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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Why the Order of Your Live Auction Items Counts

The live auction is one of the most important fundraising events for your organization. Typical live auctions bring in thousands of much-needed dollars for your organization, more money than many of your event’s fundraising activities combined. Obviously selecting items for...

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5 Live Auction Items Your Charity Must Have

Your charity live auction is your #1 chance to raise a lot of money for your organization so you need to make sure you have the items in place for your live auction. But not all live auctions are...

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5 Questions to Ask Your Charity Event Auctioneer (Before You Hire Her!)

Are you in the market for a charity event auctioneer?  If so, you need to ask the right questions to make sure you find – and hire – the right auctioneer for your charity event. As you can imagine, charity...

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3 Strategies For Keeping Donors Involved at Your Fundraising Event

You’ve done the hard work getting your donors to attend your fundraising event. Kudos to you! Now that your donors are all standing in the same room, it’s time to focus on crossing the finish line. Don’t drop the ball!...

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Fundraising Enemies: 6 Things that Can Kill Your Paddle Raiser

Don't kill the messenger here, but you may be sabotaging your own fundraising efforts with decisions that may seem little, but have a HUGE impact. When I consult with nonprofit clients, we always discuss the potential "barriers to bidding"...

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The Dark Side of Consignment at Charity Auction Events

Autographed merchandise. Exotic vacations. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences. All of these items are found at your typical fundraising auction event and all come with a hefty price tag. So I ask, are these high-ticket consignment items worth their weight in gold at your charity...

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How to Secure a Vacation Package for Your Live Auction

Have you ever wondered how charities seem to secure amazing vacation packages to auction off at their events? Trips to Napa, Honolulu, and Vail always seem to be on the table ready for one of your VIP guests to snag....

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Why Impromptu Additions to Your Live Auction are a Bad Idea

Trying to raise "every dollar possible" becomes a trap that ultimately sabotages your event. We've all been to events where a decision is made to add new items to the live auction and then disaster unfolds. Here’s the typical scenario: ...

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Here’s One Way to Kill Your Live Auction… Guaranteed!

I have attended hundreds of charity events in my lifetime, and time and time again I have seen fundraising event organizers make a mistake that is so annoying to watch as it unfolds, nearly impossible to stop once the...

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