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Eagles Mere Inn

TravelPledge Welcomes Eagles Mere Inn!

TravelPledge is excited to feature The Eagles Mere Inn to our community of nonprofits! Located in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, The Eagles Mere Inn, is a warm and inviting country inn nestled in the middle of the “last unspoiled resort.” We encourage you to consider The Eagles Mere Inn for your next auction. About the […]

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Goal Setting

Benefit Auctions: 5 Steps to Set Realistic Revenue Goals

The answer to “How much do you want to make at your benefit auction?” should not be “As much as we can.” While technically true, such a vague answer is not helpful for making decisions. Rather, goals need to be specific, achievable and measurable so you can build a plan to achieve them. In this post, we […]

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Why TravelPledge Never Pays Auctioneers to Sell Its Experiences

To some, this headline may come as a surprise. Is it true that providers of auction items pay benefit auctioneers a commission whenever their items sell? You bet it happens. In fact, it’s the industry norm. Providers of auction items work on a fixed-price consignment model and are motivated to leverage auctioneers to sell as much of […]

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Mobile bidding at gala

TravelPledge Items Automatically Imported to Your Mobile Bidding Solution

NO MORE CSV FILES! TravelPledge has partnered with two leading mobile bidding solutions EVENT.GIVES (formerly Bidr) and MaestroSoft to eliminate the need to manually load items. Now event organizers will see their selected TravelPledge experiences populate automatically into their mobile bidding provider software. “Our customers are strapped for time,” said Mike Last, CEO and founder of TravelPledge. […]

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bullseye

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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MILESTONE: TravelPledge Welcomes Its 10,000th Nonprofit

TravelPledge connects benefit auction organizers with generous providers of vacations, golf, lessons, cruises and bucket list experiences. On November 8th, 2019 the 10,000th nonprofit account was created at TravelPledge.com. “We are grateful to our generous experience providers and to our nonprofits that leverage our platform to support great causes,” said Mike Last, TravelPledge CEO and founder. TravelPledge […]

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The Inn at Evergreen

TravelPledge Welcomes The Inn at Evergreen!

TravelPledge is excited to feature The Inn at Evergreen to our community of nonprofits! Once a Civil War Era mansion, The Inn at Evergreen is an 11-bedroom inn in Haymarket, VA. The Inn serves as the centerpiece to Evergreen Country Club. The Inn at Evergreen, as it exists today, is proudly listed on The National Register of Historic […]

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Auction steering committee

13 Roles You Need on Your Auction Steering Committee

In another post, we discussed differences between a Steering Committee and a traditional Auction Committee. In this post, we identify the key roles and responsibilities for your Steering Committee. Of course, the same person can fill multiple roles so long as they have the bandwidth. This post is adapted from The Big Book of Benefit Auctions by […]

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Enriquez Estate Wines

TravelPledge Welcomes Enriquez Estate Wines!

TravelPledge is excited to feature Enriquez Estate Wines (Forestville, CA) to our community of nonprofits! Enriquez Estate is a family owned and operated micro-winery specializing in limited production Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Muscat wines. Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the magical estate vineyard started life as a dairy farm. Dedicated to preserving the […]

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