Live Auctions can be a major source of fundraising for not-for-profits...with the right Auctioneer! Call (630) 235-4566
In 2022 we've helped 143 organizations raise $51616334

Event Planning

Home/Event Planning

Turning Free Tickets to Your Gala into Profit for Your Cause

Many times “free” tickets to your gala are included in sponsorship packages. While some sponsors may attend your event and participate in the fundraising program we often hear from sponsors, “we’ve already made our donation through sponsorship.” While there are similarities in special event fundraising and sponsorship, they are not the same. Raising Paddles [...]

By |2022-12-05T14:24:51-06:00December 5th, 2022|Bidders, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising|0 Comments

Our Valiant Volunteers

I just finished an event and like to reflect afterwards on the "wins" and "hurdles". When I arrived that evening, I noticed they had such wonderful volunteers that were passionate about supporting the event by giving their time that evening. So.....what was the hurdle? The volunteers didn't know what to do. They had the [...]

By |2022-12-05T14:14:49-06:00December 5th, 2022|Event Planning|0 Comments

8 Mission Video Storytelling Tips

8 Mission Video Storytelling Tips By: Scott Jones As the famous saying goes, stories make the world go round. They help non-profits build personal connections, based on empathy, trust, and compassion with their supporters through the act of storytelling. People process visuals 60,000 times better than text, which makes storytelling quite important these days. Therefore, [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:01-05:00August 9th, 2022|Event Planning, Fundraising, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 8 Mission Video Storytelling Tips

The Impact of Speeches on your Gala Crowd

By: Dan Campbell, Fundraising Auctioneer  You are a special events coordinator…. or at least that is one of your MANY hats, and you are looking at a gala timeline that appears to last through next Tuesday……will our audience embrace what we have planned? Today’s audience is less patient with long programs, and we seem [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:01-05:00May 27th, 2022|Consulting, Event Planning|Comments Off on The Impact of Speeches on your Gala Crowd

Summertime Fundraising

By: Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer  While Spring is wrapping up, Summer is quickly approaching. With in-person events now in full swing, we hope you're planning those fun summer fundraisers. If you haven't done one, you might be missing the boat. Check these out and see how fundraising can be "Summer Fun"! "Mudder Runs" or [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:02-05:00May 10th, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising|Comments Off on Summertime Fundraising

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:05-05:00January 3rd, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising, Hybrid Events|Comments Off on The Future of Galas

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:05-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising, Hybrid Events|Comments Off on Adjust to Smaller Events – Keep Your Donor Group Small But Mighty

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. [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:08-05:00August 9th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising, Live Auction|Comments Off on A Small Batch Recipe for Fundraising Success

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:09-05:00June 29th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising, Live Auction, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Less is More: The Return to Smaller Crowds

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:09-05:00June 29th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Donor Development, Event Planning, Fundraising, Live Auction, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Yes, it’s OK to have a “Friend-Raiser”
Go to Top