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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

Adding Belize to Your Live Auction

By: Dan Campbell, Fundraising Auctioneer  One of the things we often are asked about as Fundraising Consultants is to provide fresh ideas for your live auction. There are many tried and true destinations that charities will offer each year for their guests to bid on; Napa Wine Tasting, Kentucky Bourbon Tour, Las Vegas, Mexico, [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:04-05:00February 24th, 2022|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Live Auction|Comments Off on Adding Belize to Your Live Auction

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:07-05:00September 9th, 2021|Auctioneers, Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Consulting, Fundraising, Live Auction|Comments Off on Profit-Making Live Auction Strategy – What You Haven’t Considered

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”

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:23-05:00June 8th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising, Hybrid Events, Live Auction, Virtual Events|Comments Off on Back to the Future?

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 [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:25-05:00March 11th, 2021|Benefits of a Professional Auctioneer, Event Planning, Fundraising, Live Auction|Comments Off on Live Auction Donor Gift Policy

Don’t Waste Your Live Auction

As a cancer survivor, the best lesson I learned was the importance of not wasting my cancer…the opportunity to display my faith during this journey, as a reminder to others, especially my family, that God has a plan. I may not always ‘like’ His plan, but I trust His plan. There are a lot of [...]

By |2022-08-25T14:07:30-05:00January 16th, 2017|Live Auction|Comments Off on Don’t Waste Your Live Auction
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