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As the Northeastern U.S. digs itself out of the first major snow storm of the year, we are reminded that winter is on the way. The Bad News: according to James Madden from Exacta Weather, a non-profit weather organization comprised of meteorologists from all over the world, “There is a potentially record breaking US winter for 2011 and 2012 with extremely cold temperatures and exceptional levels of snow.” The Good News: This means another amazing year for winter sports at ski and snowboard resorts throughout North America! Winspire offers a variety of ski-related packages for use in fundraising events. Among our most popular is Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia) 3-Night Ski Package. In addition to staying at the famed, ski-in/ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel, winning bidders will have three full days to test their ski or snowboarding skills on 8,100 acres of terrain at the Whistler & Blackcomb resorts. After a full day on the mountain, Whistler Villiage awaits with world class cuisine and a robust after-ski pub scene.
Follow us for your chance to win a trip to Napa Wine Country! We know how hard donations are to come by, which is why we like to give back to the community we are so much a part of. Each month we will randomly select one winner from our online followers to receive a donation worth thousands of dollars for their fundraising event or favorite cause. Donations will be in the form of unique package experiences, hotel stays and airfare give-aways.
We all know superstar actress Scarlett Johansson is worth a lot, but who knew she would draw so much fundraising money for a simple date? Earlier this month a British charity auction, raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, put a date with the actress up for grabs. During the live auction event, two wealthy men in the audience got into a bidding war. It turns out a date with Scarlett Johansson, who did not attend the event, was the most expensive auction item of the night - earning the fundraiser almost $41,000!! Who was the lucky man to win a night with the Hollywood superstar? Non other than Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who actually agreed to share the evening with fellow bidder Harry Becher. They split it down the middle, with each guy ponying up $20,000.
Winspire is happy to spotlight an upcoming special fundraising event for Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Mississippi that has a unique and fun theme this year. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will be presenting the 10th Annual George Ohr Gala with a James Bond theme of "Diamonds Ohr Forever." When we think of James Bond, we think of exotic European locations and fast cars. In order to maximize their auction revenue, they have selected a few Winspire packages for their up-coming event that compliment the Bond theme, including: Exotic Supercar Driving Experience and a spectacular trip to Switzerland, Monaco and London. This is the fourth time Winspire has been honored to help support this wonderful museum and their mission.
One of the hardest things to do when you’re planning an auction is to procure those hot items you know your audience wants—items so unique they can’t be found anywhere else. If you’re lucky, you already have an established group of donors who, year after year, give you exactly what you’re looking for. Yet the majority of nonprofits struggle with getting beyond the most basic donations, such as spa gift certificates and vacation homes. If your procurement committee is short on time and/or resources, you may want to consider utilizing a vendor for procurement services. Professional auctioneers and event planners often provide these services for a fee. They’ll be able to provide “insider expertise,” because they attend many different auctions throughout the year and see which items are top sellers. They’ll also be able to give you a realistic estimate of the revenue your projected items will bring at auction. If you’re working on procurement with a professional auctioneer or event planner, ask them to advise you regarding these procurement-related topics: item wish lists, procurement pitfalls, merchants to target, dividing items between the silent and live auctions, procurement strategies, and appraising item value. If they have connections to consignors, procurement vendors and reputable donors, ask them to provide you with their contact list or a referral.
“What are the most popular items that are used in fundraising auctions?” We have worked with thousands of Non-Profits in all 50 states & Canada and we are often asked this question. The answer can be a little tricky because it depends on several factors, such as the type of event, the demographic of the auction audience, or what items have already been donated and are being auctioned off.