Sending Love to Napa and Sonoma 🍇

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 18, 2017 8:32:05 AM

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In the midst of tragedy across North America, last week's wildfires in Northern California hit especially close to home. Winspire has many friends and partners in picturesque wine country, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of life, health and property for all victims of the wildfires.

Despite the devastation, we are hearing amazing stories of community, compassion and resilience. People and businesses in Napa and Sonoma are helping each other and coming together in remarkable ways. It is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

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Topics: napa-valley, nonprofits, california-wine-experience, wine-country

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

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 12, 2017 8:43:34 AM

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We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's fourth Donation Give-Away drawing of 2017!

Congratulations goes to B.J. Menter, Special Events Coordinator at Arc of Onandaga. The Syracuse, New York-based charity is passionate about empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. It's our honor to be able to donate a $1,000 Hilton gift card for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

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8 Mistakes that Sap the Fun OUT of Fundraising Events

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 9, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Closeup portrait of unhappy angry mad, pissed off senior mature woman, annoyed, giving thumbs down looking with negative facial expression disapproval, isolated white background. Emotion, sign, symbol.jpegThe numbers don't lie: 93% of event attendees say their number one priority when attending a fundraiser is to have fun - even more than supporting the cause.

How can you make giving fun? By focusing on the 3 E's: Engage, Entertain and Extract.

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Topics: event-production

Do you need an auctioneer AND an emcee?

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 28, 2017 9:50:20 AM

Winspire Auctioneer Emcee.png"We are going to incorporate a live auction into our event this year. Is the auctioneer typically your emcee (Master of Ceremonies), or is it two roles?"

"We have a local radio personality emcee our program. She also handles our live auction and paddle raise. I’m wondering what could happen if we pair her with a professional? "

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Topics: event-production, benefit auctioneer

Where are well-heeled donors traveling in 2018? INFOGRAPHIC

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 26, 2017 11:02:04 AM

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To maximize your live auction revenue, it's important to cater every item to just the top 5 percent of spenders.

One bona fide way to "feed" this top tier of spenders: Offer luxury travel in the auction. Did you know the luxury travel sector is growing almost a third faster than the overall travel industry? 

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Topics: nonprofit-infographic, travel-experiences, infographic

In Their Words: 5 Reasons Top Auctioneers Love Consignment Travel

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 21, 2017 10:32:59 AM
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"When Winspire contacted me, I wasn't interested at first. I used to think consignment took the money out of the room. I'm proud to say I've been proven wrong," shared Keith Jones, benefit auctioneer and CEO of Sayre & Jones Auctioneers, in a recent webinar. "A big part of that is the ability to sell multiples."

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Topics: event-production, benefit auctioneer

10 Fundraising Event Ideas to Bring In the Big Bucks

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 19, 2017 8:41:56 AM

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While putting on fundraising events can (and should) be a lot of work — after all, you get what you put in — they are incredibly rewarding when successfully run. Best of all, the number of potential fundraising event ideas are as endless as there are potential donors.

If you're looking to try something new with your fundraisers, a great place to start is developing a list of donor personas. Who is your ideal donor? Where do they work and live? How do they like to spend their free time? What are their other interests and hobbies? Answering these questions will help you create a list of event ideas that target their interests and are thus more likely to be successful.

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Topics: fundraising-ideas, event-production, event fundraising

What to Do When Weather Doesn't Cooperate with Your Fundraiser

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 14, 2017 10:10:09 AM

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With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battering the Gulf over the past couple weeks, you might be wondering what to do in the event your event crosses paths with Mother Nature.

A sudden heat wave, downpours, storms and even accidents on the highway can derail your plans in a moment's notice...sending months of hard work down the drain.

In today's post, learn 5 strategies nonprofits can adopt to protect themselves from significant losses in inclement weather.

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Topics: event-production

How Professional Auctioneers Order Live Auction Items [EXAMPLE]

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 11, 2017 6:25:00 AM

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When it comes to charity auctions, procuring quality items tends to be auction organizers' biggest challenge. Once you do wrangle those big-ticket items, are you all set? Not so fast - it's now time to consider the order in which they're presented.

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Topics: event-production, live auction, benefit auctioneer

Donor Management Software: Improve Relationships and Fundraising

Posted by Summy Lau on Sep 5, 2017 8:10:00 AM
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Donor management software, the program of multiple functions, has an overarching, primary goal: to better, deepen, and strengthen donor relationships.

With both the centralization and organization of your donors’ data, you’ll be able to create the most complete image and understanding of each of your donors. (Because of your donor management software, you might even end up knowing your donors better than they know themselves!)

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Topics: fundraising, donor development

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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.