gift basket - free prize for charity auction or raffle

Raffles and auctions can be great fundraisers. They depend almost entirely on what prizes and other items you get to raffle or auction though! First and foremost, the items you raffle off should be free, low cost, or donated so you make a good profit. It also has to align with your mission (or not

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fundraising thermometer

Fundraising thermometers are great donation tracking tools that work in real-time at events, on your virtual fundraising page, or internally with your fundraising team. Here is a quick guide on why they work, how and when to use them, and where to find some free sample templates.  Why Fundraising Thermometers Work They are visual.  Social

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virtual fundraising events - watching movies

There are many circumstances when getting people together to host a fundraising event simply isn’t feasible, whether it be social distancing during a pandemic or just simply geographic distance. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can bring people together in unique ways to generate excitement for your fundraising efforts! In this article, we will

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what we learned about fundraising in 2020 - rearview mirror

2020 was a tough year, but it forced us as a nonprofit fundraising community to innovate and renovate in amazing ways that will resonate long into the future. So what exactly did we learn about fundraising in 2020? These are some of the top takeaways. Takeaway 1: People are Generous in a Crisis In November,

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public school fundraisers - mask fundraiser, online auction, shoes, walkathon, discount cards

If you’ve ever been a student, teacher, or parent at one, you know that public schools are notoriously underfunded. That’s why these individuals tend to spend a lot of time on school fundraisers to supplement their limited finances.  And if you fall into one of these groups, you’re likely looking for new and exciting ways

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guide to virtual online auctions - two young women winning auction

Earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive shift in day-to-day operations for nonprofits. Organizations across the globe were forced to make the decision to indefinitely postpone their events or cancel them altogether, leaving them without sufficient funding. Luckily, there’s another option: switch to virtual fundraising!  With today’s technology, fundraising coordinators are managing the

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If you are a nonprofit professional looking for an engaging fundraiser to increase your organization’s revenue while attracting community support, consider organizing a fun run. Hosting a fun run is an excellent way to raise money for your mission and increase awareness for your organization. First things first: What is a fun run? A fun

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athletic shoe fundraiser

Nonprofits often need to be creative with their approaches to fundraising, which means finding new but proven revenue-generating strategies. Believe it or not, athletic shoes may be just the right unique twist your organization needs! Fundraising is vital for all organizations, so take a creative approach to generate any and all revenue possibilities. Ready to

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marathon girl

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time fundraising, there’s a high chance you’ve encountered the walk-a-thon fundraiser. A staple for nonprofit and educational organizations alike, these fundraisers are easy, fun, and effective. Walk-a-thons are a subset of a larger fundraising type, the event-a-thon. These fundraisers pair a physical event with digital fundraising methods to

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major fundraising campaign guide - marathon runners

Planning a major fundraising campaign, whether a capital campaign or your year-end giving campaign, can be an overwhelming process. From setting goals to thoroughly examining your current fundraising processes, planning for one of these campaigns takes time and careful consideration. And, that’s before considering what’s trending in fundraising, which could certainly affect your strategy. If

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giving tuesday logo

GivingTuesday is now the largest single day of philanthropy on the planet. Did you know though, that it only began in 2012? And that its goals include not just giving money, but also giving time and support for charity in general? What exactly is GivingTuesday? “Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and

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mobile bidding - woman bidding on mobile phone

Mobile bidding is a paperless bidding method that allows auction guests to bid directly from their phones, making giving easy and raising more revenue for your cause. But it’s more than just an easy bidding process—mobile bidding can streamline your entire event from start to finish. Mobile bidding is growing in popularity and an increasing

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