The Future of Galas

By: Dan Campbell, Fundraising Auctioneer  Compared to previous virus strains, Covid has been a resilient and perplexing pandemic that seems to never end. I imagine this same effect was felt by many after the onset of the Spanish Flu over 100 years ago. As we all know, a vaccine was eventually developed to help [...]

Adjust to Smaller Events – Keep Your Donor Group Small But Mighty

By: Erin Williams BAS, PRI  Is less really more? According to studies performed by research psychologists at Harvard and Stanford University, excessive choices can produce “choice paralysis”. For example, a person walks into an ice cream shop and there are 50 flavors offered. Overwhelmed, the customer remains stuck in their decision making and chooses [...]

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 [...]

“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, [...]

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