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Summy Lau

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.

Recent Posts:

10 Tips to Maximize Year-end Giving Campaigns: INFOGRAPHIC

With Halloween in the rearview mirror, we're looking ahead to year-end giving: the most important time of the year for development. Did you know some 30 percent of total nonprofit donations come in the month of December?! We recently looked at trends for #GivingTuesday 2018, a special day dedicated to financial support of nonprofit causes, that will take place in just 3 weeks. How can you make the most of charitable giving around the holidays? In today's infographic, see must-read stats on the state of charitable giving today, plus 10 practical ways to engage donors and maximize results.

  • 2 min read
  • Nov 8, 2018 10:18:28 AM

Announcing the November 2018 Giveaway Winner & Next Prize...

We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's third Donation Give-Away drawing of 2018! Congratulations goes to Katherine M., Director at Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site, or Stonerose Fossil, in Republic, Washington. Their mission is to connect the public, scientific, and the local communities through our fossil resource.

  • 8 min read
  • Nov 8, 2018 9:51:58 AM

Must-read stats for #GivingTuesday 2018 [Infographic]

Just 5 weeks remain until one of the biggest fundraising days of the year: Giving Tuesday 2018.  Often stylized as #GivingTuesday on social media, the day encourages people to take a break from holiday shopping and set aside the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to support favorite causes instead.

  • 4 min read
  • Oct 25, 2018 9:09:19 AM

23 Raffle & Game Ideas to Bolster Your Fundraising Event

Have you heard of the “3 E’s of Event Fundraising”? Benefit auctioneer Danny Hooper has shared 3 goals that, if met, go a long way to ensuring the success and sustainability of any fundraising event: Entertain: Make giving fun Engage: Hold the audience’s attention Extract Funds: Keep the focus on fundraising

  • 14 min read
  • Oct 15, 2018 4:22:48 PM

Hotel Giveback: 30% of these luxury hotel stays go to charity

Today, we are excited to unveil the latest hotels and newly-slashed prices of the Winspire Hotel Giveback Program: an exclusive opportunity for you and your donors to travel to some of the most in-demand destinations worldwide, all while supporting your organization.

  • 6 min read
  • Oct 3, 2018 4:07:32 PM

17 Volunteer Roles to Recruit for Your Fundraising Auction

If you've ever been part of a fundraising auction, you know how important it is to establish not only auction chairs and committees, but an extensive team of reliable, passionate volunteers. On the day of the event, staff and leadership need to prioritize mingling and networking with donors. This means well-trained volunteers are key to the actual execution of your event.

  • 8 min read
  • Sep 26, 2018 2:53:33 PM

Top 6 Fund-a-Need Questions, Answered by the Pros

Nearly all fundraising events can benefit from incorporating a fund-a-need or special appeal into the agenda - but a recent Winspire webinar poll revealed more than 1 in 5 organizations are missing out.

  • 7 min read
  • Sep 20, 2018 8:24:44 AM

35 Unique & Exciting Raffle Basket Ideas for Greater Fundraiser Revenue

We recently shared a list of ideas for incredible raffle grand prizes, including travel packages, electronics, season tickets, and even a dream home. Offering an impressive grand prize allows charities to raise tens of thousands of dollars for their cause.

  • 7 min read
  • Sep 14, 2018 5:40:00 AM

Live Auction Bid Cards: Free Templates

Whether or not you utilize a mobile bidding provider for the silent auction, bid cards are imperative for the two interactive portions of the night: the live auction and special appeal. These fundraising heavy-hitters rely on momentum, peer pressure and emotion, all of which are best evoked through the use of bid cards.

  • 3 min read
  • Sep 6, 2018 5:20:00 AM

12 Quick Ways to Improve the Guest Experience at Your Next Fundraiser

With fall fundraising season around the corner, it's important nonprofits put themselves in attendees' shoes and focus on improving the guest experience. Smoothing out the experience at your event, from start to finish, ensures not only this year's success but long-term sustainability.

  • 12 min read
  • Aug 30, 2018 10:26:07 AM

This 3-pronged event fundraising strategy saves time and raises more money

Organizing a profitable fundraising event is all about best use of time. To take your event to the next level, focus your time and energy on the most time-efficient money-makers:

  • 7 min read
  • Aug 16, 2018 9:06:49 AM

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