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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YOU Fill My Bucket. Thank you!

Today, also known as Valentine’s Day, is the day we tell others how much we love and appreciate them. I have the honor and pleasure of meeting you, talking to you, and seeing your hard work throughout the year. The interactions I have with you fill my bucket!

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The Thank You Letter That Shocked Me

I’m old school and I love to receive thank you notes. The handwritten kind that show the person who wrote it took some time to think about what they would say to me. While I do receive handwritten thank you notes that make me smile and feel great, it’s not often I receive a computer […]

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When I retire, I’ll move to Princeton, NJ for this. (And a lesson in thanking event sponsors)

Here are three examples of how to publicly thank event sponsors from your auction.

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Are You Ready for Thanks Giving?

No, not the turkey and stuffing event. I’m talking about giving thanks for all of the actions your supporters are taking in the final quarter of 2015; the “givingest” time of year. Are you ready with creative, fun, this-will-get-noticed recognition, that allows your supporters to feel great when they: Give their time at your fall […]

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