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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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Bidding at Auction

Live Auctions: How Should You Sequence Your Items?

Once you finished procuring items for your benefit auction, it’s time to put together your auction program. Once you’ve decided on which items to include in your live auction, putting your live auction items in the correct order can make a huge difference in your total revenue. Here are some tried and true tips: 1. Lead Off […]

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Golf Outings: Build Your Leadership Committee (So You’re Not Stuck Doing Everything)

Your golf outing 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 crew. In this post, we show you how to choose your committee members, assign them roles, and keep them motivated. […]

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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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Tips for Running a Legal Raffle Fundraiser

Raffle fundraisers are a great way to raise money for your nonprofit. Selling the chance of winning a big prize pulls people into your donor base who may not otherwise be able to afford auction items. Due to raffles’ proximity to gambling, however, fundraising raffles are subject to state and federal gaming regulations. While we don’t provide […]

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How to Select an Online Auction Software Provider

So you’ve decided to use mobile bidding software 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? While, there is no one-size-fits-all solution as your event has unique needs and preferences, 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: If you see a suggested start time that is prior to the timeline you are working with, don’t panic! Much of […]

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Why TravelPledge Connects Winning Bidders With Experience Providers Directly

Your event is over and it’s time for your winning bidders to redeem their fun experiences. We at TravelPledge pride ourselves on our direct redemption model – we connect winning bidders directly with experience provider that posted the certificate to TravelPledge. By contrast, some competitors offer a “white glove” service for certificate redemption, acting as a middleman […]

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