Raise More by Hiring an Auctioneer

You’ve put quite a bit of effort into planning your fundraising event. You’ve spent a lot of money, too. You may be wondering whether it’s worth it to spend those last remaining dollars from your event budget on an auctioneer. After all, you do have an emcee, so why can’t he or she lead the… Read More »



What Kills a Strategic Fundraising Plan?

The perfect fundraising strategy. It’s something that administrators spend months working on until all the right details are in place with the activities, dates, campaign objectives, communication schedules, tactics, and donor-tracking information ready to turn ideas into action. They are the plans you’ll use to get you, step-by-step, to your ultimate fundraising goals. If effective,… Read More »


Use Your Annual Event to Create Long-Term Connections

A well-attended, profitable fundraising event takes time to build—sometimes years go by before it generates a significant portion of an organization’s income. A long-term donor relationship also takes time to develop. Someone who gives to the organization regularly, who anticipates every fundraising event with excitement and loves to get involved is a donor who’s been… Read More »


The Good News and Bad News About Segmenting Donors

Segmenting donors into specific categories is a common practice used by nonprofits as a way to organize, strategize, and economize their funding campaigns. It assists in targeting those specific groups that are most likely to respond to the message they want to deliver. It’s a good strategy if executed correctly, but there is a downside… Read More »


Items That Sell Well at School Auctions

Winding down our series of posts based on the “Best Practices for School Auctions” whitepaper from the Greater Giving Fundraising Excellence Series. Each new post covers the unique challenges school auction planners face, and how to overcome those challenges. Read additional articles: School Auctions Series. Looking for ideas for your next school auction? You want to procure items… Read More »


Start Selling Tickets NOW to Secure Big Donors

This is the fifth post in a series about holding your first fundraising event on a short timeline. While Greater Giving usually recommends our nonprofits start planning at least nine months ahead of time, that’s not always possible—so we created The Definitive Guide to Successfully Running Your First Fundraising Auction to help you prioritize your time and resources on… Read More »


Engaging Parents in Procurement

This post is the tenth in a series of posts based on the “Best Practices for School Auctions” whitepaper  from the Greater Giving Fundraising Excellence Series. Each new post covers the unique challenges school auction planners face, and how to overcome those challenges. Read additional articles: School Auctions Series. Putting on an auction is a huge job… Read More »


Donor Letter Best Practices: What to Do, and What Not to Do, in a Thank You Letter

There’s nothing like a show of gratitude to cement the beginning of a beautiful relationship. A genuine, honest recognition given to someone who has gone out of their way to help boost others up. In nonprofit work, extending a sincere message of gratitude is not only a nice gesture; it’s a required step in securing… Read More »


Design Auction Packages With Intention, and Sell for More!

This is the fourth post in a series about holding your first fundraising event on a short timeline. While Greater Giving usually recommends our nonprofits start planning at least nine months ahead of time, that’s not always possible—so we created the The Definitive Guide to Successfully Running Your First Fundraising Auction to help you prioritize your time… Read More »