Consider the Guest Experience at your Annual Fundraiser

Each year, the vow to impress your guests at the annual fundraiser challenges event planners to look at new and inventive ways to meet their expectations and acquire more funding than ever before. We tend to concentrate our attention on tangible items to make the event more special—exciting prizes, unique venues, memorable food and drinks—but… Read More »


The 5 Most Anticipated Silent Auction Package Themes

Silent auctions are oftentimes the most anticipated event on a fundraiser’s event schedule. You want to engage all your participants in the silent auction and sometimes that means presenting a broad range of prizes and thinking outside the box. Each year, the challenge to impress donors challenges event planners to find the latest, greatest items… Read More »


10 Themes, 100 Ideas: The Ultimate Gift Package Wish List

Tempting event guests with exciting silent auction gift packages is a great way to keep them engaged and thrilled to add to your fundraising goals. The mysterious collection of items and experiences contained inside the package creates a level of buzz that will make your annual silent auction a must-attend event for donors and their… Read More »



Constructing the Perfect Silent Auction Package

With the variety of valuable prizes contained in gift baskets, these silent auction items have become a much-anticipated item at charity events. They can range from $50 to $1000 and offer sampling of products, experiences, and services that all fall under one enticing area of interest, making them a tempting purchase for donors. For event… Read More »


Fund-A-Need: How to Choose the Right Need to Fund

In this first of a series of articles, we’ll explore how to create a compelling Fund-A-Need that connects with your audience and inspires them to give. The Fund-A-Need is a valuable tool for any organization. It can raise funds for anything from classes to a whole new building in a very short time. Essentially, you… Read More »


Jumpstart Lasting Donor Relationships at Your Annual Event

A well-attended, profitable fundraising event takes time to build—most organizations find it takes years for it to generate a significant portion of their income. It requires a great investment at the outset and careful maintenance along the way to keep the momentum going. And the wheels of profitable events only churn because of the enduring… Read More »


3 Rules for an Inviting and Efficient Check-In

Experts tell us that impressions are made within the first thirty seconds to two minutes of a new experience. This natural instinct all of us share makes check-in a key element to the success of a fundraising event. Creating a great first impression tests your understanding of what your guests expect the moment they walk… Read More »


The Efficiency and Security Benefits Found in Event Management Software

Event planners typically name efficiency and security as the top features they require when deciding whether or not to include a software program in their event management toolbox. With the goal of attendee satisfaction at top of mind, splurging on an event management software program may seem like an unnecessary luxury that benefits only the… Read More »


The Burk Donor Survey: How Donors Manage Philanthropy in Changing Times

Greater Giving recently sat down with renowned author and researcher Penelope Burk to ask her about changing trends in philanthropy. Burk is President of Chicago-based Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., a firm that specializes in conducting research with donors regarding what they need from the nonprofits they support. Burk definitely knows of what she speaks. She… Read More »