Category: Fundraising

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Think Like a Guest to Provide Attendees the Best Experience at Your Benefit Auction

When you focus on your guests’ enjoyment, your guests will reward you. This may be obvious, but is too often overlooked in the planning. Some committees do a great job thinking about the party, theme, food, decorations, program, service and the event mission. Those are all important. But what will pay the biggest dividends is to “think […]

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73 Theme Ideas for Your Gala

Choosing an interesting theme for your gala results in several benefits. It makes your event stand out among supporters, focuses your decision-making, engages attendees with interactive elements, and provides a cohesive feel for the evening. Here are some theme ideas to get you started. Hopefully you find one that fits your audience, but don’t be afraid to […]

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Use the “Buy It Now Board” to Sell Small-Ticket Items at Your Silent Auction

Your auction committee likely acquired great vacations, unique memorabilia, and bucket list experiences for your live or silent auction. These are no-brainers to include in the bidding, as they are sure to get your audience buzzing. Your committee likely also procured an array of certificates from local businesses: cleaning, dance lessons, chiropractic service, haircuts and styles, tanning […]

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Put Your Live Auction Items in the Right Order to Maximize Donations

The “when” of selling items in your live auction is often as important as the “what.” Here are some guidelines to sequence your live auction items to maximize donations: 1. Start with a tangible item. Starting with a tangible and “emotional” item focuses the audience’s attention and engages them from the get-go. Something for kids is always […]

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7 Strategies for Recession-Proof Fundraising

Recession-proof fundraising means taking action during the good times and the bad times to protect your sources of revenue. In this post, you’ll learn what steps you should take during growing and receding economies to build a sustainable future for your organization. During a Good Economy 1. Make the Good Times Count Economist Colin Camerer identified a […]

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