Merge the Old and New with Pen-and-Paper Auctions

The Therapeutic Riding Institute, the first equine-based therapy organization in the world, holds an auction every year to cover the costs of housing and caring for their therapy horses.   Check out the full Therapeutic Riding Institute client story for more details. While you’re there, check out our other client stories as well. The TRI relies… Read More »


Building Your Mission Into Your Event

When you incorporate your mission into your event, it helps your event stand out and connects it to your cause. Events are mainstays of the fundraising world because they bring the community together, attract new donors and volunteers, and of course, raise money. At our 2019 Thought Leadership Summit, Swaim Strategies led a presentation on… Read More »


Streamlining Event Day Check-in and Check-out

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words – which may make this live-drawn Check-in and Check-out infographic from the Thought Leadership Summit… priceless. This visual captures the essentials of streamlining your event check-in and check-out and will give you valuable tips on improving your guest experience. This is article 1 of 4… Read More »


Conservation Northwest Saved Annual Gala with Online Fundraiser

Part of our Virtual Fundraising Event and Gala series, view more articles here – Virtual Fundraising Events Dedicated to sustainable forestry and ecological resilience, Conservation Northwest usually holds its annual gala in the spring.   Check out the full Conservation Northwest Blazes New Trail with Virtual Gala client story for more details on their successful switch… Read More »


Community Action Saved Their Fundraiser by Going Digital

Part of our Virtual Fundraising Event and Gala series, view more articles here – Virtual Fundraising Events Community Action addresses the needs of people experiencing poverty in Washington County, Oregon. They were on target for holding their annual gala when the coronavirus pandemic hit and the governor issued stay-at-home orders. Undaunted, the organization switched gears… Read More »


The Hottest Items to Procure for Online Auctions

Part of our Virtual Fundraising Event and Gala series, view more articles here – Virtual Fundraising Events Online auctions have opened the door to an effective way for nonprofits to fundraise across virtual and real borders. With software tools that can both manage and process the auctions, auction item contributors and sponsors are fairly represented… Read More »


The Importance of Empathy and Staying in Touch with Your Community

Workplace empathy is a vital factor found in good leadership, especially in the area of nonprofit work. A study conducted by Businessolver found that 96% of employees say that workplace empathy is important to create a productive working environment. It’s also required to prove the responsive image all nonprofits strive to cultivate. When a nonprofit… Read More »


10 Creative Ways to Host an Online Golf Event

Part of our Virtual Fundraising Event and Gala series, view more articles here – Virtual Fundraising Events Do you want to host a virtual golf outing but aren’t sure how? We have ideas to help you make your virtual golf outing a successful fundraising event without spending a whole day on the greens. There are… Read More »


Examining Facebook’s Music Copyright Rules

Part of our Virtual Fundraising Event and Gala series, view more articles here – Virtual Fundraising Events Facebook Live is the preferred broadcasting platform many nonprofits use for their virtual fundraising galas. It’s simple to use and can easily connect you with most of your donor community. But Facebook is strict with copyright rules regarding… Read More »


8 Virtual Event Best Practices

Part of our Virtual Fundraising Event and Gala series, view more articles here – Virtual Fundraising Events Are you jumping from a live gala to an online version and not quite sure where to begin? We have put together eight virtual event ideas to get you inspired!   Live events, better engagement To make the… Read More »