Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization, and showing appreciation to the dedicated team who keeps your organization operating is vital. The calendar offers plenty of opportunities to recognize volunteers, as well as recruit new team members. Know how to maximize these dates for your organization.
The last week of April is designated as National Volunteer Week, with many using April 20th as Volunteer Appreciation Day. Your organization can choose to recognize and thank volunteers during either or both of these widely acknowledged appreciation opportunities.
How can you get creative with Tricky Trays if you aren’t sure what they are? Tricky Trays are a type of auction that allows the bidder to purchase chances to win and place them for a chance to win the item or items of their choice. Trick Trays usually involved gift baskets or packaged items.
So, what do you need to get your Tricky Tray event started? Add chance tickets to your list. You can use standard raffle tickets, or get creative with a themed ticket or entry slip, depending on your event. Your guests will want to write their identifying information and contact information on each individual slip. This will allow you to contact them if they are the winner of an item, as well as add them to your outreach lists.
With the popularity of auctions consistently on the rise and fundraising taking on so many forms, largely thanks to social media, how can you make your fundraising event stand out? The odds of striking it lucky with an “ice bucket challenge”-type gimmick are small, but adding a theme to your event could pay off.
Building your fundraising event around a specific theme can give your event a boost in several ways. Your marketing alone could benefit by adding a theme. Be sure your event logo reflects the theme. It’s okay to create a new event logo each year, based on the current theme of an annual event. Taking your theme to radio or TV can add a fun twist to an otherwise ordinary interview about your event.
While planning your fundraising auction there are plenty of great models and best practices to follow. Trends for fundraising auctions are readily available with a quick internet search. However, one thing all of this research can’t do for you is probably the most important key to the success of your auction. Know your audience.
It may sound like Marketing 101, but this is a fundamental piece for your fundraising auction. Knowing your audience will determine what direction you take when seeking and securing auction items, as well as how you market the event.
Before you attempt to determine what type of auction items to secure, you will need to know your audience’s price range. Having an event full of items with a price point that is too low will leave money on the table. Price points that are too high can alienate your donors and lead to an auction that fizzles fast. Either way, that equals a lack of funds to operate your organization. Who are your event attendees. Are they prior donors? Consider what you know about them. Do they hold season tickets to the symphony, a sports team or memberships in social clubs? Gathering the information you already know about them will help you determine the right price range for items overall.
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