprofit leaders, “My board doesn’t have an active role when it comes to the gala” or “My board doesn’t participate in fundraising.” The nonprofit’s financial stability is a primary responsibility of the board and fundraising is a huge part of [...]

By |2023-11-01T14:23:17-05:00November 1st, 2023|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on New Year, New Board Engagement

15 Creative Ways to Say “Thank You” to your Donors

Send a handwritten letter  There’s something special about handwritten notes in the digital era.  A handwritten note will really stand out in a mailbox, grabbing the attention of your  supporters.   A thoughtful note can be sent out any time of the year and for any occasion: Right after a donation  For your donor’s [...]

By |2023-10-05T13:37:49-05:00October 5th, 2023|Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on 15 Creative Ways to Say “Thank You” to your Donors

Reporting to your Stakeholders, the Why.

Scott Jones, CFRE, CAI, BAS Senior Consultant & Auctioneer The purpose of reporting on your fundraising results is to fulfill the accountability and transparency requirements associated with the acquisition and utilization of donated funds and convey to your stakeholders that implementation is progressing, and that the organization knows what it is doing. Who are [...]

By |2023-10-05T13:05:40-05:00October 5th, 2023|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on Reporting to your Stakeholders, the Why.

Applying Five Major Fundraising Principles to Your Gala Strategy

In The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, Weinstein and Barden share there are five major fundraising principles. I believe we can apply these principles to special fundraising events.  "People give to people to help people."  The reason donors give is because they love what you do and who you do it for. They believe [...]

By |2023-08-31T14:14:12-05:00August 31st, 2023|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on Applying Five Major Fundraising Principles to Your Gala Strategy

Mission First Fundraising

With an abundance of options from over 40 consignment companies, choosing the best travel experience for your event may seem like a challenging task. We've observed that most companies offer similar products like Napa or Mexico leaving you wondering which one provides the best value. Enter Mission First - the solution to this need. [...]

By |2023-07-31T14:53:45-05:00July 31st, 2023|Consulting, Event Planning, Fundraising, Live Auction, Silent Auction|Comments Off on Mission First Fundraising

How to Begin the Conversation

By Scott Jones, CFRE, CAI, BAS Senior Consultant, Raising Paddles Quite often I am asked to share with board members strategies on “How to begin the conversation.” Specifically, how do I ask guests to participate in the giving the day of your biggest fundraising event? It’s simple. We must help each board member to [...]

By |2023-07-31T13:49:32-05:00July 31st, 2023|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on How to Begin the Conversation

The top 10 Reasons to Attend Our Workshop Coming to a City Near You!

By Shannon Eason, Senior Partner, Fundraising Auctioneer You’ve probably received an email inviting you to one of our workshops. If you’re near Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, or Tulsa you’ll want to put this on your calendar. Why? Ahhhhh..let us count the ways!  1.   You’ll be treated like a guest and see how [...]

By |2023-07-26T13:44:10-05:00July 26th, 2023|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on The top 10 Reasons to Attend Our Workshop Coming to a City Near You!
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