Why aren’t corporations writing checks to support your nonprofit organization? Maybe you’re asking the wrong way.

Do you dream about walking into a meeting with a successful company, seeing their smiles and nods of appreciation as you present your organization's mission, impact and needs, and before you leave the room, they hand you a check...

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7 Tips to Hosting a Successful School Fundraiser

I’ve attended many school fundraising events in my career as a charity fundraising auctioneer. Some events have raised tons of money and parents had a blast in the process. These schools have followed a special formula for school fundraising...

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What the Size of Your Fundraising Event Says About Your Organization

They say size doesn’t matter… but I’m here to say, “Yes it does!” When it comes to planning a fundraising event poised for success, size definitely matters. In fact, the size of your event says a lot about your organization...

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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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4 Things You Can Do to Find Your Next Fundraising Event Auctioneer

Earlier this year we wrote a blog post titled, How to Select an Auctioneer for Your Next Charity (or Fundraising) Event. In the article we talked about the importance of understanding the difference between commission vs. fee-based auctioneers, the...

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How a Plant Can Elevate the Paddle Raiser Effort at Your Fundraising Event

In our previous article, Why Your Next Fundraiser Needs a Paddle Raiser, we talked about how you can raise the roof on your fundraising effort by incorporating a paddle raiser at your event. We learned that a paddle raiser...

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The Pros and Cons of a Summer Fundraising Event

The summer months are when nonprofits usually take a break from fundraising events and efforts. The reason: Many of your potential guests and donors are on summer break and taking summer vacations. Also, during the summer, you may be...

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Contracts and Deposits: The Crucial First Step at Your Next Fundraising Event

My wife and I went to Hawaii for a business trip/vacation. When we arrived, we realized we had not made arrangements from our airport to our hotel. While we were waiting for our luggage, my wife got on her...

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How Feedback Can Help Shape Next Year’s Fundraising Event

We don't have to tell you the importance of getting feedback from your guests and donors. Yet, so many fundraising event organizers overlook this last step in the event planning process. At every opportunity, we try to remind event organizers...

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How to Drum Up Fabulous Silent Auction Items

Having a silent auction at your fundraising event is a great way to raise funds for your charity. Silent auctions allow many people to participate in the fundraising experience, and they can be a fun experience for your guests too....

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