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Fundraising Tip: Maximize your Silent Auction Revenue by Offering a “Buy It Now” Feature

When it comes to silent auctions, there is a common misconception with both auction planners and prospective bidders that there is one winner for each item. While that may be true for many items on a silent auction table, this is not the case with Winspire’s no-risk travel, entertainment and sports packages. Each of our packages has been developed so that they can be sold multiple times in a single event.

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  • Jan 20, 2012 12:15:00 AM

Winning Bidder Experience - Las Vegas 3-Night Stay with Cirque Du Soleil VIP Tickets

We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from her trip for two to The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas VIP...

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.

December Donation Give-Away: Two Tickets to Any American Airlines Destination in the 48 States and Canada!

We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for December: Two tickets on American Airlines to any of their destinations in the contiguous 48 states & Canada!* Always a hot auction item because of the open-ended nature of the offer, your Non-Profit can use these tickets to round out a previously donated package or as a stand-alone in a raffle or auction. The purchaser of this package can use these tickets to go anywhere American Airlines flies in the 48 contiguous United States & Canada, subject to availability. See the Package Summary below for more details.

Fundraising Tip: Sell One Package to All of the Top Bidders

Several people bidding on the same package? Maximize your silent auction fundraising revenue by accepting the second highest bid and sell the package to the top two bidders. Then quickly go back to the third and fourth highest bidders who may well want to increase their bid slightly to be winners too! More happy winners, more excitement and more revenue for a great cause.

Fundraising Tip: When Asking for Donations Ask for a Second Item

When asking for donations many people don’t think of asking for a second item. Asking for that second donation can greatly increase your revenue in the auction because you can now sell the same item to two people in the auction and double your revenue. For example if you are able to secure two donated tickets to a major sporting event and sell them in your auction for $200, imagine if you had a second pair that you could sell to a second bidder for an additional $200. You just increased your net revenue from $200 to $400 just by asking for a second pair of tickets. When asking for the second item, many people will be more than willing to make the extra donation but you first have to ask.

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  • Nov 21, 2011 2:01:00 AM

Event Follow Up: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Gala

Two weeks ago we announced the Ohr O’Keefe event. In addition to being a really fantastic evening, they sold five exotic Winspire packages, allowing them to maximize their fundraising revenue at the event. Following is a list of the five Winspire packages they sold... San Francisco Tonga Room Dining Experience Dinner at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, Fairmont San Francisco 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 (3370-2) Ireland Adventure 6-Night Getaway in Dublin, Ennis & Killarney, Historic Castle Overnight Stay, Rental Car, Guinness Storehouse VIP Tickets, Gap of Dunloe & Aran Islands Excursions with Airfare for 2 (1302-2)

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...

Winning Bidder Experience - Charleston, South Carolina Getaway

We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from his Charleston Luxury Getaway...

Travel Partner Spotlight: Celebrity Cruises

We would like to congratulate one of Winspire's Travel Partners, Celebrity Cruises, for some exceptional reviews they recently received. In the prestigious annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards celebrating the world’s best hotels, airlines, cities, islands and cruise lines, Celebrity ranked #1 in the highly competitive large-ship (2,500+ guests) category. Nearly 29,000 readers participated in Condé Nast Traveler’s 24th annual survey, evaluating cruise lines in seven areas: Food/Dining, Staterooms, Design/Layout, Crew/Service, Shore Excursions, Activities/Facilities and Itineraries/Schedules.

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  • Nov 8, 2011 1:00:00 AM

Winspire Items Account for 31% of Total Earnings in Fundraiser

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region was thrilled with the success of their 2011 Suncor Fundraiser this year. It was their first time including Winspire packages at a fundraising event, and they successfully sold 7 different experiences a total of 14 times. Overall, Winspire items accounted for 31% of the total Auction Earnings for the 2011 Suncor Fundraiser.

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