WINSPIRE NEWS

Your destination for insight into the world of event fundraising, charity auctions and no-risk travel packages.

3 Quick Tips for Procuring Quality Auction Items

Benefit auctions can be a successful fundraising strategy for Nonprofits and a great way to raise awareness. Before your Nonprofit can host a benefit auction, however, you first have to procure exciting and appealing silent auction items. Even with a dedicated and knowledgeable auction committee, this can feel like an overwhelming task. Follow these three tips to make the process smoother and easier to manage. 1. Calculate How Much You're Trying to Raise When you ask Nonprofits how much money they want to raise, most are going to say there is no such thing as raising “too much money”. However, determining a concrete goal will keep your Nonprofit focused on procuring the right quality and quantity of items to make that number possible. As your procurement team begins the process of gathering items, take the time to determine the Suggested Retail Value and Estimated Yield of each item as they come in.

  • 5 min read
  • Nov 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Fundraising Events Aren't Just for Raising Money

Nonprofits have a lot to accomplish. As a Nonprofit, you have to raise awareness, inspire people to be passionate about your mission, keep donors contributing and raise enough money to make a difference. This is no small feat. How do you form a strategy to accomplish all of these goals? One of the best ways to get the ball rolling is to host a fundraising event. 

  • 4 min read
  • Nov 4, 2013 9:55:00 AM

Top 10 Reasons to Use No-Risk Auction Items

1. Priceless Experiences: Many of our packages are items you can’t ordinarily access or are available only through Winspire. Because these experiences are priceless and difficult to value, bidders will pay whatever it takes to win them… ultimately making your Nonprofit more money.

  • 4 min read
  • Feb 27, 2012 2:00:00 AM

January Give-Away Winner: Congratulations to Becci Ruder & Leadership Pikes Peak!

Winspire is thrilled to announce the winner of the January 2012 Donation Give-Away! Becci Ruder, Program Coordinator for Leadership Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, will be auctioning off the Mario Andretti Racing Experience at LPP's annual event, Hats Off to Leadership, on Saturday, April 21 at the United States Air Force Academy. All money raised at the gala will directly support the programs offered by Leadership Pikes Peak. Since 1979, LPP has been producing community leaders who have had a profound and lasting impact on the education, health, political, business, nonprofit, and civic sectors of our community.

  • 3 min read
  • Feb 8, 2012 6:00:00 PM

Crazy Internet Auction Items

Got a few extra dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Looking for that “must have” item to talk about at your next cocktail party? Log on to the internet, join in on one of the millions of on-line auctions and you might be the lucky winner of such items as: A giant Cheeto - $180 Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten French toast - $3,154 A Haunted Rubber Ducky - $107.50 A Serial Killer’s Fingernail - $9.99 An imaginary friend, complete with a photo of nothing – over $3,000

  • 2 min read
  • Jan 23, 2012 12:55:00 AM

December Give-Away Winner: Congratulations to Helena Anderson & Flying Horse Farms!!

We are happy to announce the winner of the December 2011 Donation Give-Away! Helena Anderson, President of the Anderson Companies in Columbus, Ohio is excited to be donating the American Airlines certificates to Flying Horse Farms to use in their 2nd Annual Beneath the Stars 2012 fundraiser on October 5th where 100% of this donation will help send a child to camp.

Bring on the Goodies

If you are like most travelers, you take extra pleasure in learning about the added amenities and services that are offered by a hotel. While exotic shampoos, artisan chocolates and high thread-count designer sheets are lovely, these have all become standard with most hotels. In today’s competitive market, it is the extra “goodies” that are placing some hotel properties above and beyond, and creating a buzz with their guests. The folks at Fortnighter.com have compiled a list of a few unique and very cool amenities. Imagine if you will. . .

Event Spotlight: The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic

The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic Reception was held Sunday, December 4 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire. Kicking off the well-attended evening was MC Fitz Fitzgerald who introduced headlining comedian Josh Blue. Blue, the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing,  has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes have to do with living with his disability, how he deals with it and how other people view him. The next day, a full field of players competed in the 16th Annual Golf Tournament at the Mission Hills Tournament Course.

Big Brothers Big Sisters "Get Their Feet Wet"

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass in Michigan (bbbsofbc.org) recently had a very successful fundraiser they almost didn't go through with due to staffing obstacles. Winspire worked with the organization to get the event in order, discussing various "Bucket List" items they could use to boost revenue and increase the profile of the auction. They enjoyed the concept of "Bucket List" items so much, they decided to name their event the "Time of Your Life Bucket List Evening Auction", and included multiple unique experience packages from Winspire. The event organizer, Kathryn S. Rossow, was thrilled by how the event turned out and had some kind words she wanted to share...

Winspire participates in 21st Annual CHOC Walk

The 21st Annual CHOC Walk in the Park presented by the Disneyland® Resort was a tremendous success with more than 14,000 walkers raising $1.7 million for Children’s Hospital of Orange County! Our staff here at Winspire was happy to participate with 50 walkers at “way too early of an hour” on a Sunday morning. Thank you to all of you who made the walk. While the time was early, it was well worth it.

    Related Posts