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10 Really Unique Silent Auction Package Ideas

Why would you bid a lot of money on a trip that you could book on your own for a lot cheaper? (Other than to help out a good cause?)

How to Throw a Fundraiser on a Budget

You want to throw a fundraiser for your great cause, but you aren't sure how you can afford it. Well, I've got news for you: this post contains

How to Pick a Venue for Your Charity Event

The venue you use for your charity event is important. It says a lot about you and what your event will be like. That's why you sometimes hear of

5 Best Practices for Hosting an Online Auction [Infographic]

Are you having an online auction anytime soon? Then you may want to make sure that you are following some online auction best practices. 

Spring Cleaning: 6 Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas to Start Fresh

Yesterday was the first day of spring. Spring represents starting a new. It’s the beginning again. Animals come out of hiding. You can put away

March Madness: What Basketball Teaches About Fundraising Technology

It’s March. And that means it is March Madness. And as we kick off the greatest time of the NCAA basketball year, let’s figure out how we can

Host the Oscars of Charity Events: Get Stars to Your Fundraiser

In case you haven’t seen advertisements everywhere for the last who knows how long, the Oscars are on Sunday! It’s that time when we get to see

15 Animal-Themed Fundraising Ideas

If you are planning a fundraiser for your animal shelter, then you may be trying to come up with some animal-themed fundraising ideas so that you

A Curated List of 2017 Resolutions for Fundraising and More

I am constantly reading about the nonprofit industry - it’s kind of my job. And so, every month, I’d like to share some of my favorites with all

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