Category: Promotion & Procurement

Make the ask for a donation

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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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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Silent Auction Baskets: How to Bundle Your Items (Step-by-Step Guide)

Do you have a bunch of smaller silent auction items that don’t really “pop” on their own? In this post, you’ll learn how to bundle your silent auction items into baskets so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We’ll cover: Choosing items to bundle Setting the minimum bid Presenting the bundle Let’s dive […]

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How to Promote Your Fundraiser on Facebook (Step-by-Step Guide)

In decades past, perhaps you’ve sold tickets to your big gala through direct mailers and ticket tables. Over the last 20 years, you’ve incorporated email into your marketing campaigns. Now, there is a new dominant marketing channel that you cannot ignore for your fundraising event: Facebook In this post, you will learn the basics of Facebook event […]

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Charity Galas: Target the Right Attendees to Maximize Donations

When planning your benefit event, remember these words: “You are not your audience.” Translation: planning things that appeal to you may not result in the biggest donations. Rather, you must understand what your most important supporters value and deliver it to them. In this post, we explore how to segment your audience and then target your actions […]

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How to Land Sponsors for Your Fundraiser (Step-by-Step Guide)

Wouldn’t you love to tell donors that every dollar raised at your fundraising event will go directly to fund your school, church, or charity? This means having every dollar spent on the event covered by a sponsorship or in-kind donation. This is possible, regardless of the size of your organization or gala. Many of your supporters can’t […]

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How to Get Donated Auction Items (Without Cold Calling)!

Your mother warned you, “Never talk to strangers!” But to get donated auction items, that is what you are asked to do. Anyone who has tried cold calling, however, knows that it rarely works. Why? You are asking a total stranger for something of value, to be given to someone they don’t know, for a cause they […]

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24 Awesome Prize Ideas for Your Silent Auction or Raffle

Raffles are a great way to raise money for your school, church, or charity. Participants feel good about their contribution and love the opportunity to win a big prize. You need to find raffle items that both excite your audience and generate a large net donation. Raffles can have multiple winners at different price levels so you’ll […]

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5 Steps to Selling More Tickets for Your Charity Fundraiser

Getting supporters to attend your nonprofit’s gala is tough work, especially if it is your organization’s first year throwing an event. Planning a proper marketing campaign can help you sell tickets efficiently and stay on budget. In this post, we explore ways to structure your thinking about event marketing and suggest tactics for driving ticket sales. Step […]

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