Charitable giving in 2012 was nearly stagnant, with a rise of 1.7% over the 2011 donation levels. So far, 2013 looks to be maintaining this stagnation as giving is on average increasing 1%-3% in a year-to-year comparison with 2012. What this means for charities is that the competition for charitable donations will remain very high. As a result, it is important for charities and nonprofit organizations to develop unique fundraisers that distinguish their group from the otherorganizations that are competing for the same donor dollars.
Procuring auction items is hard work! Follow these tips to save time and procure items that will make you the most money.
When you start procuring auction items, do you:
- A) Send out a general call to your school, church, or supporter network for general donations?
- B) Reach out to local businesses and ask for specific types of donations?
- C) Focus on in-demand items and request only those?
Many organizations answer this question with A)—and end up with a silent auction that feels more like a garage sale. With B) and C), you save yourself and your auction committee time by collecting fewer items, making fewer packages, and putting only the best out on the auction tables.
By Sylia Obagi
Director of Operations, Annenberg Foundation
Posted at HuffingtonPost.com
Most nonprofit leaders don't think of income generation as their top priority. Their purposes to serve, they reason. Raising money is secondary.
This kind of thinking is one of the biggest mistakes a nonprofit can make.
Without a strong fundraising culture, nonprofits often lurch from one financial crisis to another. Many fail to thrive. In spite of good ideas and sometimes great potential, some simply die.
The following letter to the donors of America was penned by the leaders of the country’s three leading sources of information on nonprofits – GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The letter is made available the the public under the Attribution-NoDerivs Creative Commons license, which allows for it to be shared and distributed for any purpose so long as it remains unchanged. You may download a PDF of the letter here. - re-posted from overheadmyth.com
To the Donors of America:
We write to correct a misconception about what matters when deciding which charity to support.
The percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs—commonly referred to as “overhead”—is a poor measure of a charity’s performance.
We ask you to pay attention to other factors of nonprofit performance: transparency, governance, leadership, and results. For years, each of our organizations has been working to increase the depth and breadth of the information we provide to donors in these areas so as to provide a much fuller picture of a charity’s performance.
During the AFP Conference in San Diego last April, we distributed cardboard cutouts of the Winspire Twins, Winston & Winnie. On the back were directions for people or groups to go take the most creative picture possible with the Twins anywhere at the conference or in the city. The winner of the contest would receive two 1-night Fairmont certificate to be used anywhere in the country!
After sifting through plenty of creative submissions, we found our favorite from Michael Slaymaker from Easter Seals Disability Services in Florida, who was brave enough to get close to a group of massive sea lions to take a picture with the Twins.
When it’s your job to come up with a clever way to raise copious amounts of money for your Nonprofit, it can become a daunting task very quickly if you’re stuck without the right fundraising auction ideas. It’s important to remember that above all, excited donors spend more money. So how do you get your donors excited? By offering exciting and unique no-risk auction items at your event.
Whether you’re having an auction or raffle, finding a Nonprofit fundraising idea can be as simple as picking a theme. Luckily, almost any theme imaginable can be tied to a trip or experience of some kind. Casino Night? How about offering a trip to Vegas. Or for a more romantic ambiance, consider a trip to Paris. Many of the event organizers we work with actually form their charity fundraising theme around a unique experience we have available.
Our team of professional Event Consultants has worked with countless Nonprofits around the United States and Canada to help them create the most successful charity fundraisers possible. They’ve just about seen it all and their experience has shown them what works and what doesn’t. When it comes to helping a Nonprofit find the best idea for raising money from their audience, your Event Consultant will draw upon their expertise with your target demographic, event type and attendance size.
The question today is not whether you should use social media, but how you should use the information your constituents are sharing on social media to attract more people to your mission and make your fundraising campaigns more successful. The answer to the question lies in understanding your social media constituents and identifying which ones are the most well-connected, influential, and... Read more
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We are thrilled to announce the winner of the May 2012 Donation Give-Away! Connie Mattos is excited to be donating the Fairmont Scottsdale 2-Night Stay with Championship Golf to the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins, CO for use in their next fundraiser. The Child Advocacy Center is a Nonprofit whose mission it is to reduce trauma to children and their families through a comprehensive response to child abuse.
From the CAC website, www.larimercac.org:
"Our vision is to eliminate child abuse through prevention and education. Where we cannot, all victims will receive comprehensive and compassionate services from an effective team of professionals."
The CAC conducts forensic interviews with children who have allegedly been abused, or who have been possible witnesses to violent crimes; provides support services, mental health and medical exam referrals to families; holds community trainings on child abuse issues; conducts both a school (Talking About Touching) and community based (Steward’s of Children) prevention program.
Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford surprised patrons last weekend at the Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson Champions for Children's Hearts auction event, when he won a Monday Night Football Package that included tickets to his own game, beating other interested parties with a $15,000 bid.
The event was raising money for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, and had many patients in attendance. Prior to the auction, Stafford had spent time befriending Mott's patient Faith Falzone and her brother Will - both big Detroit Lions fans. After winning the package, Stafford promptly turned to Will and gave him the entire MNF package, saying, "There you go buddy, you go to Chicago, and take your family."
Set in the rugged Sonoran Desert and surrounded by the stunning McDowell Mountains, TPC Scottsdale offers two championship courses to enjoy – the world famous Stadium Course and the stunning Champions Course. As Arizona’s only PGA TOUR facility, it is truly a unique opportunity to experience quality and service normally reserved for professionals.
For more information about these amazing courses, please visit www.TPC.com. To use this package in your up-coming charity fundraising event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 877.544.8555.