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Online Auctions: Are They Really Worth Your Time?

There was an episode of Will and Grace about online auctions. In case you don’t remember it, here is a recap:

Silent Auction Ideas Part 2: Tips on Running a Silent Auction

Last Thursday, I brainstormed some silent auction ideas to come up with 150 different items you could potentially have at your auction. Today, as

Silent Auction Ideas Part 1: 150 Items You Could Have

A lot of our customers are planning amazing auctions, and they want some good silent auction ideas to help them make their event all that it can

How to Create and Use Donor Personas

In marketing, you are always being reminded to create a buyer persona to figure out who your ultimate customer is. In the nonprofit world, you may

8 Goals You Should Be Setting Before Your Charity Event

Welcome to 2017! (I know I say that as if I have been here for a while waiting for you, but since I am on the East Coast, if you were located in

Know Your Donors: Studies Say Who Donates the Most [Infographic]

So, you plan this big charity event, and you plan everything down to the last detail.

It comes to the night of your event, and you are ecstatic:

When Should You Host Your Annual Fundraiser? [Infographic]

A common question fundraisers have to ask themselves is, "When should we host the annual gala/shindig/fundraising event?"

Don't Thank Me, Thank My Donors: List on Donor Appreciation

This is the time of year where we stop to smell the roses…and remind ourselves of all that we have for which to be thankful. I try to keep up with

How to Use Novel Writing Tips for Better Fundraising Storytelling

Once upon a time, a beautiful princess (or a handsome prince, take your pick) was planning on throwing a fantastic, successful, money-raising

What Can Political Fundraisers Teach You About Fundraising?

The election is over, and I am sure you can’t wait until you don’t have to hear about it anymore. But I’m not going to let it end quite yet.

11 Things Your Fundraising Needs [Infographic]

Fundraising. Everybody does it, but not everybody does it right. There are over 1 million nonprofits in the US alone. So with all that

14 Tricks or Treats to Make Your Fundraising Event Amazing

Planning a fundraising event can be scary. Things pop up unexpectedly. You never know what is around the corner. Voices are always in your head