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February 24, 2017 Consider Bid Numbers on Armbands at Your Next Fundraising Event

We are consulting with a nonprofit who is conducting a Cajun Cookoff that is being held outdoors.  At this event dozens of food vendors will be preparing a variety of dishes for the guests to enjoy.  The attendees, over 1,000, will vote for the best vendor, among other things. This nonprofit incorporates a small silent…

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February 17, 2017 Don’t Put Your Fundraising Auctioneer’s Light Under a Bushel

What services is your fundraising auctioneer providing during your gala?  Are they simply auctioning the live auction items?  A professional fundraising auctioneer is ready and willing to work for you in many ways during your fundraising event. One aspect your auctioneer can assist with is the promotion of your silent auction.  They can make announcements…

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February 10, 2017 Getting Your Board on Board

A nonprofit’s board of directors consists of a variety of personalities and proficiencies. While all board members enjoy rolling up their sleeves and using their resources towards helping a mission they are passionate about, some will excel at certain tasks better than at others. You’ll have board members who will bring charisma and charm into…

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February 3, 2017 Raffle Drawings and the Magic of Momentum

We were consulting with a client the other day and raffle drawings became a big topic.  Let’s talk about the best use of these extra revenue generators. Raffles serve many purposes.  Not only are they a fundraising mechanism for those guests who enjoy a “game of chance”, but they are also the perfect vehicle to…

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January 27, 2017 Take One More Step

I was visiting with my good friends Drs. Mike and Leslie McClellan the other day.  They were sharing with me about a conversation their daughter’s soccer coach had with her during a practice.  Grace is a goalie for the Alabama Olympic Development Program Regional Team.  Her coach told her to take one more step before…

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January 20, 2017 Celebrating a Decade of C King Benefit Auctions

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years. Ten years ago, I decided to leave my family’s 4th-generation real estate auction business after 20 years of working with them to open my own company.  This would be a company where I could combine my passion of helping others with my passion for the auction…

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January 13, 2017 EATS! What Puts the Most Money in Your Nonprofit’s Pocket?

Nonprofits ask us all of the time which type food service is best for a fundraising event.  You may think this is a silly question but there is actually quite a lot of logic to picking the right food service when it comes to raising the most money possible at your event. There are three…

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January 6, 2017 Shout It Out LOUD! – Live Auction Item Displays

Nonprofits who offer live auction items very often don’t have plans to display those items.  “Why”? I ask.  To which they usually reply “We don’t have room to display them” or “The guests can see the information in the program, we don’t want to clutter up the room”.  My response back to them is why…

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