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 »


Procurement Tips for Planning and Execution

This post is the ninth 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. Gathering items for your school auction or any… Read More »


How To Set a Procurement Timeline for Your School Auction

This post is the eighth 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. A school auction is a big endeavor with… Read More »



Avoiding That Non-Profit Volunteer Burnout

This post is the seventh 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 Volunteers are not paid and not required to… Read More »


Test-giving: What it Says About Your Donor, What it Says About Your Nonprofit

Test-giving, or under-giving, is a common activity for new donors. First-time donors contribute a small amount, maybe towards a specific project or at an event, then wait to see what response they receive before deciding to contribute again. It’s an effective tactic used by skeptics to learn more about the nonprofit, but it also provides… Read More »


Common Non-profit Board Responsibilities

What is the role of the nonprofit board? What exactly are the non-profit board’s responsibilities? How does the board contribute to a nonprofit’s success? Nonprofits play a valuable role in society, tackling issues not normally addressed by business or government. As such, the public puts a tremendous amount of trust in nonprofit organizations: donating funds… Read More »