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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.

  • 10 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

How to Persevere Through Common Fundraising Challenges (+ 4 Event Planning Tips)

So many nonprofits are scared to ask for what they want. "I'm being an imposition." "Asking for the organization sounds like I'm asking for myself." "They'll probably say no." Sound familiar? Fact is, if you don't ask, you can't further your programs and multiply your impact.

  • 9 min read
  • Feb 14, 2017 8:28:11 AM

How to Get Your Sponsorship Proposal to the Top of the Pile

For many nonprofits, sponsorship is considered a dirty word. Soliciting sponsorships from local businesses and individuals is a vital part of many organizations' development strategy. Unfortunately, you're stuck competing against hundreds, if not thousands, of other nonprofits making the very same proposals every year. It's little wonder the vast majority of sponsorship solicitations are rejected or, more commonly, ignored.

  • 10 min read
  • Feb 7, 2017 8:51:15 AM

Announcing New Podcast, "Events With Benefits" - First 3 episodes out now

Today we are very proud to announce the launch of the podcast Events with Benefits, Winspire's first foray into the world of podcasting! Together with co-hosts Renee Zau from and benefit auctioneer Danny Hooper, each week we aim to bring nonprofit staff, volunteers, event planners, PTOs and more a wide variety of cutting-edge insights into the world of event fundraising. The first 3 episodes are available free on iTunes and Check out the sample topics and special guests we have on deck for the first 10 episodes... Fundraising Auctions with Jim Nye the Auction Guy, professional fundraising auctioneer Golf Tournaments with Holly Kennedy, CEO and co-founder of Kennedy Golf Tournament Legal Considerations with Mary Tovella Dowling, attorney at For Purpose Law Group Partnerships with Parker Pike, member of Board of Directors of San Diego Nonprofit Association Perseverance with Lynda West, nonprofit coach and mentor Thinking BIG with Noah McMahon, founder and CEO of Anonymous Auction Timeline Tips with Scott Robertson, professional fundraising auctioneer Mobile Bidding with Debby Roth-Bush, Relationship Marketing Manager at GreaterGiving Donor Development with Carlos Leija, Chief Development Officer at Orangewood Children’s Foundation Are Charity Auctions Dying? with Nelson Jay, professional fundraising auctioneer Each episode is 30 to 40 minutes long, making it the perfect way to brighten your daily commute, pass a lunch hour and gain a treasure trove of new ideas for your next event. To learn more, listen to the first few episodes and subscribe, click below: For more on how to listen to a podcast, the complete list of our first 10 special guests and topics, and...what exactly is a podcast? on. What is a "podcast"? A podcast is simply an audio file published on the Internet. There are countless podcasts spanning hundreds of categories from business to entertainment to true crime (ever heard of NPR's runaway hit Serial?) and more. In our case, Events with Benefits is all about nonprofits and fundraising.

  • 11 min read
  • Jan 31, 2017 1:44:59 PM

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