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7 Tips to Arrange Seating Strategically in a Live Auction

Posted by Summy Lau on Jan 18, 2018 9:23:41 AM
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What's the best way to arrange seating in a live auction? As always, it's imperative to think like a pro when planning a fundraising event.

Today we're going to look at how a benefit auctioneer would approach one often-overlooked aspect of running a charity auction: reserved tables and seating arrangements.

Specifically, we're going to look at a seating concept called the "triangle of influence."

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Wine Pull, 5th Ticket Raffle & The Hot Potato Pig: 5 Auction Enhancers You Haven't Tried

Posted by Summy Lau on Jan 16, 2018 6:30:00 AM

5 Revenue Enhancer Ideas.pngAt fundraising events, it's smart to focus your efforts on the live auction. They haul in the majority of your funds and are the evening's entertainment highlight to boot.

That said, employing a variety of revenue enhancers - mini fundraising opportunities and games - keep your agenda exciting, entertain guests and add tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

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Topics: event-production, fundraising event ideas

Is poor sound killing your auction? Here's how to fix it

Posted by Summy Lau on Jan 10, 2018 8:55:21 AM
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Why do fundraising events need good, clean sound?

Your ability to raise money depends on it.

As competition between charities grows, donor dollars are getting stretched thinner and thinner. To stand out, your auction must entertain the crowd and keep guests engaged the entire time.

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Topics: event-production

Charitable Giving Forecasts for 2018: Infographic

Posted by Summy Lau on Jan 5, 2018 10:15:50 AM


With winter storms hitting the East Coast and cold snaps across the country, all eyes have been glued to the weather forecasts...

How about the charitable giving forecast?

Today on the blog, we have compiled some of the most important stats and predictions out there regarding charitable giving in 2018. See which donor sources are growing fastest, the meteoric rise of "donor-advised funds" - and how passage of the new tax bill will affect giving in 2018.

We hope the information is useful as you begin strategizing for budgeting, programming and development in the year ahead.

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Topics: fundraising

Top Posts of 2017: Silent Auction Baskets, Revenue Enhancers & More

Posted by Summy Lau on Jan 2, 2018 10:36:33 AM

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Happy New Year from Winspire!

What a year it has been. The world of event fundraising is changing day by day, and we have the articles and resources to prove it.

Before we close the books on 2017, we wanted to share just a few highlights from the wide range of fundraising topics covered this year at Winspire News

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Topics: holiday-greetings, Winspire News, Silent Auction Ideas

In 2017, you changed the face of fundraising.

Posted by Summy Lau on Dec 21, 2017 9:47:39 AM

2017 infographic header1.jpgThis year, no-risk travel generated huge momentum as a nonprofit fundraising strategy, and you're to thank.

We put together an infographic detailing the impact you made on event fundraising in 2017, plus the wonderful community we've continued to foster here at Winspire News.

From all of us at Team Winspire, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and continued success in 2018.

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Topics: holiday-greetings, happy-holidays

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


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

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