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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:

How Different Generations Are Supporting Charity in 2019: Infographic

Every generation has its own style and preferences, be it music trends, fashion, career goals and political values. The same extends to their unique giving preferences. With ever broadening audiences, many nonprofits are finding success employing multi-channel campaigns: campaigns that utilize traditional mail, social media, email and more.

  • 4 min read
  • Apr 24, 2019 12:07:18 PM

Find and Recruit More Volunteers for Your Fundraising Event

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, and a soul generated by love.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. From auction item procurement to graphic design, day-of execution and post-event follow up, dedicated volunteers are critical to the success of any fundraising event. Chances are you could use more help, expertise and/or manpower in at least some areas or committees that make up your next event.

  • 9 min read
  • Apr 17, 2019 3:09:39 PM

Baby Boomer Travel Trends for 2019: Infographic

Did you know... Baby Boomers spend a whopping $157 billion on travel each year? If people ages 50 to 70 are a target demographic for your nonprofit, it's smart to know where and why they're traveling. What's on their bucket lists? What kinds of trips and activities are they planning in 2019 and beyond? We put together an infographic with must-read statistics on baby boomer travel trends, plus tips to include top destinations in your fundraising efforts. 

  • 2 min read
  • Feb 28, 2019 4:02:07 PM

Donation Giveaway: $1,000 Shopping Spree Winner!

We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's first Donation Give-Away drawing of 2019! Congratulations goes to Kim, Director of Advancement at The Bright School in Chattanooga. For more than 100 years, The Bright School has provided an educational foundation for generations of children in the Chattanooga area. It's our honor to be able to donate gift cards to Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom ($1,000 total) for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

  • 6 min read
  • Feb 21, 2019 10:23:23 AM

7 Benefits of Consignment Auction Items (Besides Live Auction Revenue)

The scenario: You've bundled enough donations for four or five big-ticket packages in the live auction. You're confident the group dinner with a private chef, red-hot concert tickets and box suite at the baseball game are going to inspire lucrative bidding wars amongst your donors. That said, your current packages aren't quite enough to fill the 30 to 45 minutes you've allotted for the live auction. Now what?

  • 13 min read
  • Feb 20, 2019 10:26:29 AM

Luxury Leisure Travel Trends for 2019

Do your donors like to travel? Surveys suggest they do: More than 80 percent of winning bidders report setting aside $5,000 annually for travel, while 53 percent set aside $10,000 or more! As donors in 2019 look to collect lifelong memories instead of clutter, non-tangible auction items continue to grow in popularity. These include experiences like trips, tours, entertainment tickets and exclusive access.

  • 9 min read
  • Jan 23, 2019 8:53:12 AM

5 Keys to Unlock the Perfect Number of Live Auction Items

We asked over 100 webinar attendees, how many items do you include in your live auction? Here's what they had to say...

  • 4 min read
  • Jan 17, 2019 11:41:54 AM

2019 Nonprofit Giving Trends: INFOGRAPHIC

Happy New Year from Winspire News! Though we're still getting over the habit of writing 2018 on our dates, 2019 is officially in full swing. Today on the blog, we compiled important predictions regarding charitable giving in 2019 into one handy infographic. See must-read stats on the rise of giving by email, the importance of securing scheduled gifts, and ideas to engage socially conscious Gen-Z'ers.

  • 5 min read
  • Jan 10, 2019 9:36:04 AM

Top Posts of 2018: Raffle Baskets, Event Games, Silent Auction Displays & More

Season's Greetings from Winspire! With the world of event fundraising changing day by day, we aimed to deliver cutting-edge, fresh resources for live auctions, silent auctions and raffles all year long.

  • 5 min read
  • Dec 19, 2018 2:23:48 PM

5 Event Fundraising Trends to Watch in 2019

Have you noticed the world of event fundraising is changing every day? Thanks to new technology, increasingly outside-the-box events and changing donor demographics, what’s working today is very different than what worked best just a few years ago.

  • 7 min read
  • Dec 10, 2018 4:24:11 PM

California Wildfires: 5 Ways to Help Fire Victims

This week's wildfires in California hit especially close to home. Winspire, based in South Orange County, California, has many friends and partners in affected areas across the state.

  • 4 min read
  • Nov 13, 2018 10:01:45 AM

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