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An Open Plea to Hold Better Events

By Katya Andresen on her blog NonprofitMarketingBlog.com I got the following email today from one of my blog readers, John Scott Foster of the Wesselman Nature Society. I had an experience this weekend I thought you might be interested in.  I attended two “gala” type events.  One was the standard, at a conference center.  Held from 6 to 8:30.  Coat and tie.  Arrive at 6, cash bar, sit at a table at 7.  People say nice things.  You eat.  People say nice things.  Silent auction.  Then at the end of the silent auction, we are thanked for coming/supporting and told we can all stay and dance to the DJ selection.  3/4ths of the people run out the door, happy to have that obligation over.

Event Spotlight: The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic

The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic Reception was held Sunday, December 4 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire. Kicking off the well-attended evening was MC Fitz Fitzgerald who introduced headlining comedian Josh Blue. Blue, the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing,  has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes have to do with living with his disability, how he deals with it and how other people view him. The next day, a full field of players competed in the 16th Annual Golf Tournament at the Mission Hills Tournament Course.

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.

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

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.

  • 2 min read
  • Nov 21, 2011 2:01:00 AM

Event Follow Up: Ohr-O'Keefe 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)

Big Brothers Big Sisters "Get Their Feet Wet"

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...

Winning Bidder Experience - Charleston, South Carolina Getaway

We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from his Charleston Luxury Getaway...

New Winspire Package: 2012 U.S. Open Championship

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."

Winspire Items Account for 31% of Total Earnings in Fundraiser

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region was thrilled with the success of their 2011 Suncor Fundraiser this year. It was their first time including Winspire packages at a fundraising event, and they successfully sold 7 different experiences a total of 14 times. Overall, Winspire items accounted for 31% of the total Auction Earnings for the 2011 Suncor Fundraiser.

How Much Does a Date With Scarlett Johansson Cost?

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.

  • 4 min read
  • Oct 28, 2011 2:00:00 AM

Event Spotlight - “Diamonds Ohr Forever”

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.

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