Thanking your donors is not enough — you have to SHOW them the impact

Have you ever heard of a group called "Charity:  water"? I only became aware of them two weeks ago when Hubspot (the online marketing company) mentioned them as a brilliant example of effective email marketing. I thought, "wait a second...

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Auction Fundraising Academy Fundraising Success System

Fundraising, particularly event fundraising, is a tricky endeavor. You've got to find a venue, plan an event, recruit sponsors, enlist volunteers, sell tickets and then hope that the people in the room are feeling generous. But we all know that...

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Our Favorite Auction Fundraising Blog Posts for 2016

Oh yes, we've had a lot to say on the Auction Fundraising Academy blog this year. We've been sharing our tips, advice and knowledge so you can plan your next auction fundraising event with ease! As you scroll through our...

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How Do Nonprofits Measure Success and Impact?

In the business world, success is typically measured by bottom line financial results. For example, a company is deemed “successful” if it turns a meaningful profit. Shareholders, the executive team and employees are all rewarded – even celebrated –...

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5 Ways to Show Your Volunteers Appreciation Before the End of the Year

December is a time when a lot of nonprofits are winding down for the year. The annual fundraiser is behind them. Staff is wrapping up loose ends.  Everyone is ready for a much needed holiday break. Wait! Before you leave for...

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Using an Event Planner for Your Fundraising Event

Fundraising events are tricky. On one hand you want to be a good steward of your organization's resources and spend as little money as possible putting on the event; on the other hand, you want to deliver as enjoyable an...

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Why Your Organization Should Donate to Other Organizations

Chances are if you work for a nonprofit organization, you’re focused day-in and day-out on your own charity’s needs. You’re continually asking your donors to support you, and you’re constantly looking for new ways to raise money for your...

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What Makes a Venue Conducive for Fundraising?

One of the first decisions a fundraising event planner will have to make is choosing a venue. As a fundraising event auctioneer, I’ve seen a lot of venues. I know some that work very well and ensure a successful...

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Don’t Forget these 8 Important Details at Your Charity Event

As a charity event organizer, it’s easy to overlook the small stuff. It’s okay, there is a lot of stuff going on and a lot of details to remember. It’s not uncommon for those small-yet-important details to slip through...

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Fundraising Event Planning 101: Do Wine Pulls, Raffles and Giving Trees Work?

Over the years I’ve watched organizations get creative at their charity fundraising events. I’ve seen everything from wine pulls, giving trees and exciting raffles to fun games like Auction Chicken and Heads or Tails. The truth is that too many...

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