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August 18, 2017 Silence is Not Always Golden

There is often great debate within nonprofit committees about whether announcements should or shouldn’t be made during the cocktail time, when revenue generating activities are occurring, at a fundraising event.  I’d like to weigh in from a fundraising perspective on this topic. Many auction committees prefer there are no announcements made from the time the…

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August 11, 2017 3 Reasons a Donor Might Require a Minimum Bid

A donor just offered your nonprofit a great donation for your upcoming auction and the committee is super excited.  When you meet with the donor to get all of the details for the donation, the donor tells you that the bidding must begin at the fair market value of the item.  As a committee member,…

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August 4, 2017 And The Winner IS…

Many of our clients ask about the best time to conduct the drawings for raffles and games during their fundraising events. Generally, the sales of these activities are done during the cocktail/silent auction time, which is usually 1 ½ hours before the event’s program begins. A challenge that most nonprofits have is keeping guests at…

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July 28, 2017 Planned Giving – 3 Things Nonprofits Need To Know

Hopefully, as a 501 (c) 3 organization, your nonprofit has included planned giving in your fundraising model. Planned giving can be facilitated in a variety of ways. Nonprofits can benefit from life insurance policies or donations of assets or real estate upon a benefactor’s death. Ok, so your charity has been remembered in someone’s estate….

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July 21, 2017 Safeguard Your Fundraising Event

There can be some negative legal ramifications to certain aspects of your fundraising event that you might not have a clue about. Today’s guest blog from Winspire covers a lot of that territory. Check it out and make sure you have these bases covered so your next event is a home run, not a strike out….

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July 14, 2017 I Was in the Right Place, But It Musta Been the Wrong Time

This may sound like a subject that’s too simple to even cover in a blog, but it’s something that I encountered recently which could have been disastrous if fate hadn’t intervened. Over the course of the last few months, as is usual, we had communicated with a nonprofit client on several occasions about their upcoming…

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June 30, 2017 What Does the 4th of July Mean to You?

Sweet Land of Liberty

Many of us think about hamburgers, ribs, and family time during the 4th of July holiday.  My husband and I love to enjoy our boat on the river with our two fur-baby pups. Something I really love seeing during this holiday is our American flag. Do you remember what the different aspects of our flag…

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June 23, 2017 “Say What?”

You’ve hired your professional fundraising auctioneer, you’ve procured the right live auction items and you have the right guests in the room.  You are all set, right?  Maybe not. What plan do you have for the sound in the room?  Let’s talk about what your best options are. Most venues have “house” sound systems, what…

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