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3 Steps to Greater Volunteer Retention and Satisfaction

"Did you know there's approximately 61.8 million volunteers in the United States alone?" shares A.J. Steinberg, founder of Queen Bee Fundraising, in a recent episode of podcast Events with Benefits. "These are individuals who contribute a total of 8 billion hours of volunteerism per year. That volunteerism, if monetized, is equivalent to the gross domestic product of Egypt!" In addition to providing manpower, 67 percent of people who volunteer become supporters in a more meaningful way down the line. In an industry where a 2 to 5 percent response rate from appeals is considered successful - investing in your volunteers offers an incredible potential return. Volunteers are among your nonprofit's most important assets. Last week we shared part 1 of our session with Steinberg all about charity auction planning. Today we will focus on her tips for volunteer management and retention. Learn: How the "volunteer multiplication effect" boosts ticket sales The benefit of having two chair persons (a junior and senior) 3-step process to greater volunteer retention and satisfaction How to organize a volunteer "command center", and much more.

  • 15 min read
  • Apr 17, 2018 6:09:00 AM

Charity auction success secrets: Better procurement, ticket sales, set-up & more

"The most common reason events fail is because organizers didn't do their homework right from day one," says A.J. Steinberg, founder of Queen Bee Fundraising and principal of Masquerade Events, on a recent episode of podcast Events with Benefits. "That means choosing the right type of event for your audience, creating a specific goal, and marketing successfully." With more than 20 years' experience planning fundraising events, Steinberg knows how to manage events as effectively, and with as little stress, as possible. Today we'll focus on her tips for hosting charity auctions, including: 3 most common auction planning pitfalls - and how to avoid Why ticket sales are higher for a first-year event than the third year The secret to getting more 'yeses' while procuring auction items The easiest way to transport and set up auction items If the content is helpful, be sure to listen to the whole episode and download Steinberg's free auction planning kit (including resources like the comprehensive Committee Task Outline).

  • 12 min read
  • Apr 10, 2018 6:15:00 AM

Attract more event sponsors: Expert shares tips and trends to snatch low-hanging fruit

You already know event sponsorships cover costs, boost revenue and lay the foundation for long-term partnerships. If you're considering offering table or booth space for sponsors at an upcoming event, or already have vendors lined up, you'll want to check out today's post.

  • 17 min read
  • Mar 29, 2018 6:35:00 AM

Are you illegally soliciting in multiple states & don't know it? [podcast]

Did you know... 40 U.S. states + D.C. require nonprofits to register before they solicit donors in their state? What's more, something as innocuous as the "Donate" button on your website could count as direct solicitation. If you have donors in multiple states that support your organization - both financially and in-kind - you'll want to check out today's post.

  • 8 min read
  • Mar 22, 2018 10:40:32 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

This 5-Minute Auction Warm-up Could Raise Thousands for Your Cause

Whether it's your first or fiftieth auction, chances are you could benefit from employing some new techniques to extract money from the audience. There's virtually always money left to give, and new strategies give you the tools to raise more without making guests feel nickel-and-dimed. Today we're joined by Nelson Jay, the "Bowtie Benefit Auctioneer" based in Seattle, Wash. In a recent episode of our podcast Events with Benefits, Jay provided a bevy of ideas from the cutting edge of event fundraising.

  • 9 min read
  • May 3, 2017 9:16:35 AM

Top 10 Critical Items to Bring to a Fundraising Auction

To call fundraising events complex would be an understatement. With so many moving parts and unknown variables, most nonprofits learn from past experience... which typically means sacrificing significant revenue right out of the gate. While no event is perfect, most common errors can be prevented. Why not learn from someone else's mistakes and close calls to raise a whole lot more for your cause?

  • 16 min read
  • Apr 18, 2017 7:30:00 AM

How One Silent Auction Chair Procures 700+ Items Annually

Whether your fundraising event is in one week, one month or one year, chances are your charity auction could benefit from a few more unique, valuable items. Are you getting items that will "wow" donors, sell tickets and ultimately generate the bids needed to meet your revenue goals? If not - how can you equip your procurement committee with the necessary tools for success?

  • 13 min read
  • Apr 11, 2017 9:12:42 AM

Don't Give Up: Auctioneer Shares Tips to Save a Dying Fundraising Auction

When it comes to charity auctions, many organizers simply "don't know what they don't know." Unfortunately, a lack of professional expertise is the #1 reason events fall short of their revenue goals. To help provide the expertise needed for success, we interviewed Cheryl Parker, certified benefit auctioneer specialist in San Diego, Calif., for a recent episode of event fundraising podcast Events with Benefits. Parker shares her simple - yet often overlooked - strategies for generating as much revenue as possible at auction events.

  • 12 min read
  • Apr 4, 2017 11:08:50 AM

Lessons Learned from Our Top 3 Podcast Episodes (So Far)

What a whirlwind 2017 has been so far! We're just one quarter in, and already we have developed groundbreaking resources in the world of event fundraising. In a recent Winspire News survey, the majority of readers (52 percent) noted a desire for more visual content, like webinars and infographics. We've since added 3 new webinars to the Webinar Library all about best practices to maximize revenue from live auctions and fund-a-needs. Another 33 percent of readers indicated an interest in audio content - namely podcasts - so you can continue fundraising education on your own time. As a result, we launched a brand-new podcast in January called Events with Benefits.

  • 7 min read
  • Mar 21, 2017 9:35:11 AM

5 Tips to Share with Your Auction Committee Today (like the downside of sponsored tables)

When you think of putting on the annual charity auction, 5K Fun Run, golf tournament and more, do you get excited? Or are you more like one organizer who described it like this: "I feel like someone emptied a jigsaw puzzle on top of my desk and now expects me to put it together - without the box."

  • 11 min read
  • Feb 23, 2017 10:01:42 AM

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