Don’t Expect Donors to Give at Your Next Fundraising Event

You spend OH so much time on the details of planning your golf outing, gala, fundraising breakfast or lunch, wine-tasting, or fund-a-need activity. And then, invitations are sent and you expect donors to give. Unfortunately, your guests don’t care much about the napkin colors, centerpieces, gift bags, or the font…

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2019 Benefit Auction Statistics: How does your event rate?

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of comparing the numbers of your benefit auction to other events.  Results vary by region, guest capacity, the cause, the type of event, and other factors. Furthermore, unless you are able to see all of the data …

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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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