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

Posted by Summy Lau on Jan 31, 2017 1:44:59 PM

Events with Benefits Podcast CoverToday 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 DonationMatch.com 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 EventswithBenefits.com.

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:

Click to visit EventswithBenefits.com

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?...read 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.

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Topics: Fundraising Tips, Industry News, non-profit-news, nonprofits, event fundraising

Fundraising Tip: Maximize your Silent Auction Revenue by Offering a “Buy It Now” Feature

Posted by Ian Lauth on Jan 20, 2012 12:15:00 AM

When it comes to silent auctions, there is a common misconception with both auction planners and prospective bidders that there is one winner for each item. While that may be true for many items on a silent auction table, this is not the case with Winspire’s no-risk travel, entertainment and sports packages. Each of our packages has been developed so that they can be sold multiple times in a single event.

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Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign a Christmas Tradition

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 6, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Your holiday shopping trip to most retail stores would not be complete without the familiar “ding, ding, ding” of a Salvation Army volunteer ringing a bell and collecting money in a hanging “Red Kettle”.

According to the Salvation Army, the Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money for those who need it most in communities nationwide – providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States. A few interesting facts:

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Topics: nonprofit, Winspire News, bell-ringing, red-kettle-campaign, non-profit-new, non-profit-news, salvation-army, nonprofits

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

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 30, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Winspire Fundraising Tip

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.

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Fundraising Tip: When Asking for Donations Ask for a Second Item

Posted by Ian Lauth on Nov 21, 2011 2:01:00 AM
Ask for two donations

When asking for donations many people don’t think of asking for a second item. Asking for that second donation can greatly increase your revenue in the auction because you can now sell the same item to two people in the auction and double your revenue.

For example if you are able to secure two donated tickets to a major sporting event and sell them in your auction for $200, imagine if you had a second pair that you could sell to a second bidder for an additional $200. You just increased your net revenue from $200 to $400 just by asking for a second pair of tickets.

When asking for the second item, many people will be more than willing to make the extra donation but you first have to ask.

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Event Follow Up: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Gala

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 18, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Event Spotlight FollowUp - Ohr Museum Gala

Two weeks ago we announced the Ohr O’Keefe event. In addition to being a really fantastic evening, they sold five exotic Winspire packages, allowing them to maximize their fundraising revenue at the event.

Following is a list of the five Winspire packages they sold...

San Francisco Tonga Room Dining Experience

Dinner at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, Fairmont San Francisco 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 (3370-2)

Ireland Adventure

6-Night Getaway in Dublin, Ennis & Killarney, Historic Castle Overnight Stay, Rental Car, Guinness Storehouse VIP Tickets, Gap of Dunloe & Aran Islands Excursions with Airfare for 2 (1302-2)
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Big Brothers Big Sisters "Get Their Feet Wet"

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 16, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass Success Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass in Michigan (bbbsofbc.org) recently had a very successful fundraiser they almost didn't go through with due to staffing obstacles. Winspire worked with the organization to get the event in order, discussing various "Bucket List" items they could use to boost revenue and increase the profile of the auction. They enjoyed the concept of "Bucket List" items so much, they decided to name their event the "Time of Your Life Bucket List Evening Auction", and included multiple unique experience packages from Winspire.

The event organizer, Kathryn S. Rossow, was thrilled by how the event turned out and had some kind words she wanted to share...

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2 Weeks Until Drawing for Donation Give-Away!

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 15, 2011 1:00:00 AM

November Winpsire Donation Give-Away Package - 2 Weeks Left!

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Topics: maximize-fundraising-revenue, auction-item, travel-package, Donation Give-Aways, Industry News, Winspire News, donation-give-away, raising-money, winspire-package, charitable-mission, donation, non-profit-news, Non-Profit, Winspire Packages, wine-experience, bucket-list, bucket-list-travel, package-discounts-2, travel-experience, donation-give-aways-2

Winspire Question: What's on your Bucket List?

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 9, 2011 1:00:00 AM

What's on your Bucket List?

What travel location or experience is on your Bucket List?

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.

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New Winspire Package: 2012 U.S. Open Championship

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 7, 2011 3:07:00 AM
U.S. Open 2012 The Olympic Club

The 2012 U.S. Open Championship will take place at the historic Olympic Club in San Francisco, former four-time host of the U.S. Open. Established in 1860 and dedicated to the pursuit of amateur athletic excellence, The Olympic Club enjoys the distinction of being America's oldest athletic club. One of its two historic clubhouses, The Lakeside Clubhouse, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the club’s Lake Course will be the host site for the 2012 competition. Bordering Lake Merced, The Lake Course (6,812 yards, par 71) has been recognized by Golf Magazine in its list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and in Golf Week's category of "America's 100 Best Classical Courses."

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Winston & Winnie love to help Nonprofits raise money for amazing causes. They also love to travel and have a bucket list of amazing Experiences they are determined to complete in their lifetime. Winspire News is the result of this shared passion, offering fundraising advice, industry news and insight into charity fundraising with travel.