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Why Auction Trips Make Sense (and lots of $$$!)

As your fundraising event attendees are getting dressed for the big night out, they may give some thought as to how much money they will spend on raffle tickets or what they might buy at your live or silent auction. While people may come with a specific dollar figure in mind, they will often spend above and beyond depending on what opportunities are presented at the event. Whether it’s offering an auction trip to an all-inclusive resort, selling raffle tickets for a piece of signed sports memorabilia or delivering a heartfelt special appeal from a beneficiary of your mission, there are plenty of ways to entice your guests to contribute more money during an event. R&B singer, Usher, bid $12,000 for this puppy at a charity auction in 2012. Many people in the room will be willing to spend additional money that night to support your cause. The key to fundraising success is to present them with opportunities and options. After all, these are patrons of your organization and the fact that they are attending your event means they have already made some financial investment in the cause. How many times have you seen people go wild over that cute little puppy at a live auction? While few guests come to your event with the intention of purchasing a new family pet, this is consistently a very popular live auction item. That beaming couple walks out of the ballroom with the adorable dog, laughing about how surprised the kids will be in the morning. People get caught up in the moment, and in their excitement, buy things they didn’t even know they wanted. What if you could offer something at your event that people were already going to buy anyway? When you offer auction trips as part of your fundraising event, you do exactly that. In a recent survey, Winspire asked 400 people who purchased trips at charity events in the past 6 months about their travel habits. An overwhelming 70% said they take at least 3-6 leisure trips a year. Over 60% of survey respondents said they budget at least $7,500 for vacation travel annually, with 40% budgeting a whopping $10,000 or more each year. Whether they book their trips on the Internet or use a travel agent, a majority of the patrons who attend fundraising galas are people who like to travel and have the money to do it.

December Give-Away Winner: Congratulations to Helena Anderson & Flying Horse Farms!!

We are happy to announce the winner of the December 2011 Donation Give-Away! Helena Anderson, President of the Anderson Companies in Columbus, Ohio is excited to be donating the American Airlines certificates to Flying Horse Farms to use in their 2nd Annual Beneath the Stars 2012 fundraiser on October 5th where 100% of this donation will help send a child to camp.

December Donation Give-Away: Two Tickets to Any American Airlines Destination in the 48 States and Canada!

We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for December: Two tickets on American Airlines to any of their destinations in the contiguous 48 states & Canada!* Always a hot auction item because of the open-ended nature of the offer, your Non-Profit can use these tickets to round out a previously donated package or as a stand-alone in a raffle or auction. The purchaser of this package can use these tickets to go anywhere American Airlines flies in the 48 contiguous United States & Canada, subject to availability. See the Package Summary below for more details.

Last Chance to Enter the Donation Give-Away!

LAST CHANCE to follow Winspire to become eligible to win a trip to Napa Valley Wine Country! The drawing for our November Donation Give-Away will take place tomorrow at 6pm EST, so we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that today is your last chance to start following Winspire to become eligible to win this fantastic VIP package experience. That means you must Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter and/or Subscribe to our online newsletter today. If you do all three, you triple your chances of winning.

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!

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...

Winspire Question: 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.

Travel Partner Spotlight: Celebrity Cruises

We would like to congratulate one of Winspire's Travel Partners, Celebrity Cruises, for some exceptional reviews they recently received. In the prestigious annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards celebrating the world’s best hotels, airlines, cities, islands and cruise lines, Celebrity ranked #1 in the highly competitive large-ship (2,500+ guests) category. Nearly 29,000 readers participated in Condé Nast Traveler’s 24th annual survey, evaluating cruise lines in seven areas: Food/Dining, Staterooms, Design/Layout, Crew/Service, Shore Excursions, Activities/Facilities and Itineraries/Schedules.

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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 November Donation Give-Away

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.

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