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Must-share stats on year-end giving 🎁 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Doesn't it feel like 2017 just began? Yet Halloween, the end of Daylight Savings and even Thanksgiving are right around the corner. With nearly one third of all nonprofit donations occuring in December alone, it's important to execute a strategic year-end giving campaign that maximizes your impact over the next two months.

  • 5 min read
  • Oct 30, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Smarter Auction Item Procurement

From GreaterGiving.com Procuring auction items is hard work! Follow these tips to save time and procure items that will make you the most money. When you start procuring auction items, do you: A) Send out a general call to your school, church, or supporter network for general donations? B) Reach out to local businesses and ask for specific types of donations? C) Focus on in-demand items and request only those? Many organizations answer this question with A)—and end up with a silent auction that feels more like a garage sale. With B) and C), you save yourself and your auction committee time by collecting fewer items, making fewer packages, and putting only the best out on the auction tables.

What Nonprofits Need Most

By Sylia Obagi Director of Operations, Annenberg Foundation Posted at HuffingtonPost.com 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.

New Best Practices for Accountable Fundraising from DMANF

New guidelines for ethical fundraising from the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation (DMANF) define transparency and a clear mission statement as critical aspects to a successful nonprofit strategy. It all comes down to building a foundation of trust with donors, who expect the organizations they support to operate at high standard of ethics, regardless of financial results. Earlier this month the DMANF’s ethics committee and advisory board adopted the Fundraising Principles and Best Practices for Accountability in Fundraising [PDF], which outlines four "General Principles" for it's members to adhere to: Establish a clear mission statement describing what you do and why. This helps donors determine whether it is a cause they want to endorse. Act in a way that furthers your overall mission, including ethical use of resources that are consistent with the stated mission objectives. In your messaging to donors, accurately describe how you spend your money and how it follows the established mission statement. Comply with relevant laws and regulations at both the federal and state level. Also covered in the document is the use of funds and the cost of fundraising, which details how important fundraising is for acquiring and retaining donors both as a short- and long- term investment. Without this primary source of unrestricted financial support, nonprofits would fail at delivering their mission and no longer be viable.

  • 3 min read
  • Jul 23, 2013 5:36:00 AM

Letter to the Donors of America

The following letter to the donors of America was penned by the leaders of the country’s three leading sources of information on nonprofits – GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The letter is made available the the public under the Attribution-NoDerivs Creative Commons license, which allows for it to be shared and distributed for any purpose so long as it remains unchanged. You may download a PDF of the letter here.  - re-posted from overheadmyth.com To the Donors of America: We write to correct a misconception about what matters when deciding which charity to support. The percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs—commonly referred to as “overhead”—is a poor measure of a charity’s performance. We ask you to pay attention to other factors of nonprofit performance:  transparency, governance, leadership, and results.  For years, each of our organizations has been working to increase the depth and breadth of the information we provide to donors in these areas so as to provide a much fuller picture of a charity’s performance.

AFP Photo Contest Winner!

During the AFP Conference in San Diego last April, we distributed cardboard cutouts of the Winspire Twins, Winston & Winnie. On the back were directions for people or groups to go take the most creative picture possible with the Twins anywhere at the conference or in the city. The winner of the contest would receive two 1-night Fairmont certificate to be used anywhere in the country! After sifting through plenty of creative submissions, we found our favorite from Michael Slaymaker from Easter Seals Disability Services in Florida, who was brave enough to get close to a group of massive sea lions to take a picture with the Twins.

  • 4 min read
  • Jun 20, 2013 3:09:00 AM

Where Will the Money Come From? 8 Golden Rules for Identifying Prospects

By Gail Perry MBA CFRE on her blog Fired Up Fundraising Gail is a consultant, speaker, author and coach for nonprofit leaders Where do you look for potential donors? Here are some shortcuts to help you identify the right donor prospects who can take your cause to the next level. 1. If you need funding, go to your current donors first. They have already invested in you. They are “pre-sold” on your organization and on your cause so to speak. They’ve already voted with their money that they believe in you. Work for deeper relationships with these existing donors, and you’ll be more successful.

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.

Why Winspire?

Best Selection of Unique Experiences Winspire offers the largest selection of unique trips and experiences.  Many of these items are  one-of-a-kind opportunities available only through Winspire. Complimentary Travel Booking  All packages include a simple and convenient complimentary travel booking service.  Winning bidders need only to make one call and our travel professionals will take it from there, handling reservations as well as every last detail. Additional travel services are available to winning bidders.

Fundraising Tip: Sell One Package to All of the Top Bidders

Several people bidding on the same package? Maximize your silent auction fundraising revenue by accepting the second highest bid and sell the package to the top two bidders. Then quickly go back to the third and fourth highest bidders who may well want to increase their bid slightly to be winners too! More happy winners, more excitement and more revenue for a great cause.

Question: Who is going to the most unique destination this holiday season?

Where are YOU going this holiday season? Every so often, we here at Winspire will have a question for our ever-growing list of friends. We might be looking for unique experience ideas, asking your opinion about things happening in the Non-Profit world, or starting a conversation to help pass along fundraising tips throughout the industry. If you have any suggestions for questions you’d like us to ask, email us. Remember to follow us today for your chance to win this month's Donation Give-Away: A VIP Wine Experience for two to Napa Valley!

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