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8 Mistakes that Sap the Fun OUT of Fundraising Events

The numbers don't lie: 93% of event attendees say their number one priority when attending a fundraiser is to have fun - even more than supporting the cause. How can you make giving fun? By focusing on the 3 E's: Engage, Entertain and Extract.

  • 7 min read
  • Oct 9, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Do you need an auctioneer AND an emcee?

"We are going to incorporate a live auction into our event this year. Is the auctioneer typically your emcee (Master of Ceremonies), or is it two roles?" "We have a local radio personality emcee our program. She also handles our live auction and paddle raise. I’m wondering what could happen if we pair her with a professional? "

  • 9 min read
  • Sep 28, 2017 9:50:20 AM

In Their Words: 5 Reasons Top Auctioneers Love Consignment Travel

"When Winspire contacted me, I wasn't interested at first. I used to think consignment took the money out of the room. I'm proud to say I've been proven wrong," shared Keith Jones, benefit auctioneer and CEO of Sayre & Jones Auctioneers, in a recent webinar. "A big part of that is the ability to sell multiples."

  • 11 min read
  • Sep 21, 2017 10:32:59 AM

10 Fundraising Event Ideas to Bring In the Big Bucks

While putting on fundraising events can (and should) be a lot of work — after all, you get what you put in — they are incredibly rewarding when successfully run. Best of all, the number of potential fundraising event ideas are as endless as there are potential donors. If you're looking to try something new with your fundraisers, a great place to start is developing a list of donor personas. Who is your ideal donor? Where do they work and live? How do they like to spend their free time? What are their other interests and hobbies? Answering these questions will help you create a list of event ideas that target their interests and are thus more likely to be successful.

  • 8 min read
  • Sep 19, 2017 8:41:56 AM

What to Do When Weather Doesn't Cooperate with Your Fundraiser

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battering the Gulf over the past couple weeks, you might be wondering what to do in the event your event crosses paths with Mother Nature. A sudden heat wave, downpours, storms and even accidents on the highway can derail your plans in a moment's notice...sending months of hard work down the drain. In today's post, learn 5 strategies nonprofits can adopt to protect themselves from significant losses in inclement weather.

  • 8 min read
  • Sep 14, 2017 10:10:09 AM

How Professional Auctioneers Order Live Auction Items [EXAMPLE]

When it comes to charity auctions, procuring quality items tends to be auction organizers' biggest challenge. Once you do wrangle those big-ticket items, are you all set? Not so fast - it's now time to consider the order in which they're presented.

  • 13 min read
  • Sep 11, 2017 6:25:00 AM

The Easiest Way to Set Opening Bids on Live Auction Items

The easiest way to set opening bids in your live auction, is to leave it to the pros! Check out these real-life submissions from recent webinar Q&As... "Do fundraising auctioneers typically know how to start the bidding in a live auction, and do you have any recommendations as to what amounts to start at?"

  • 7 min read
  • Aug 22, 2017 9:50:49 AM

The Golden Hour of Fundraising Auctions 🌅

In photography, the golden hour is the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when daylight is redder, softer, and perfect for capturing precious memories. In medicine, it's the first hour after serious injury. Time is of the essence, and the earlier emergency treatment is administered, the better. In charity fundraising events, the golden hour is the peak time of your program to launch the #1 revenue generator of the night: the live auction.

  • 7 min read
  • Aug 15, 2017 8:56:27 AM

Beginner's Guide to Live Auction PowerPoint Slides [FREE Templates]

If you've ever hosted a charity auction in the past, you know how important it is to create a lavish shopping experience for your donors. Bright visuals and sleek displays are essential, and nowhere is this more true than the fundraising highlight of the night: the live auction. Why not use PowerPoint slides to put every item's "best foot forward"?

  • 12 min read
  • Jul 27, 2017 8:51:11 AM

The 6 Most Important Event Chairs to Recruit for Your Fundraising Auction

When it comes to hosting a successful fundraising auction, few can do it alone. You'll need several passionate, organized committee chairs with a laser-sharp focus on specific aspects of your event. What are the most essential event chair roles and responsibilities? And how can you find the right person for each job?

  • 8 min read
  • Jul 26, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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