An Open Plea to Hold Better Events

Posted by Winspireme on Oct 24, 2012 3:24:00 AM
Unsuccessful Event Means Empty Conference Room

By Katya Andresen on her blog NonprofitMarketingBlog.com

I got the following email today from one of my blog readers, John Scott Foster of the Wesselman Nature Society.

I had an experience this weekend I thought you might be interested in.  I attended two “gala” type events.  One was the standard, at a conference center.  Held from 6 to 8:30.  Coat and tie.  Arrive at 6, cash bar, sit at a table at 7.  People say nice things.  You eat.  People say nice things.  Silent auction.  Then at the end of the silent auction, we are thanked for coming/supporting and told we can all stay and dance to the DJ selection.  3/4ths of the people run out the door, happy to have that obligation over.

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Topics: creative-event, Industry News, fundraising, successful-event, better-events, successful-fundraiser, Latest News 2, fundraising-success, event-production

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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January Donation Give-Away: Indy-Style Open-wheel Racing Experience

Posted by Winspireme on Jan 12, 2012 2:21:00 AM

We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for January: Indy-Style Open-wheel Racing experience for (1) at your choice of participating locations. Have the need for speed? Feeling adventurous? The Mario Andretti Racing School Experience offers your party of (1) an unforgettable and thrilling racing experience. Mario Andretti Racing School Experience, "The World's Fastest Driving Experience" puts you behind the wheel of a full sized, Indy-style race car. If driving these cars weren't thrilling enough, add the fact that you'll be taking laps on the world's premiere superspeedways.

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

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 11, 2011 5:20:00 PM
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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.

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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

Fundraising Tip: Sell One Package to All of the Top Bidders

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 30, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Winspire Fundraising Tip

Several people bidding on the same package? Maximize your silent auction fundraising revenue by accepting the second highest bid and sell the package to the top two bidders. Then quickly go back to the third and fourth highest bidders who may well want to increase their bid slightly to be winners too! More happy winners, more excitement and more revenue for a great cause.

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Last Chance to Enter the Donation Give-Away!

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 29, 2011 1:00:00 AM
LAST CHANCE to start following Winspire

LAST CHANCE to follow Winspire to become eligible to win a trip to Napa Valley Wine Country!

The drawing for our November Donation Give-Away will take place tomorrow at 6pm EST, so we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that today is your last chance to start following Winspire to become eligible to win this fantastic VIP package experience. That means you must Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter and/or Subscribe to our online newsletter today. If you do all three, you triple your chances of winning.

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Fundraising Tip: When Asking for Donations Ask for a Second Item

Posted by Ian Lauth on Nov 21, 2011 2:01:00 AM
Ask for two donations

When asking for donations many people don’t think of asking for a second item. Asking for that second donation can greatly increase your revenue in the auction because you can now sell the same item to two people in the auction and double your revenue.

For example if you are able to secure two donated tickets to a major sporting event and sell them in your auction for $200, imagine if you had a second pair that you could sell to a second bidder for an additional $200. You just increased your net revenue from $200 to $400 just by asking for a second pair of tickets.

When asking for the second item, many people will be more than willing to make the extra donation but you first have to ask.

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Event Follow Up: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Gala

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 18, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Event Spotlight FollowUp - Ohr Museum Gala

Two weeks ago we announced the Ohr O’Keefe event. In addition to being a really fantastic evening, they sold five exotic Winspire packages, allowing them to maximize their fundraising revenue at the event.

Following is a list of the five Winspire packages they sold...

San Francisco Tonga Room Dining Experience

Dinner at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, Fairmont San Francisco 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 (3370-2)

Ireland Adventure

6-Night Getaway in Dublin, Ennis & Killarney, Historic Castle Overnight Stay, Rental Car, Guinness Storehouse VIP Tickets, Gap of Dunloe & Aran Islands Excursions with Airfare for 2 (1302-2)
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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.