13 Proven Ways to Raise More Money at Your Fundraising Event

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 23, 2016 10:50:09 AM

13 Proven Ways to Raise More Money at Your Fundraising EventAt Winspire News, we hear from a lot of fundraising professionals and volunteers.

Along with questions on auction best practices (how many items to include in the live auction, bestselling silent auction items, setting minimum bids and so forth), we've also gotten these:

How do we address those who say, "I don't go to the auction and never will."?
Are auctions really worth the time and cost?
How do I refresh my 14-year event? Is it time to give it up and move on to another type of event?

Perhaps you can relate.

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Topics: fundraising-ideas, Silent Auction Ideas, event-production, charity auction, email marketing, sponsorships, event-promotion

Spring Fundraising Idea: Set Up a "Mother's and Father's Day" Raffle

Posted by Summy Lau on Apr 7, 2016 10:45:09 AM
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Spring is in full swing, and with it, a peak time for fundraising events like annual galas, golf tournaments and live auctions. Have you brainstormed ways to keep your events new and exciting?

It's tempting to think "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Fact is, fresh ideas are the antidote to donor fatigue, no matter how successful your events have been in the past. Bringing something new to the table can supercharge attendance and revenue for almost all nonprofits.

Here's an idea to get donors buzzing about your annual spring fundraiser: hold a Mother's Day and Father's Day "Winner's Choice" Raffle!

Read on for a quick overview of how a raffle can raise tens of thousands of dollars for your cause, plus see the best raffle prizes that honor the upcoming holidays and take just minutes to reserve.

Ticket-icon.png What is a "Winner's Choice" Raffle?

What could make winning an incredible vacation in a raffle even better? The ability to choose where you go and what you do!

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Topics: raffle, fundraising, fundraising-ideas

Event Spotlight: How a Special "Trip of a Lifetime" Raffle Raised $32,000 for Ohio Nonprofit LifeAct

Posted by Summy Lau on Feb 18, 2016 9:48:38 AM

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LifeAct, a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention education, partnered with Winspire to reserve once-in-a-lifetime Experiences for their annual raffle.

  • $32,000 raised from raffle
  • Over 300 tickets sold
  • Proceeds contribute to 1,354 students coming forward to seek help last year

Since 1992, LifeAct’s mission has been to prevent suicide by educating young people to recognize the symptoms of depression and seek professional help. They send trained, credentialed instructors into middle and high schools throughout Northeast Ohio to teach their program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, at no cost to schools.

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Topics: nonprofit, raffle, event-spotlight-2, testimonial, fundraising-ideas, success-story-2

Auction Item Tip: You Can Never Go Wrong With the Wine Country

Posted by Ian Lauth on Oct 21, 2011 1:00:00 AM
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“What are the most popular items that are used in fundraising auctions?”

We have worked with thousands of Non-Profits in all 50 states & Canada and we are often asked this question. The answer can be a little tricky because it depends on several factors, such as the type of event, the demographic of the auction audience, or what items have already been donated and are being auctioned off.

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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.