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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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Build Your Leadership Committee for Your Benefit Golf Outing

Your committee makes your tournament go. The people in this committee will handle planning, marketing, sponsorships, operations and more. In other words, if you want a profitable golf tournament, you need to have the perfect committee. How to Choose your Committee Many tournament planners will recruit their close friends for comfort and convenience. When looking at your […]

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5 Steps to Launching a Successful Marketing Campaign for Your Benefit Event

Getting supporters to attend your non-profit’s gala is tough work, especially if it is your organization’s first year throwing an event. Budgetary constraints and time demands further complicate things. Taking the time to properly plan your marketing campaign can help you sell tickets efficiently and stay on budget. In this post, we explore ways to structure your […]

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8 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Mobile Bidding Provider for Your Auction

So you’ve decided to use mobile bidding at your upcoming gala. Great decision! Mobile bidding will reduce your hassle managing paper bid sheets, drive up bids, and simplify checkout. How do you choose the right mobile bidding provider for your event? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution as your event has unique needs and preferences. But, this […]

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The Ultimate Benefit Auction Checklist

Are you organizing a benefit auction, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. We’ve worked with thousands of events and boiled down the essentials tasks and decision points to the following checklist. Note: This checklist focuses on the auction processes within the event and is not a substitute for a full event planning guide. […]

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Why It’s Important to Connect Winning Bidders with Experience Providers Directly

We at TravelPledge pride ourselves on our direct redemption model. When a winning bidder wants to redeem their certificate for one of our experiences, we connect them directly with the experience provider (e.g., the Caribbean beach resort). By contrast, some competitors offer a “white glove” service for certificate redemption, acting as a middleman between the winning bidder […]

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Big Book of Benefit Auctions

4 Must-Read Books About Benefit Auctions

Whether you are a PTO parent organizing a benefit auction for the first time or a seasoned fundraiser improving on last year’s gala, it is always helpful to take a word from the pros. That’s why we went out and reviewed the four most influential benefit auction books, written by auctioneers and other industry insiders. These folks […]

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