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January Donation Giveaway Winner Announced! Congrats goes to...

We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's first Donation Give-Away drawing of 2018! Congratulations goes to Kristin Melton, Marketing & Development Director at Bloom Our Youth. The Fayetteville, Georgia-based charity (just south of Atlanta) provides safe shelter and physical, educational, and emotional support to children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect and other tragic circumstances. It's our honor to be able to donate a $1,000 Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree for their use in an upcoming fundraiser.

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  • Jan 25, 2018 8:37:56 AM

Sending Love to Napa and Sonoma 🍇

In the midst of tragedy across North America, last week's wildfires in Northern California hit especially close to home. Winspire has many friends and partners in picturesque wine country, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of life, health and property for all victims of the wildfires. Despite the devastation, we are hearing amazing stories of community, compassion and resilience. People and businesses in Napa and Sonoma are helping each other and coming together in remarkable ways. It is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

  • 8 min read
  • Oct 18, 2017 8:32:05 AM

5 Ways to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief

By now, you've probably seen the images on the news. Category 4 Hurricane Harvey has brought torrential rains and massive river flooding to southeast Texas, leaving 30,000 and counting without shelter. The destruction and damage has been widespread and, in some cases, fatal.

  • 10 min read
  • Aug 29, 2017 10:42:15 AM

6 Reasons to Attend the RAISE 2017 Event Fundraising Conference

RAISE 2017, sponsored by BidPal®, is the first national conference for event fundraising professionals. The one-day conference will take place September 25-26 in Washington, DC. and will be preceded by a half-day user conference and cocktail networking reception.

  • 6 min read
  • Aug 24, 2017 8:05:00 AM

9 Simple Safeguards to Sidestep Legal Troubles in Your Fundraiser

When it comes to benefit events, unknown variables come with the territory. You can't know for sure if you'll reach your fundraising goals, get bids in the live auction, smoothly execute the night's agenda and more. However, if low bids, sloppy mistakes or an unenthusiastic audience seem like worst case scenarios - you'll want to read on.

  • 12 min read
  • Apr 27, 2017 7:10:00 AM

April Donation Give-away Winner Announced! Congrats goes to...

We are thrilled to announce the winner of Winspire's second Donation Give-Away drawing of 2017! Congratulations goes to Robin Loyed, Board Member and Game Day Announcer at Miracle League of Las Vegas, a charitable organization that provides children and adults with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in a safe, nurturing environment. It's our honor to be able to donate a 2-night stay at the spectacular Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., a Preferred Hotels property, for their use in an upcoming fundraiser. After the drawing, we reached out to Loyed to find out more about their cause and how the prize can be used to generate revenue for Miracle League. Read on to learn more, plus get a sneak peek at our next giveaway!

  • 10 min read
  • Apr 13, 2017 6:05:00 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.

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  • Jan 31, 2017 1:44:59 PM

6 Easy Ways Nonprofits Can Get Stellar Online Reviews [shareable graphic]

When it's noon, your tummy's growing and you're looking to try something you turn to Yelp, Google, Foursquare or more? If so, you're in good company: Some 90 percent of people make decisions based on online reviews, while 74 percent of people say they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. While brands have always had to manage their reputation, the first impression many customers have with a product these days is their reviews on Amazon, Facebook and more. As consumer dollars increasingly hinge upon online reviews, the same is true for philanthropic dollars. People want to know about your cause, mission and impact before donating. As a result, testimonials and ratings from an objective third party can be more influential than the impressive stats you might post on your own site. Positive reviews can change visitors into lifelong donors. Negative reviews can turn them into missed opportunities. Have you looked at your online reviews lately? If so, do those reviews improve your credibility...or raise red flags? In today's post we'll look at 6 strategies for nonprofits to attract online reviews that leave a great first impression. We'll also provide a handy "Guide to Online Reviews" graphic to share with supporters that makes reviewing a breeze. Step 1. Do work that merits positive reviews. Don't worry: This is the easy part! The rest of this post is based on the assumption your organization is already doing work worthy of outstanding reviews. Here at Winspire, we have the pleasure of working with thousands of nonprofit clients, auctioneers, vendors and more to help raise more money for good causes. As a Winspire News reader, I'm confident your impact deserves to be shared on social media. Step 2: Create and claim profiles on multiple review sites Reviews are a numbers game. The more positive reviews you get, the less weight a negative review holds. It used to be that nonprofit rating sites like Charity Navigator led the way for these objective reviews. Organizations were evaluated based on criteria like financial health, transparency and overhead. While the process wasn't necessarily comprehensive, it gave donors some reassurance before deciding to give. Today the first search results that pop up for your organization are social media pages (like Facebook and Google) and directory sites (like Yelp, Glassdoor, Yellow Pages, and

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  • Jan 24, 2017 7:05:00 AM

January Donation Give-away Winner Announced! Congrats goes to...

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our first Donation Give-Away drawing of 2017! Congratulations goes to Michael Stopka, Executive Director at Mattoon Area P.A.D.S. in Mattoon, Ill., an emergency shelter and community resource open to all individuals and families in need. It's our honor to be able to donate a 3-night stay at the spectacular Kinzie Hotel in Chicago, a Preferred Hotels property, for their use in an upcoming raffle. After the drawing, we reached out to Michael to find out how he plans to use the prize to generate revenue for their lifesaving services in central Illinois. Read on to learn more about their cause, plus get a sneak peek at our next giveaway prize. Comprehensive care for those at risk Since 2003, Mattoon Area P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has served as a safe haven for hundreds of homeless or at-risk individuals and families every year. "We are an emergency shelter open for men, women and children," Michael explains. "On average we provide over 4,500 shelter nights per year to those most in need."

  • 5 min read
  • Jan 17, 2017 7:15:00 AM

Top Posts of 2016: Save the Date Invites, Sponsorship Letters, Auction Basket Ideas & More

What a year it has been! The world of event fundraising is evolving every day, and we have the articles and resources to prove it. This past year, we covered a wide range of fundraising topics, including donor development, event production, unique travel Experiences and more - all to help nonprofit professionals raise more for their causes. Read on for the top 6 most-viewed posts of 2016, including tips to write sleek "Save the date" invitations, secure new event sponsorships and get creative with silent auction baskets. We hope you'll gain new ideas to surprise, inspire and engage donors in the year ahead!  

  • 7 min read
  • Dec 28, 2016 7:50:00 AM

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