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The "Ask"

Making Your “Ask” Even Better

Many benefit galas include a segment where attendees are asked to make a donation to their cause. There are many names for this effort, i.e.- …

Live Auction Tips

What Items are Selling in the Live Auction?

Your live auction is all set, you’ve collected some great packages, and you’re counting on a successful live auction as a BIG part of your proceeds from the evening. But there’s one problem: your guests didn’t know what you were selling until the live auction started! Let’s fix that!

Communication

The One Mistake You Shouldn’t Make

What’s the one thing that is missing from nearly all organizations’ pre-event marketing? The fact that this is a fundraiser! Many groups have fun themes …

Live Auction Tips

When to Close Your Silent Auction

How many gala and event coordinators have struggled with this question? While opinions are varied on the subject, here’s my recommendation: close the silent auction …

Live Auction Tips

Your Volunteer Bidspotter Costs Too Much

What’s the difference between a ‘bid spotter’ and a ‘bid assistant’ at your annual gala? Usually, several thousand dollars. I like to think of the old adage, “I’m not rich enough to buy cheap shoes”.

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