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Summy Lau

As Fundraising Editor, Summy brings hands-on experience in nonprofit development, event fundraising, publishing, copywriting and design to Winspire News. She creates blog content, infographics, templates, eBooks and other resources to help fundraising professionals and volunteers exceed their fundraising goals. Her two favorite perks of working at Winspire: hearing nonprofit success stories and dreaming of new bucket list destinations.
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Napa and Sonoma 100% Open for Business: See what's new🍷

Posted by Summy Lau on Nov 16, 2017 7:50:00 AM

napa Sonoma open for business Winspire.pngLast month, Northern California's picturesque wine country was hard hit with wildfires.

We are happy to say all of our partners are open for business. With fires 100 percent contained, wineries, restaurants and hotels are eager for your winning bidders to return.

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Topics: travel-experiences

#GivingTuesday 2017: What it is and how you can participate [infographic]

Posted by Summy Lau on Nov 9, 2017 7:35:00 AM

Giving-Tuesday-header.pngWe recently discussed the importance of year-end giving. A major part of many nonprofits' year-end giving campaigns: #GivingTuesday.

According to the official site, Giving Tuesday is "a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration." It takes place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (U.S.) and shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the year-end charitable season. 

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Topics: fundraising, year-end giving, #givingtuesday

Must-share stats on year-end giving 🎁 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 30, 2017 7:30:00 AM

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Doesn't it feel like 2017 just began? Yet Halloween, the end of Daylight Savings and even Thanksgiving are right around the corner.

With nearly one third of all nonprofit donations occuring in December alone, it's important to execute a strategic year-end giving campaign that maximizes your impact over the next two months.

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Topics: nonprofit-infographic, Non-Profit, infographic, non-profit donations

6 Steps to Your Most Creative Auction Item Ideas, Ever

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 24, 2017 7:15:00 AM

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A big part of successful charity auctions is strategically leveraging the auction items themselves.

We recently hosted a free webinar all about best practices to procure auction items, maximize bidding during the auction, then raise even more money after the event.

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Topics: event-production, auction item procurement, event fundraising, auction item ideas

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, volunteer opportunities

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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Topics: donation-give-away, Silent Auction Ideas, donor fatigue, auction Consultation

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, professional benefit auctioneer, fundraising events

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, live auction revenue, donors traveling

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

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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.