The Golden Hour of Fundraising Auctions πŸŒ…

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 15, 2017 8:56:27 AM

The Golden Hour of Fundraising Auctions.pngIn photography, the golden hour is the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when daylight is redder, softer, and perfect for capturing precious memories.

In medicine, it's the first hour after serious injury. Time is of the essence, and the earlier emergency treatment is administered, the better.

In charity fundraising events, the golden hour is the peak time of your program to launch the #1 revenue generator of the night: the live auction.

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Topics: event-production, live auction, auction timeline

When Do Auctioneers Recommend Using No-risk Travel? 3 Scenarios

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 9, 2017 7:40:00 AM
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In last week's post, "How many items should be included in a live auction?", we concluded that most events use 7 to 12 items. More important than the quantity, however, is the quality. These 7 to 12 items need to be premium, big-ticket packages worth the high bids you seek.

What if you run into trouble filling the live auction with high-caliber donations?

No-risk consignment travel items can help. Read on for 3 common scenarios in which professional benefit auctioneers recommend using no-risk travel, plus a few sample trips making headlines in 2017 (yep, we have Iceland).

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Topics: travel-experiences, consignment travel

6 Quick Tips for an Online Donation Page that Packs a Punch

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 3, 2017 9:13:57 AM

6 Tips to Get More Online Donations

You already know how important it is for your nonprofit to have a website. You've chosen striking images, posted statistics on your impact, and made sure your "donate" button is displayed prominently on every page. Unfortunately, it hasn't been enough.

You are competing with hundreds of other nonprofits for a new visitor's attention. How can your website rise from the rest and get more people to support the cause?

In today's post, learn six simple tips for your online giving page to stand out from the crowd, and ultimately convert more visitors into donors.

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Topics: fundraising, nonprofit websites

How many items should be included in a live auction?

Posted by Summy Lau on Aug 1, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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"Dear Winspire, How many items should we put in the live auction portion of our fundraising gala? We usually have around 125 guests. Last year, we auctioned off 17 items and the coordinator said it was way too many – that people lost interest by the end. Do you have any suggestions before Monday's auction meeting?" - Nancy B., Indiana

This is one of the most common questions we get: What's the right number of live auction items? Too few, and you've left money on the table. Too many, and you risk losing the crowd's focus.

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Topics: auction-procurement, event-production, live auction

Beginner's Guide to Live Auction PowerPoint Slides [FREE Templates]

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 27, 2017 8:51:11 AM

10 Tips to Use PowerPoint in Your Live Auction

If you've ever hosted a charity auction in the past, you know how important it is to create a lavish shopping experience for your donors. Bright visuals and sleek displays are essential, and nowhere is this more true than the fundraising highlight of the night: the live auction.

Why not use PowerPoint slides to put every item's "best foot forward"?

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Topics: event-production, fundraising templates

The 6 Most Important Event Chairs to Recruit for Your Fundraising Auction

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 26, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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When it comes to hosting a successful fundraising auction, few can do it alone. You'll need several passionate, organized committee chairs with a laser-sharp focus on specific aspects of your event.

What are the most essential event chair roles and responsibilities? And how can you find the right person for each job?

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Topics: event-production, auction committee

What coffee brands are served on top airlines worldwide? β˜•

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 21, 2017 7:50:00 AM
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At Winspire, we're passionate about creating unique travel Experiences that turn into lifelong memories for your donors - and many of those wonderful memories start on a plane.

Whether you got to the airport at 5 a.m., are pretty much addicted to caffeine, or like me, always end up freezing cold when flying...a hot, fresh cup of coffee is the perfect way to start a vacation.

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Topics: travel-tips

July Donation Give-Away Winner Announced! Congrats goes to...

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 18, 2017 7:35:00 AM
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We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's third Donation Give-Away drawing of 2017!

Congratulations goes to Rachel Honegger, Event Consultant for the annual MS Carnivale and auction benefiting the Central Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Fund. This charitable organization provides excellence in multiple sclerosis care to patients and families in need.

It's our honor to be able to donate a $1,000 Four Seasons gift card for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

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Topics: Donation Give-Aways, donation-give-away-winner, nonprofits

3 Ways to Harness Mobile Fundraising in 2017: INFOGRAPHIC

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 11, 2017 10:44:12 AM
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Did you know 1 in 5 donations occurred via mobile device in 2016? Some 77 percent of all Americans now own a smartphone, while charitable giving expected to reach nearly $400 billion in 2017.

Translation: There is roughly $80 billion in mobile donations up for grabs this year!

With more and more donors connected at the hip with their smartphones, how can you tap into the trend?

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Topics: fundraising, mobile fundraising

Is a Charity Race Right for Your Event? 7 Surprising Benefits

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 7, 2017 9:26:38 AM
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Ever considered hosting a 5K, "Fun Run" or Walk for charity?

If you've relied on the same black-tie galas and golf tournaments year after year, putting on a race can be an effective way to raise awareness of your organization, loop in new members of the community, gain event sponsors and more.

Read on for 7 short- and long-term benefits of holding a race. Then, sign up for next week's FREE webinar all about maximizing your Fun Run fundraising results.

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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.