5 Ways to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 29, 2017 10:42:15 AM

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By now, you've probably seen the images on the news.

Category 4 Hurricane Harvey has brought torrential rains and massive river flooding to southeast Texas, leaving 30,000 and counting without shelter. The destruction and damage has been widespread and, in some cases, fatal.

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Topics: nonprofits

6 Reasons to Attend the RAISE 2017 Event Fundraising Conference

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 24, 2017 8:05:00 AM

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RAISE 2017, sponsored by BidPal®, is the first national conference for event fundraising professionals. The one-day conference will take place September 25-26 in Washington, DC. and will be preceded by a half-day user conference and cocktail networking reception.

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Topics: nonprofits

The Easiest Way to Set Opening Bids on Live Auction Items

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 22, 2017 9:50:49 AM

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The easiest way to set opening bids in your live auction, is to leave it to the pros! Check out these real-life submissions from recent webinar Q&As...

"Do fundraising auctioneers typically know how to start the bidding in a live auction, and do you have any recommendations as to what amounts to start at?"

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Topics: no-risk-auction-items, event-production, benefit auctioneer, consignment

2017 Online Giving Trends: INFOGRAPHIC

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 17, 2017 10:29:16 AM

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Have you noticed an increase in online donations lately?

As our lives become more and more intertwined with technology (employee microchipping, anyone?), the way we support charity is no exception.

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Topics: fundraising, online donors, nonprofit websites

The Golden Hour of Fundraising Auctions 🌅

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 15, 2017 8:56:27 AM

The Golden Hour of Fundraising Auctions.pngIn photography, the golden hour is the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when daylight is redder, softer, and perfect for capturing precious memories. In medicine, it's the first hour after serious injury. Time is of the essence, and the earlier emergency treatment is administered, the better.

In charity fundraising events, the golden hour is the peak time of your program to launch the #1 revenue generator of the night: the live auction.

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Topics: event-production, live auction, auction timeline

When Do Auctioneers Recommend Using No-risk Travel? 3 Scenarios

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 9, 2017 7:40:00 AM
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In last week's post, "How many items should be included in a live auction?", we concluded that most events use 7 to 12 items. More important than the quantity, however, is the quality. These 7 to 12 items need to be premium, big-ticket packages worth the high bids you seek.

What if you run into trouble filling the live auction with high-caliber donations?

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Topics: travel-experiences, consignment travel

6 Quick Tips for an Online Donation Page that Packs a Punch

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 3, 2017 9:13:57 AM

6 Tips to Get More Online Donations

You already know how important it is for your nonprofit to have a website. You've chosen striking images, posted statistics on your impact, and made sure your "donate" button is displayed prominently on every page. Unfortunately, it hasn't been enough.

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Topics: fundraising, nonprofit websites

How many items should be included in a live auction?

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 1, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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"Dear Winspire, How many items should we put in the live auction portion of our fundraising gala? We usually have around 125 guests. Last year, we auctioned off 17 items and the coordinator said it was way too many – that people lost interest by the end. Do you have any suggestions before Monday's auction meeting?" - Nancy B., Indiana

This is one of the most common questions we get: What's the right number of live auction items? Too few, and you've left money on the table. Too many, and you risk losing the crowd's focus.

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Topics: auction-procurement, event-production, live auction

Beginner's Guide to Live Auction PowerPoint Slides [FREE Templates]

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 27, 2017 8:51:11 AM

10 Tips to Use PowerPoint in Your Live Auction

If you've ever hosted a charity auction in the past, you know how important it is to create a lavish shopping experience for your donors. Bright visuals and sleek displays are essential, and nowhere is this more true than the fundraising highlight of the night: the live auction.

Why not use PowerPoint slides to put every item's "best foot forward"?

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Topics: event-production, fundraising templates

The 6 Most Important Event Chairs to Recruit for Your Fundraising Auction

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 26, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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When it comes to hosting a successful fundraising auction, few can do it alone. You'll need several passionate, organized committee chairs with a laser-sharp focus on specific aspects of your event.

What are the most essential event chair roles and responsibilities? And how can you find the right person for each job?

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Topics: event-production, auction committee

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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.