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Top 10 Do's & Don'ts of Auction Item Displays

Posted by Summy Lau on Dec 8, 2017 9:51:14 AM

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The holidays are the busiest shopping time of year. How do stores attract throngs of customers? By advertising good deals, offering must-have items and creating a smooth shopping experience.

Just like a brick-and-mortar retailer, the charity auction is your organization's "one night only" storefront. To motivate bidders to stop, look, and buy, it's important to create engaging, exciting auction item displays.

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Topics: silent auction bid sheets, auction displays

Charity Auctions: Providing a Better Donor Experience

Posted by Summy Lau on Nov 30, 2017 8:55:52 AM

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Charity auctions are amazing opportunities to engage with donors while raising money for your cause.

As you know, the key to successful fundraising lies in positive donor experiences. While there’s a lot to plan when hosting a charity auction event, you’ll need to make sure donor engagement is a top priority.

Charity auctions can either send your organization sailing past your fundraising goal...or leave you stuck with your oars lost at sea and goal nowhere in sight - and donor engagement plays a big role in determining which path you take.

To help, we’ve gathered 7 tips to creating the ultimate donor experience at your next charity auction:

  1. Set your fundraising goal and budget.
  2. Find great charity auction software.
  3. Recruit your volunteers.
  4. Procure your auction items.
  5. Set a time, date, and venue.
  6. Choose an auctioneer.
  7. Promote your event.

If you’re ready to host a stellar charity auction with the best donor experience, let's get started!

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Topics: donor-relations, event-production

Napa and Sonoma 100% Open for Business: See what's new🍷

Posted by Summy Lau on Nov 16, 2017 7:50:00 AM

napa Sonoma open for business Winspire.pngLast month, Northern California's picturesque wine country was hard hit with wildfires.

We are happy to say all of our partners are open for business. With fires 100 percent contained, wineries, restaurants and hotels are eager for your winning bidders to return.

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Topics: travel-experiences

#GivingTuesday 2017: What it is and how you can participate [infographic]

Posted by Summy Lau on Nov 9, 2017 7:35:00 AM

Giving-Tuesday-header.pngWe recently discussed the importance of year-end giving. A major part of many nonprofits' year-end giving campaigns: #GivingTuesday.

According to the official site, Giving Tuesday is "a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration." It takes place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (U.S.) and shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the year-end charitable season. 

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Topics: fundraising, year-end giving, #givingtuesday

JUST RELEASED: Silent Auction Luxury Hotel Stays

Posted by Ian Lauth on Nov 3, 2017 8:28:48 AM

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Successful silent auctions depend on your ability to procure exciting, high quality items - and few items generate as much buzz as incredible vacations.

Today we are excited to unveil our brand-new line of Luxury Properties for 2018-2019 designed specifically for the silent auction tables.

These are stays at 140+ luxury boutique hotels and resorts around the world with lower price points than our Signature Experience packages, which are traditionally positioned as live auction items.

Just like our Signature Experiences, if a Luxury Property item sells in you silent auction, you collect everything above the Nonprofit Cost. Otherwise, if the item doesn't receive any bids, you don't pay a dime. It's that easy!

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Topics: silent auction items, super silent auction, silent auction hotels

Must-share stats on year-end giving 🎁 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 30, 2017 7:30:00 AM

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Doesn't it feel like 2017 just began? Yet Halloween, the end of Daylight Savings and even Thanksgiving are right around the corner.

With nearly one third of all nonprofit donations occuring in December alone, it's important to execute a strategic year-end giving campaign that maximizes your impact over the next two months.

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Topics: nonprofit-infographic, Non-Profit, infographic, non-profit donations

6 Steps to Your Most Creative Auction Item Ideas, Ever

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 24, 2017 7:15:00 AM

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A big part of successful charity auctions is strategically leveraging the auction items themselves.

We recently hosted a free webinar all about best practices to procure auction items, maximize bidding during the auction, then raise even more money after the event.

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Topics: event-production, auction item procurement, event fundraising, auction item ideas

Sending Love to Napa and Sonoma 🍇

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 18, 2017 8:32:05 AM

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In the midst of tragedy across North America, last week's wildfires in Northern California hit especially close to home. Winspire has many friends and partners in picturesque wine country, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of life, health and property for all victims of the wildfires.

Despite the devastation, we are hearing amazing stories of community, compassion and resilience. People and businesses in Napa and Sonoma are helping each other and coming together in remarkable ways. It is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

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Topics: napa-valley, nonprofits, california-wine-experience, wine-country, volunteer opportunities

October Donation Give-Away Winner Announced! Congrats goes to...

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 12, 2017 8:43:34 AM

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We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's fourth Donation Give-Away drawing of 2017!

Congratulations goes to B.J. Menter, Special Events Coordinator at Arc of Onandaga. The Syracuse, New York-based charity is passionate about empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. It's our honor to be able to donate a $1,000 Hilton gift card for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

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Topics: donation-give-away, Silent Auction Ideas, donor fatigue, auction Consultation

8 Mistakes that Sap the Fun OUT of Fundraising Events

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 9, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Closeup portrait of unhappy angry mad, pissed off senior mature woman, annoyed, giving thumbs down looking with negative facial expression disapproval, isolated white background. Emotion, sign, symbol.jpegThe numbers don't lie: 93% of event attendees say their number one priority when attending a fundraiser is to have fun - even more than supporting the cause.

How can you make giving fun? By focusing on the 3 E's: Engage, Entertain and Extract.

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Topics: event-production, professional benefit auctioneer, fundraising events

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Winston & Winnie love to help Nonprofits raise money for amazing causes. They also love to travel and have a bucket list of amazing Experiences they are determined to complete in their lifetime. Winspire News is the result of this shared passion, offering fundraising advice, industry news and insight into charity fundraising with travel.