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Donation Request Forms: Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?

Auction organizers know the importance of connecting with generous businesses to find auction items. However, it’s cumbersome to fill out hundreds of online donation request forms hoping enough generous business owners say “yes.” How do you make your fundraising auction stand out? In this post, we cover the top mistakes to avoid requesting donations from companies to […]

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Online Auctions: A Step-by-Step Quick Guide for Nonprofits (Guest Post)

Earlier this year, society came to a halt as COVID-19 spread to all corners of the globe. For nonprofits, this meant finding digital alternatives to their donor engagement activities in order to keep their doors open during this uncertain time. Even though the pandemic has turned society upside down, nonprofit fundraising doesn’t stop for anything. Thanks to […]

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TravelPledge’s Latest Bed & Breakfast Additions (August ’20)

TravelPledge is excited to offer these new B&B stays for your auction or raffle. These are perfect if you are looking for a drivable “staycation” for your fall event. You can access them for your event from your TravelPledge dashboard under Use Items at Event > New Additions. Escape to Brandywine Valley & Gardens Chadds Ford, PA […]

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Living Room Captains: The Key to Your Virtual Gala’s Success

The most important thing for a virtual gala fundraiser is not the scripting, the video, the hosts or the auction items. The most important thing is getting people to tune in, ready to open their wallets. In this post, I’m going to show you how to achieve just that using “living room captains.” What Is a Living […]

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How Much Does It Cost to Throw a Virtual Gala?

Despite the virtual gala being the “plan B” for many nonprofits in 2020, many organizers have realized that their net donations are increased by going virtual! Since their virtual gala was less expensive to throw, the decreased revenue from ticket sales was more than offset by the lower costs. But just how much does it cost to […]

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Are You Coaching Your Fund-A-Mission Speakers? (Guest Post)

It’s the night of your big fundraiser. The money raised will define your ability to execute your mission and impact the lives of the communities you serve in a positive way. Your organization has planned every detail. Everything is running smoothly. You’ve come to the point in the night when you will ask your donors (don’t call […]

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How TravelPledge Supports Your Socially-distant Fundraising

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown event fundraising for a loop. At TravelPledge, we’ve been hard at work enhancing our capabilities to support you in your socially-distant fundraising efforts. Here are some helpful TravelPledge features and resources you may or may not be aware of. Local Experiences Mobile Bidding Integrations Virtual Experiences Flash Sales […]

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Why You Should Pre-record Your Virtual Fundraising Gala

The pandemic has forced thousands of nonprofits to cancel their in-person galas and stream a virtual gala online instead. However, the thought of producing a live gala on camera makes many organizers nervous. Here’s a little secret: the vast majority of virtual galas are pre-recorded. In this post, I’ll share why it’s A-OK to skip the stress […]

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Infographic: What Is the Best Platform for Streaming Your Virtual Gala?

Overwhelmed by having to choose among Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Zoom and a million other platforms for streaming your virtual gala? We’ve got you covered. Check out our decision tree below to learn what social media platform or webinar service is the best choice for streaming your online fundraiser. (Click infographic to enlarge.) Share this Image On Your […]

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