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Apply Nobel Prize Winners’ Findings to Your Benefit Auction

Two economists, Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson, won the Nobel in economic science on Monday for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats. At TravelPledge, we are quite excited about auction theory getting so much attention in the news! We looked at a few of Milgrom and Wilson’s findings to see how […]

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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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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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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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We Gave Our Homepage a Fresh Look. Here’s Why.

This week, we updated the look and content of TravelPledge’s homepage. We are very excited with the result and wanted to share with our customers why we made the change. TravelPledge Is Not Just Another Travel Consignment Company In some nonprofit circles, “travel consignment” is a dirty word and for good reason. Most travel consignment companies work […]

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15 Must Know Tips for Throwing a Virtual Gala

Thousands of nonprofits are realizing the benefits of virtual galas. Virtual galas engage new donors, save event costs on food, staff and venue, and ultimately deliver donations that meet or exceed that of in-person events. We’ve surveyed benefit auctioneers and consultants to put together their list of top tips for your virtual gala. 1. Invite everyone Unlike […]

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