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Top Posts of 2016: Save the Date Invites, Sponsorship Letters, Auction Basket Ideas & More

Posted by Summy Lau

The 6 most-viewed posts of 2016 from Winspire News

What a year it has been! The world of event fundraising is evolving every day, and we have the articles and resources to prove it.

This past year, we covered a wide range of fundraising topics, including donor development, event production, unique travel Experiences and more - all to help nonprofit professionals raise more for their causes.

Read on for the top 6 most-viewed posts of 2016, including tips to write sleek "Save the date" invitations, secure new event sponsorships and get creative with silent auction baskets.

We hope you'll gain new ideas to surprise, inspire and engage donors in the year ahead!


"Save the Date" Email Invites: 8 Easy Ways to Make Your Fundraiser Stand Out#1. "Save the Date" Email Invites: 8 Easy Ways to Make Your Fundraiser Stand Out

Promote your fundraising event and get donors marking their calendars with a simple, eye-catching 'save the date' invitation. Get 8 essential tips for crafting attractive email invitations to your fundraising event... Read More →

26 Creative, Attractive Basket Ideas for a Silent Auction Fundraiser#2. 26 Creative, Attractive Basket Ideas for a Silent Auction Fundraiser

Get over two dozen creative ideas for Silent Auction Baskets that you can quickly and easily put together for your fundraiser, plus best practices to maximize bidding... Read More →

10 Easy Steps to Effective Sponsorship Request Letters [FREE Templates]#3. 10 Easy Steps to Effective Sponsorship Request Letters [FREE Templates]

Crafting an effective sponsorship request letter doesn't have to be hard. Download free, 100% customizable sponsorship request letter and form templates... Read More →

Impress Your Bidders with Better Silent Auction Item Displays#4. Impress Your Bidders with Better Silent Auction Item Displays

Download free display templates for your silent auction items, plus get ideas and tips to increase items' perceived value and supercharge bidding... Read More →

5 Common Auction Timeline Mistakes that Waste Time (and Lose Money)#5. 5 Common Auction Timeline Mistakes that Waste Time (and Lose Money)

Find out the 5 most common scheduling errors nonprofits make when planning their auction, including the wrong time to close your silent auction, how long an event should last, the best day of the week to hold your event and... Read More →

13 Ways Board Members Can Become Fundraising Event Superheroes#6. 13 Ways Board Members Can Become Fundraising Event Superheroes

Check out 13 simple ways that board members, with the support of your nonprofit, can help your upcoming fundraising event generate more revenue... Read More →

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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.

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