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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

Maximizing the Paddle Raise

Very often I am asked to present and speak about the importance of the mission appeal. I do this often enough I felt encouraged to create a resource document to share with fundraising professionals to refer to when planning their special ask. So instead of an article style submission this month, I decided to [...]

By |2022-11-01T15:13:13-05:00November 1st, 2022|Bidders, Donor Development, Fundraising, Live Auction|0 Comments

Is it Time for a Fire Sale??

One of the conundrums of a fundraising event is the sequencing of fundraising elements to maximize success. We have often consulted to avoid competing fundraising, as it can inhibit donations and bids unintentionally. For example, many fundraisers have a silent auction, and want to keep it open all night to give your donors as [...]

By |2022-10-10T09:39:59-05:00October 10th, 2022|Fundraising, Live Auction|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

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

Sponsorship and Fundraising—Differentiating the Two | Understanding Fundraising: Part 2 of a 2-part Series

Written by Scott Jones, CFRE, BAS, CAI Fundraising Auctioneer Every organization needs funding to thrive. You need resources to invest in your programs, your members, your staff, and your infrastructure – to ultimately achieve your greater mission. You likely have value that you can offer in various ways to obtain this support. So how [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:03-05:00May 10th, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on Sponsorship and Fundraising—Differentiating the Two | Understanding Fundraising: Part 2 of a 2-part Series

To Theme or Not to Theme…That is the Question

By: Shannon Eason, Fundraising Auctioneer While on a call this week, the planning committee started dialogue about a theme. "What is our theme?" and  "Should we have a theme?" Those are great questions, so I googled it...and came up with some great info I wanted to share. Having a theme can benefit an event in many [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:03-05:00April 1st, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on To Theme or Not to Theme…That is the Question

Sponsorship and Fundraising—Differentiating the Two

By: Scott Jones, Fundraising Auctioneer, CFRE Whether a seasoned professional or someone new to the nonprofit world, can you clearly identify the difference between sponsorship dollars and monetary donations?  Are businesses and donors confused or conflicted when asked to support your event?  Are you approaching supporters with the right mindset and are you trying [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:03-05:00April 1st, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on Sponsorship and Fundraising—Differentiating the Two

Donor Welcome Kits

By: Scott Jones, Fundraising Auctioneer, CFRE I have invested a lot of study and research lately on Donor Welcome Kits.  How important are they truly? My thoughts align with this content below. It’s often said that a donor isn’t really a donor until they’ve made a second gift. If that’s true, your new donor [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:04-05:00February 24th, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Donor Development, Fundraising|Comments Off on Donor Welcome Kits

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
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