Transforming a mundane auction checkout receipt into a mission-driven missive

There was a problem at one of my spring fundraising auctions. The event was new, designed to take the place of a more traditional fundraising dinner.  For many years the dinner reliably drew 400- 500 guests.  The hope was that this new event would attract a similarly sized crowd. It didn’t. At first the plannerRead On >

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Pet peeve of fundraising auctions: Pointing

When someone points at you, it’s usually for negative reasons — a reprimand or an accusation. That’s why pointing isn’t welcome in my fundraising auctions.
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Skip the silent auction; put your focus on the Fund a Need

Here’s my take on why nonprofits – especially smaller ones – should bypass silent auctions and focus on running strong Fund a Needs.

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[VIDEO] Raising money for Haiti by focusing on the Fund a Need

In May I worked with a dedicated group of fundraisers in Louisiana whose gala raises money to build homes for some of the poorest of the poor in Haiti.  Each new home costs a mere $5000.  The emphasis at this gala is on the Fund a Need.  Though there is a live auction, it’s only« Continue Reading »

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The raging debate on auction bid numbers versus names

Let me preface this subject with two quick stories. Story #1 While flying back from Eugene, OR after last weekend’s auction, I had lots of time to watch some movies, including Life Itself.   The movie is a documentary about Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times’ film critic who recently died of cancer. Ebert shared an amusing« Continue Reading »

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