3 Quick Tips for Procuring Quality Auction Items

Posted by Ian Lauth on Nov 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Procuring Quality Charity Auction Items

Benefit auctions can be a successful fundraising strategy for Nonprofits and a great way to raise awareness. Before your Nonprofit can host a benefit auction, however, you first have to procure exciting and appealing silent auction items. Even with a dedicated and knowledgeable auction committee, this can feel like an overwhelming task. Follow these three tips to make the process smoother and easier to manage.

1. Calculate How Much You're Trying to Raise

When you ask Nonprofits how much money they want to raise, most are going to say there is no such thing as raising “too much money”. However, determining a concrete goal will keep your Nonprofit focused on procuring the right quality and quantity of items to make that number possible. As your procurement team begins the process of gathering items, take the time to determine the Suggested Retail Value and Estimated Yield of each item as they come in.

Read More

Topics: fundraising, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, event-production, time management, auction item procurement

Fundraising Events Aren't Just for Raising Money

Posted by Ian Lauth on Nov 4, 2013 9:55:00 AM

Use Fundraising Events to Recognize VIP Donors and Entertain your Supporters

Nonprofits have a lot to accomplish. As a Nonprofit, you have to raise awareness, inspire people to be passionate about your mission, keep donors contributing and raise enough money to make a difference.

This is no small feat. How do you form a strategy to accomplish all of these goals? One of the best ways to get the ball rolling is to host a fundraising event. 

“But aren’t fundraising events just for raising money?” you ask.

Well, while they may be one of the most effective ways to raise money for your organization, that’s not all they are good for. Holding a large nonprofit auction items event on behalf of your Nonprofit can help in a number of ways...

Read More

Topics: fundraising, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, donor-relations, event-production, acquiring-new-donors, donor retention

Top 10 Reasons to Use No-Risk Auction Items

Posted by Ian Lauth on Feb 27, 2012 2:00:00 AM
Top Ten Reasons to Use No-Risk Auction Items
  1. Priceless Experiences: Many of our packages are things you can’t ordinarily access or are available only through Winspire. Because these experiences are priceless and difficult to value, bidders will pay whatever it takes to win them… ultimately making your Nonprofit more money.
  2. Only Buy What You Sell: Your Nonprofit organization is only obligated to purchase packages that reach a minimum auction price set by you and your Winspire Team Member, giving you control over how much you make. If you don’t get the minimum bid on a package, you don’t pay anything to Winspire. This guarantees you profit on items sold and makes all our packages 100% Risk Free.
Read More

Topics: best-sold-silent-auction-items, Winspire News, fundraising, no-risk-auction-items, Winspire Packages, nonprofits, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, unique-experiences, top-10, donor-relations, travel-experiences, event-production

January Give-Away Winner: Congratulations to Becci Ruder & Leadership Pikes Peak!

Posted by Ian Lauth on Feb 8, 2012 6:00:00 PM

Winspire is thrilled to announce the winner of the January 2012 Donation Give-Away! Becci Ruder, Program Coordinator for Leadership Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, will be auctioning off the Mario Andretti Racing Experience at LPP's annual event, Hats Off to Leadership, on Saturday, April 21 at the United States Air Force Academy. All money raised at the gala will directly support the programs offered by Leadership Pikes Peak. Since 1979, LPP has been producing community leaders who have had a profound and lasting impact on the education, health, political, business, nonprofit, and civic sectors of our community.

Read More

Topics: Donation Give-Aways, indy-style-racing-experience, leadership-pikes-peak, donation-give-away, nonprofits, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk

Crazy Internet Auction Items

Posted by Ian Lauth on Jan 23, 2012 12:55:00 AM

Got a few extra dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Looking for that “must have” item to talk about at your next cocktail party? Log on to the internet, join in on one of the millions of on-line auctions and you might be the lucky winner of such items as:

  • A giant Cheeto - $180
  • Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten French toast - $3,154
  • A Haunted Rubber Ducky - $107.50
  • A Serial Killer’s Fingernail - $9.99
  • An imaginary friend, complete with a photo of nothing – over $3,000
Read More

Topics: something-funny, Winspire News, fundraising, mother-teresa, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk

December Give-Away Winner: Congratulations to Helena Anderson & Flying Horse Farms!!

Posted by Winspireme on Jan 12, 2012 11:09:00 PM

We are happy to announce the winner of the December 2011 Donation Give-Away! Helena Anderson, President of the Anderson Companies in Columbus, Ohio is excited to be donating the American Airlines certificates to Flying Horse Farms to use in their 2nd Annual Beneath the Stars 2012 fundraiser on October 5th where 100% of this donation will help send a child to camp.

Read More

Topics: donated, auction-item, inspired-packages, charity, travel-package, Donation Give-Aways, procurement, donation-give-away, fundraising-tip, winspire-package, donation, contest-winner, raise-funds, bucket-list-travel, nonprofits, travel-experience, donation-give-aways-2, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, fundraising-success, Success Story

Bring on the Goodies

Posted by Winspireme on Jan 5, 2012 4:14:00 AM

If you are like most travelers, you take extra pleasure in learning about the added amenities and services that are offered by a hotel. While exotic shampoos, artisan chocolates and high thread-count designer sheets are lovely, these have all become standard with most hotels. In today’s competitive market, it is the extra “goodies” that are placing some hotel properties above and beyond, and creating a buzz with their guests. The folks at Fortnighter.com have compiled a list of a few unique and very cool amenities. Imagine if you will. . .

Read More

Topics: interesting, hotel-amenities, travel-tips, goodies, Winspire News, hotel-stay, hotel-pillow-mint, travel-perks, anecdote, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, travel-experiences

Event Spotlight: The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 11, 2011 5:20:00 PM
ucpie-logo

The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic Reception was held Sunday, December 4 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire. Kicking off the well-attended evening was MC Fitz Fitzgerald who introduced headlining comedian Josh Blue. Blue, the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing,  has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes have to do with living with his disability, how he deals with it and how other people view him. The next day, a full field of players competed in the 16th Annual Golf Tournament at the Mission Hills Tournament Course.

Read More

Topics: auction-items, auction, raising-money, Event Spotlight, winspire-news-2, charitable-mission, successful-fundraiser, success-story-2, nonprofits, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, auction-procurement, fundraising-success

Big Brothers Big Sisters "Get Their Feet Wet"

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 16, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass Success Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass in Michigan (bbbsofbc.org) recently had a very successful fundraiser they almost didn't go through with due to staffing obstacles. Winspire worked with the organization to get the event in order, discussing various "Bucket List" items they could use to boost revenue and increase the profile of the auction. They enjoyed the concept of "Bucket List" items so much, they decided to name their event the "Time of Your Life Bucket List Evening Auction", and included multiple unique experience packages from Winspire.

The event organizer, Kathryn S. Rossow, was thrilled by how the event turned out and had some kind words she wanted to share...

Read More

Topics: maximize-fundraising-revenue, auction-item, inspired-packages, non-profit-2, travel-package, procurement, auction-items, Winspire News, auction, raising-money, Event Spotlight, winspire-package, winspire-news-2, fundraising, charitable-mission, non-profit-news, Winspire Packages, successful-fundraiser, bucket-list, success-story-2, raise-funds, bucket-list-travel, nonprofits, fundraising-tips-2, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, auction-procurement, fundraising-success, Success Story

Winspire participates in 21st Annual CHOC Walk

Posted by Winspireme on Oct 26, 2011 2:00:00 AM
CHOC Walk
Winspire Kids Walk for CHOC

The 21st Annual CHOC Walk in the Park presented by the Disneyland® Resort was a tremendous success with more than 14,000 walkers raising $1.7 million for Children’s Hospital of Orange County!

Our staff here at Winspire was happy to participate with 50 walkers at “way too early of an hour” on a Sunday morning. Thank you to all of you who made the walk. While the time was early, it was well worth it.

Read More

Topics: Industry News, choc-walk, Winspire News, winspire-news-2, fundraising, childrens-hospital, Non-Profit, successful-fundraiser, success-story-2, nonprofits, 10-reasons-to-use-no-risk, fundraising-success, Success Story

Donation Give-Away

Posts by Topic

see all
winspire-twins-blog

Meet Winston & Winnie, the Winspire Twins

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.