How-To Create a Successful Auction for your next Fundraising Event

  With the spring gala-season officially upon the philanthropic community, I wanted to share how to create a successful auction. I think the number one reason for success might surprise you.   Typically, fundraising events raise the bulk of the money in two ways: Sponsorships: sold pre-event Auction: silent/live at the event   The biggest… More How-To Create a Successful Auction for your next Fundraising Event

Cultivation & Cocktails

  Raise a glass to creating a fun and social atmosphere in order to introduce potential donors to your nonprofit. Check out a great article by Stay Classy on the 8 Ways to Host the Ultimate Donor Appreciation Event and how to host a successful donor cultivation reception. Cheers!

Preparing Your Board for BIG Fundraising

12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium Exceptional Governance Days I am thrilled to be speaking at the USD Governance Symposium on Friday, January 8, 2016. My presentation topic is: “Preparing Your Board for BIG Fundraising” . Let’s face it: most board members don’t like asking for money. Who can blame them? It is an uncomfortable thing… More Preparing Your Board for BIG Fundraising

Three Pillars of a Great Donation Page

As you prepare for your year-end giving campaign, make sure that your donation web page is set up for successfully receiving donations. Check out Stay Classy’s suggestions:  Simplicity Priority #1. Make sure people will get through your donation page! Priority #2. Limit external navigation! Branding Carrying over your branding, messaging and imagery to the donation page… More Three Pillars of a Great Donation Page