What coffee brands are served on top airlines worldwide? ☕

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 21, 2017 7:50:00 AM
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At Winspire, we're passionate about creating unique travel Experiences that turn into lifelong memories for your donors - and many of those wonderful memories start on a plane.

Whether you got to the airport at 5 a.m., are pretty much addicted to caffeine, or like me, always end up freezing cold when flying...a hot, fresh cup of coffee is the perfect way to start a vacation.

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Topics: travel-tips

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

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 18, 2017 7:35:00 AM
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We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's third Donation Give-Away drawing of 2017!

Congratulations goes to Rachel Honegger, Event Consultant for the annual MS Carnivale and auction benefiting the Central Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Fund. This charitable organization provides excellence in multiple sclerosis care to patients and families in need.

It's our honor to be able to donate a $1,000 Four Seasons gift card for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

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Topics: Donation Give-Aways, donation-give-away-winner, nonprofits

3 Ways to Harness Mobile Fundraising in 2017: INFOGRAPHIC

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 11, 2017 10:44:12 AM
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Did you know 1 in 5 donations occurred via mobile device in 2016? Some 77 percent of all Americans now own a smartphone, while charitable giving expected to reach nearly $400 billion in 2017.

Translation: There is roughly $80 billion in mobile donations up for grabs this year!

With more and more donors connected at the hip with their smartphones, how can you tap into the trend?

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Topics: fundraising, mobile fundraising

Is a Charity Race Right for Your Event? 7 Surprising Benefits

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 7, 2017 9:26:38 AM
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Ever considered hosting a 5K, "Fun Run" or Walk for charity?

If you've relied on the same black-tie galas and golf tournaments year after year, putting on a race can be an effective way to raise awareness of your organization, loop in new members of the community, gain event sponsors and more.

Read on for 7 short- and long-term benefits of holding a race. Then, sign up for next week's FREE webinar all about maximizing your Fun Run fundraising results.

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Topics: event-production

12 Revenue Enhancers Besides Silent Auctions to Try at Your Event

Posted by Summy Lau on Jun 29, 2017 12:27:25 PM

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When it comes to fundraising events, the live auction is almost always the "meat and potatoes" of the night, hauling in an estimated two-thirds of your total revenue.

In addition to the fundraising main course, many events both large and small benefit from employing a variety of revenue enhancers. These are the "appetizers, sides, drinks and dessert" that can translate to tens of thousands of additional dollars for your cause - or at the very least, more fun and participation for all your guests.

In today's post, we've compiled 12 of the best event fundraising add-on ideas out there. From entertaining raffles to creative icebreakers to wine trees (yep, wine trees!) and more, which will you add to your event?

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Topics: event-production

When to Include "Buy Now" Prices on Bid Sheets

Posted by Summy Lau on Jun 27, 2017 9:12:42 AM

When to Include "Buy Now" Prices on Auction Bid Sheets

The best silent auction items generate a flurry of back-and-forth bidding until one winner is crowned. Indeed, the competitive nature of bidding is what makes charity auctions such an entertaining fundraiser - and what drives bids higher and higher.

However, what happens to 2nd and 3rd place bidders? When they don't win that coveted Date Night basket or flat-screen TV... those once-pledged dollars often end up walking right out the door at the end of the night.

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Topics: event-production, silent auction bid sheets

6 Tips to Assemble a Procurement Super Team

Posted by Summy Lau on Jun 20, 2017 10:37:08 AM

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Successful charity auctions require high quality auction items. Step one: assembling your procurement team.

Like any legendary group of heroes - think Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Super Friends - your committee is faced with a seemingly insurmountable task. To succeed, you'll need driven, creative people who demonstrate tenacity and come from all different backgrounds. Most importantly, they must be willing to step up for your cause when it counts.

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Topics: last-minute-procurement, procurement, event-production, auction item procurement

Donor & Volunteer Current Trends: INFOGRAPHIC

Posted by Summy Lau on Jun 16, 2017 9:21:36 AM

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At Winspire News, we strive to keep our readers informed with up-to-date information on the fundraising world. Perhaps no information is more important than understanding the motivations of your donor base.

In today's infographic, we looked at recent Harris Poll survey data from over 2,000 U.S. adults on their nonprofit support and giving habits.

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Topics: donor-relations

4 Easy Steps to 'Feed' Your Auction's Top Spenders

Posted by Summy Lau on Jun 12, 2017 9:29:16 AM

4 Easy Steps to 'Feed' Your Auction's Top Spenders

In last week's post, we discussed a simple yet often overlooked principle of fundraising auctions: analyzing the different spending tiers of bidders at your event.

Today we share 4 practical steps to use this information by customizing your live auction with top tier spenders in mind.

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Topics: event-production, donor cultivation

This Simple Concept Is a Game-Changer for Auction Procurement

Posted by Summy Lau on Jun 6, 2017 9:53:46 AM

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When nonprofits have hosted the same event for years, it's common to reach a plateau.

Wondering how you can break through a slump and once again generate record profits?

If your event includes a live auction, a big piece of the puzzle is learning to cater to your top tier of spenders. Who has the greatest propensity to spend at your event? And how can you customize the live auction so everybody wants to participate - but only the top few percent can actually afford to?

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Topics: event-production, live auction

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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.