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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:

The new tax bill may hurt giving. Travel can help. [INFOGRAPHIC]

You already know how tough it can be to secure the funding needed to support your cause. With passage of the recent tax reform bill, it may get even tougher. As reported by Fox Business, CBS Money Watch, Forbes and more, the new tax bill doubles the standard deduction for individuals and families. This means an estimated 21 million taxpayers will likely not itemize their giving for 2018. While the change won't affect the giving of those who are truly passionate about your cause - historically, itemizers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity and comprise more than 80 percent of total giving. One bright spot: The increased deduction puts more money into the pockets of those who give small to mid-size gifts. 

  • 9 min read
  • Feb 1, 2018 11:01:13 AM

January Donation Giveaway Winner Announced! Congrats goes to...

We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's first Donation Give-Away drawing of 2018! Congratulations goes to Kristin Melton, Marketing & Development Director at Bloom Our Youth. The Fayetteville, Georgia-based charity (just south of Atlanta) provides safe shelter and physical, educational, and emotional support to children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect and other tragic circumstances. It's our honor to be able to donate a $1,000 Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

  • 9 min read
  • Jan 25, 2018 8:37:56 AM

7 Tips to Arrange Seating Strategically in a Live Auction

What's the best way to arrange seating in a live auction? As always, it's imperative to think like a pro when planning a fundraising event. Today we're going to look at how a benefit auctioneer would approach one often-overlooked aspect of running a charity auction: reserved tables and seating arrangements. Specifically, we're going to look at a seating concept called the "triangle of influence."

  • 12 min read
  • Jan 18, 2018 9:23:41 AM

Wine Pull, 5th Ticket Raffle & The Hot Potato Pig: 5 Auction Enhancers You Haven't Tried

At fundraising events, it's smart to focus your efforts on the live auction. They haul in the majority of your funds and are the evening's entertainment highlight to boot. That said, employing a variety of revenue enhancers - mini fundraising opportunities and games - keep your agenda exciting, entertain guests and add tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

  • 8 min read
  • Jan 16, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Is poor sound killing your auction? Here's how to fix it

Why do fundraising events need good, clean sound? Your ability to raise money depends on it. As competition between charities grows, donor dollars are getting stretched thinner and thinner. To stand out, your auction must entertain the crowd and keep guests engaged the entire time.

  • 6 min read
  • Jan 10, 2018 8:55:21 AM

Charitable Giving Forecasts for 2018: Infographic

With winter storms hitting the East Coast and cold snaps across the country, all eyes have been glued to the weather forecasts... How about the charitable giving forecast? Today on the blog, we have compiled some of the most important stats and predictions out there regarding charitable giving in 2018. See which donor sources are growing fastest, the meteoric rise of "donor-advised funds" - and how passage of the new tax bill will affect giving in 2018. We hope the information is useful as you begin strategizing for budgeting, programming and development in the year ahead.

  • 5 min read
  • Jan 5, 2018 10:15:50 AM

Top Posts of 2017: Silent Auction Baskets, Revenue Enhancers & More

Happy New Year from Winspire! What a year it has been. The world of event fundraising is changing day by day, and we have the articles and resources to prove it. Before we close the books on 2017, we wanted to share just a few highlights from the wide range of fundraising topics covered this year at Winspire News. 

  • 7 min read
  • Jan 2, 2018 10:36:33 AM

In 2017, you changed the face of fundraising.

This year, no-risk travel generated huge momentum as a nonprofit fundraising strategy, and you're to thank. We put together an infographic detailing the impact you made on event fundraising in 2017, plus the wonderful community we've continued to foster here at Winspire News. From all of us at Team Winspire, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and continued success in 2018.

  • 1 min read
  • Dec 21, 2017 9:47:39 AM

Top 10 Do's & Don'ts of Auction Item Displays

The holidays are the busiest shopping time of year. How do stores attract throngs of customers? By advertising good deals, offering must-have items and creating a smooth shopping experience. Just like a brick-and-mortar retailer, the charity auction is your organization's "one night only" storefront. To motivate bidders to stop, look, and buy, it's important to create engaging, exciting auction item displays.

  • 6 min read
  • Dec 8, 2017 9:51:14 AM

Charity Auctions: Providing a Better Donor Experience

Charity auctions are amazing opportunities to engage with donors while raising money for your cause. As you know, the key to successful fundraising lies in positive donor experiences. While there’s a lot to plan when hosting a charity auction event, you’ll need to make sure donor engagement is a top priority. Charity auctions can either send your organization sailing past your fundraising goal...or leave you stuck with your oars lost at sea and goal nowhere in sight - and donor engagement plays a big role in determining which path you take. To help, we’ve gathered 7 tips to creating the ultimate donor experience at your next charity auction: Set your fundraising goal and budget. Find great charity auction software. Recruit your volunteers. Procure your auction items. Set a time, date, and venue. Choose an auctioneer. Promote your event. If you’re ready to host a stellar charity auction with the best donor experience, let's get started!

  • 12 min read
  • Nov 30, 2017 8:55:52 AM

Napa and Sonoma 100% Open for Business: See what's new🍷

Last 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.

  • 13 min read
  • Nov 16, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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