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Wine Pull, 5th Ticket Raffle & The Hot Potato Pig: 5 Auction Enhancers You Haven't Tried

At fundraising events, it's smart to focus your efforts on the live auction. They haul in the majority of your funds and are the evening's entertainment highlight to boot. That said, employing a variety of revenue enhancers - mini fundraising opportunities and games - keep your agenda exciting, entertain guests and add tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

  • 8 min read
  • Jan 16, 2018 6:30:00 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

Is a Benefit Race or Fun Run Right for Your Nonprofit?

Ever considered hosting a 5K, "Fun Run" or Walk for charity? If you've relied on the same black-tie galas and golf tournaments year after year, putting on a race can be an effective way to raise awareness of your organization, loop in new members of the community, gain event sponsors and more.

  • 10 min read
  • Jul 7, 2017 9:26:38 AM

Chari-Tee Time: 10 Expert Tips to Host a Flawless Benefit Golf Tournament

Spring may have only begun last week, but it's already time to start thinking about fundraising ideas for the summer. Thanks to a slew of holidays and more relaxed schedules, summer is the perfect opportunty to engage donors with smaller events and short giving campaigns. Even better, you'll be competing with less competition from other nonprofits to stand out in a crowded space. One strategy is hosting a charity golf tournament. Why are they so popular?

  • 15 min read
  • Mar 30, 2017 9:55:16 AM

Spring Fundraising Idea: Set Up a "Mother's and Father's Day" Raffle

Spring is in full swing, and with it, a peak time for fundraising events like annual galas, golf tournaments and live auctions. Have you brainstormed ways to keep your events new and exciting? It's tempting to think "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Fact is, fresh ideas are the antidote to donor fatigue, no matter how successful your events have been in the past. Bringing something new to the table can supercharge attendance and revenue for almost all nonprofits.

  • 12 min read
  • Apr 7, 2016 10:45:09 AM

New Fundraising Events: 5 Ideas for Your Future Self

Planning a charity event for the first time can be totally overwhelming. With countless things to coordinate, numerous people to please and the pressure to justify the event by raising enough money - all while staying within budget - can make even the savviest event planner apprehensive.  

  • 5 min read
  • Jan 15, 2015 10:06:37 AM

What Nonprofits Need Most

By Sylia Obagi Director of Operations, Annenberg Foundation Posted at Most nonprofit leaders don't think of income generation as their top priority. Their purposes to serve, they reason. Raising money is secondary. This kind of thinking is one of the biggest mistakes a nonprofit can make. Without a strong fundraising culture, nonprofits often lurch from one financial crisis to another. Many fail to thrive. In spite of good ideas and sometimes great potential, some simply die.

  • 2 min read
  • Aug 12, 2013 2:58:00 AM

Game Show Fundraisers Raise the Roof AND the Funds

Winspire Winnie participates in Nonprofit Jeopardy By Vicki Blaze on Yahoo Voices TV game shows have been a huge success for many years, dating back to the 1970's and 80's with The Price is Right, Jeopardy, and Family Feud. More recent crazes include Do You Want To Be A Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. All of these game shows have a few things in common - contestants, a host, prizes, challenges, anticipation, and humor. A game show event makes a great fundraiser or simply a school spirit event. Here are some tips to plan an evening where people can laugh out loud with their friends, family, teachers, and principal.

  • 3 min read
  • Nov 28, 2012 12:48:00 AM

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