Category: Plan Your Gala

event email marketing tips

5 Best Practices for Event Email Marketing (Guest Post)

You’re laying the groundwork for your next nonprofit event. You’re planning how you’ll set up the venue (or virtual event space), acquiring auction items, and creating the event schedule. There’s only one element missing from your event plans: how are you going to get people to attend?  Your next auction or gala might be your most exciting […]

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Bidding online for an auction

The Best Online Auction Sites for Nonprofits

There is no shortage of online auction software and mobile bidding options for nonprofit fundraisers. But, who are you going to trust with your school, charity, church or club’s silent auction? In this post, we’ll break down how to choose an online auction site for your nonprofit and summarize the solutions from major auction software companies. How […]

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school class project for auction

School Auctions: Raise the Most Money with Class Projects

School auctions represent a great opportunity for a variety of people to get involved at any level they are able. For the teachers, their contribution can be to coordinate a class project that can be sold at the auction as an instant heirloom. What parent wouldn’t want a lasting memory of their child’s third-grade experience? In this […]

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The Four Types of Post-COVID Fundraising Events (Guest Post)

Our friends at Trellis have published a fantastic guide about fundraising events in 2022 and beyond. Check it out! We can all agree there are benefits to both in-person and virtual events. What if we could combine the best of both worlds? Reimagine fundraising and download our guide outlining the four types of post-covid fundraising events to raise […]

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Fundraising virtual auctions events 5 key metrics

Fundraising for Virtual Auctions and Events: 5 Key Metrics (Guest Post)

Virtual events are a key fundraising tool for nonprofits, but they require time, money, and effort to be successful. Given the resources necessary for planning and hosting an event, you shouldn’t have any questions about whether or not your event accomplished your nonprofit’s outreach and fundraising goals.  Tracking metrics helps your nonprofit evaluate the impact and return […]

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5 Digital Engagement Tips for auction planning and marketing

5 Digital Engagement Tips for Auction Planning and Marketing (Guest Post)

Whether in-person, online, or hybrid, auctions are incredibly popular fundraisers for nonprofits looking to earn donations, connect with sponsors, and throw a fun event for their supporters. However, nonprofit auction planning and marketing has evolved over the years, and it can be difficult to stand out amongst other organizations hosting their own auctions.  The integration of online […]

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virtual gala filming

Should You Charge for Tickets to Your Virtual Gala?

Virtual galas provide nonprofits an affordable alternative to an expensive in-person gala. By replacing ballrooms and dinners with online auction and event streaming technology, online fundraisers can engage supporters at a fraction of the cost. However, cost is only one side of the equation. Equally important to cost is revenue, and an important revenue driver to in-person […]

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Make the ask for a donation

Silent Auction Donation Request Letter Advice and Templates

We’ve discussed earlier on this blog how to get donated silent auction items without cold calling. In short, you should leverage your charity auction committee’s existing connections before cold-calling businesses for donated auction items. But sometimes personal connections are not enough, and you need to build new connections to generous businesses through donation request letters. In this […]

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Silent Auction Display

Where Should You Start Your Silent Auction Bids?

If you’re running a silent auction, setting the proper starting bid, bid steps and buy-it-now price will result in higher bids and bigger donations. Starting Bids Here are some rules of thumb for setting the starting bid (AKA minimum bid) for your silent auction items. Type of Item Starting Bid TravelPledge Experience Use the TravelPledge-provided starting bid, […]

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