Professional Event Planners or Volunteers?

02.04.2016 · Terri

TP Black BackgroundEvery nonprofit faces the question when looking at their fundraising events for the year. Do we put our fundraising event budget in the hands of volunteers or do we hire or contract with a professional event planner?

Hiring a professional may seem like a no brainer for some organizations, while others are struggling to pay the staff already onboard. Both options have benefits and drawbacks, but let’s take a look at the volunteer option.

Volunteers are so often the key to great events, including fundraising auctions. After all, they are a sampling of your potential donor audience. Volunteers understand what attracted them to your organization and can share that passion with others as they work to make your event great.


We’d Love To Hear From You

01.13.2016 · Terri

TravelPledge frameWorking closely with nonprofits is our passion. And we enjoy helping event planners and nonprofits with their fundraising efforts.  So much so that we’d love to hear from all of you that we’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Your comments help others know what to expect when they’re looking for someone to help in their fundraising efforts.  As a growing business we know how limited time can be, so we are very appreciative of your time and input. That’s why we want to say thank you by offering an opportunity to be entered in our quarterly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.  Just send us your testimonial to or post it to our Facebook page.


Opportunity Knocks for Your Donors and for your Organization.

12.19.2015 · Terri

For all our TravelPledge partners your supporters have an opportunity to enjoy a four day Caribbean cruise January 21st, 2016.

Supporters of your charitable organization (plus friends/family) can enjoy a four day Caribbean cruise,January 21st, 2016. Here are some important details:

  • Your supporter saves $384.
  • Your organization receives $614!
  • Very limited number of these are available

“Last Minute” Escape for Your Donors

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Storytelling 101

12.11.2015 · Terri

Geronimo Solutions Your StoryTelling a powerful story about your nonprofit may not be the best fundraising tool. What? That’s right, if we are telling the story of our nonprofit and leaving out the donor, we may be making a fundraising fumble.

Every great story has a hero. When we leave out the donor, we’ve left out the hero of our story. Donors give their first gift because they want to believe that they can make an impact on whatever the problem is that your organization is tackling. If you tell them all about how your organization has made a difference they’ll think that’s great. If you tell them all about how THEY have made a difference or how they could make a difference, their bond to your organization is more likely to grow.


Getting Started with TravelPledge

11.18.2015 · Terri

TravelPledge frameAs you begin planning your fundraising auction, be sure to include TravelPledge in your “to do” list. Travel Pledge can ease the burden of finding high quality auction items and great destinations.

The unique system is designed to be a partner to nonprofit organizations of any size. TravelPledge will help to maximize your auction donations, while eliminating the risk and saving you time.

Get started by registering your free account here to unlock a selection of items which range from golf outings to exotic getaways. There are items available to appeal to every price range for your vastly different donors. Giving your donors options will increase revenue and help to build an outstanding reputation for your event.

In addition to access to unique and profitable auction items, your free TravelPledge account will provide you with a custom branded web page, which will include your organization’s logo, color scheme to match your website and information about your organization. This page can be used to share the available items you’ve chosen with donors through email blasts, social media posts and even in your monthly or quarterly mail newsletter. The page can be available to donors throughout the year, not just during your auction event. Keeping this page at the top of their mind will give donors access to fun getaways and events when they’re ready for them throughout the year, while providing your organization with an additional income stream.

TravelPledge creates a win-win for you and your donor. They will have opportunities to access adventures that may not have been available to your organization in the past and you will watch your event revenue grow, while using the time you would have spent securing major auction items, to focus on other important fundraising details. Get started with TravelPledge today and open up the world for your donors.