How to Avoid Fundraising Gone Wrong

09.04.2017 · Terri

CommunicationNo money, no mission is a mantra often heard in the halls of nonprofits and in board meetings and fundraising conferences around the globe. But what happens if the steady flow of donations slows or even stops? That is a question no organization wants to answer. Your best bet is to planning ahead to avoid the pitfalls of fundraising.

One major key to long-term fundraising success is communication. Communication encompasses a great deal in your organization. Let’s start with relationship building.


Auction Ideas & Pro Tips

06.22.2017 · Terri

auction items aIf you’re new to the fundraising auction scene, looking to those who have experience in auction events is a good idea. There are some ideas that can only come from experience.

A well run fundraising auction can increase your bottom line and attract new supporters. While every event and every organization is different, there are some ideas and tips that can help.


Your Fundraiser’s Adventure Vacation Awaits

05.31.2017 · Terri

travelpledge clipHave ever attended a fundraiser and wondered how they got some of the most exciting vacation experiences? It’s likely they contacted TravelPledge! TravelPledge provides incredible experiences from reputable and amazing providers. One such provider is Sporting Adventures International.

Sporting Adventures International is one of our newest partners providing exceptional experiences for your events. They offer an adventure for everyone! From a unique Dove Hunting experience in Cordoba, Argentina to luxurious villas in destinations such as Costa Rica or St. John, there’s an adventure for everyone. Each of the experiences your event promotes will generate not only an opportunity for an incredible contribution but will impress your supporters and provide them with a memorable vacation.


Dream Vacation To Super Charge Your Fundraiser

05.26.2017 · Terri

Whim Canouan Island_ee1__gv20_exterior_and_bay_from_villa_monte_carlo_bbbjsv_0Vacations are one of the most popular items at fundraising events. They help to generate a lot of positive buzz gaining the interest of many potential donors in addition to creating a greater contribution to your fundraising efforts.  When included in your live auction you have the ability to Super Charge your donation and allow your auctioneer  to “Wow” your audience!


Building a Solid Foundation – the Basics of Launching Your Silent Auction

05.22.2017 · Terri

silent-auction-items-photo vacation for charityDoes the thought of hosting a fundraising auction for your organization seem overwhelming? While the old adage “the more you put in, the more you get out” is certainly true, do not be afraid to step out and plan an auction event and put in that extra effort.

If you’ve never planned a fundraising auction before, you may not know where to start. A good place to begin is by planning your auction items. Many organizations use a shotgun approach and go and ask for donations and take whatever they can find from local donors. This can be helpful as fillers, but to really create a great and lasting event, you’ll want to use the rifle approach and really target your donors with the type of auction items you secure and offer to them. In order to get the items that fit best for your donors, you will be relying on information already in your database. If your development team (or person) isn’t making good notes about their meetings, be sure they start NOW! You’ll be able to use info gathered along with their LAI (Linkage, Ability Interest) notes to make a great starting list for items. Perhaps you have a good number of donors with interest in the arts, visit a gallery to see how they can contribute. Knowing your donors already have that interest might be attractive to the gallery as well, making them more likely to come on board for your auction. The LAI information will also help you choose items that fall in a price category most attractive and feasible to your donors. If you have a large population of donors who enjoy golf, visit TravelPledge to find a golf package that fits in the price range you are looking for. TravelPledge can provide many great and unique items for your auction, including trips, lessons, golf vacations and more.