Fundraising Tip: Maximize your Silent Auction Revenue by Offering a “Buy It Now” Feature

Posted by Ian Lauth on Jan 20, 2012 12:15:00 AM

When it comes to silent auctions, there is a common misconception with both auction planners and prospective bidders that there is one winner for each item. While that may be true for many items on a silent auction table, this is not the case with Winspire’s no-risk travel, entertainment and sports packages. Each of our packages has been developed so that they can be sold multiple times in a single event.

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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.

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Winning Bidder Experience - Las Vegas 3-Night Stay with Cirque Du Soleil VIP Tickets

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 14, 2011 1:00:00 AM

We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from her trip for two to The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas VIP...

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December Donation Give-Away: Two Tickets to Any American Airlines Destination in the 48 States and Canada!

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 1, 2011 1:00:00 AM
December Donation Give-Away Two American Airline Tickets

We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for December: Two tickets on American Airlines to any of their destinations in the contiguous 48 states & Canada!* Always a hot auction item because of the open-ended nature of the offer, your Non-Profit can use these tickets to round out a previously donated package or as a stand-alone in a raffle or auction. The purchaser of this package can use these tickets to go anywhere American Airlines flies in the 48 contiguous United States & Canada, subject to availability. See the Package Summary below for more details.

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2 Weeks Until Drawing for Donation Give-Away!

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 15, 2011 1:00:00 AM

November Winpsire Donation Give-Away Package - 2 Weeks Left!

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Winning Bidder Experience - Charleston, South Carolina Getaway

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 11, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Winning Bidder Experience - Charleston, South Carolina

We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from his Charleston Luxury Getaway...

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Winter Season 2011-12: Both Bad News & Good News

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 3, 2011 2:00:00 AM

As the Northeastern U.S. digs itself out of the first major snow storm of the year, we are reminded that winter is on the way.

The Bad News:  according to James Madden from Exacta Weather, a non-profit weather organization comprised of meteorologists from all over the world, “There is a potentially record breaking US winter for 2011 and 2012 with extremely cold temperatures and exceptional levels of snow.”

The Good News: This means another amazing year for winter sports at ski and snowboard resorts throughout North America!

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Winspire offers a variety of ski-related packages for use in fundraising events.  Among our most popular is Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia) 3-Night Ski Package. In addition to staying at the famed, ski-in/ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel, winning bidders will have three full days to test their ski or snowboarding skills on 8,100 acres of terrain at the Whistler & Blackcomb resorts.  After a full day on the mountain, Whistler Villiage awaits with world class cuisine and a robust after-ski pub scene.

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Winspire Items Account for 31% of Total Earnings in Fundraiser

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 2, 2011 2:00:00 AM

UW_LOGO_HORIZ_colour_ID-1.jpgUnited Way of the Alberta Capital Region was thrilled with the success of their 2011 Suncor Fundraiser this year. It was their first time including Winspire packages at a fundraising event, and they successfully sold 7 different experiences a total of 14 times. Overall, Winspire items accounted for 31% of the total Auction Earnings for the 2011 Suncor Fundraiser.

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How Much Does a Date With Scarlett Johansson Cost?

Posted by Ian Lauth on Oct 28, 2011 2:00:00 AM
How much to date this beauty?

We all know superstar actress Scarlett Johansson is worth a lot, but who knew she would draw so much fundraising money for a simple date?

Earlier this month a British charity auction, raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, put a date with the actress up for grabs. During the live auction event, two wealthy men in the audience got into a bidding war.

It turns out a date with Scarlett Johansson, who did not attend the event, was the most expensive auction item of the night - earning the fundraiser almost $41,000!!

Who was the lucky man to win a night with the Hollywood superstar? Non other than Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who actually agreed to share the evening with fellow bidder Harry Becher. They split it down the middle, with each guy ponying up $20,000.

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Event Spotlight - “Diamonds Ohr Forever”

Posted by Winspireme on Oct 27, 2011 2:00:00 AM
Event Spotlight
James Bond Themed Silent Auction & Gala

Winspire is happy to spotlight an upcoming special fundraising event for Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Mississippi that has a unique and fun theme this year. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will be presenting the 10th Annual George Ohr Gala with a James Bond theme of "Diamonds Ohr Forever."

When we think of James Bond, we think of exotic European locations and fast cars. In order to maximize their auction revenue, they have selected a few Winspire packages for their up-coming event that compliment the Bond theme, including: Exotic Supercar Driving Experience and a spectacular trip to Switzerland, Monaco and London. This is the fourth time Winspire has been honored to help support this wonderful museum and their mission.

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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.