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  • This post is the first in a series designed to teach the fundamentals of email marketing for nonprofits. These posts are based on the Effective Email Engagement for Nonprofits: The definitive guide to better nonprofit email marketing. Each post focuses on an element of conducting an email marketing campaign, from crafting email to measuring recipient... Read More » The post Raise More with Engagin...

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  • This two-part series helps you maximize your revenue and create a memorable experience for your guests by approaching your gala event as if it was a pop-up retail store. This first article focuses on the silent auction. Part 2 will focus on the live auction. All of this information and more comes from our highly... Read More » The post Thinking Like a Retail Store, Part 1 — The Silent Auction appe...

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  • Before mobile bidding, if you wanted to know how much money the auction had made, everyone had to stand around waiting for the report. Sometimes you didn’t even know the auction total until the very end of the night, after all the sales had been entered manually, the fund-a-cause donations added, and the errors corrected.... Read More » The post The Auction Control Center appeared first on Greater...

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  • This information and more comes from our webinar, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Auction Profits. Auction packages are a great way to maximize your efforts and your revenue. By combining several items together, you can create a one-of-a-kind experience that will attract your guests and drive up bidding. But how do you describe... Read More » The post Auction Package Description Tips and Best Pr...

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  • Discussions about whether to use traditional promotional avenues or emerging online resources to promote your event is a hot topic among event planners with potentially high costs. Choose the wrong path and you may double your costs or even fail to reach your community along with the fundraising goals you’ve set for your event. But... Read More » The post The Pros and Cons of Traditional vs. Onlin...

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  • In the first article of this two-part series, we looked at the concept of choice overload and reviewed some of the pros and cons related to small auctions with few biddable items versus large auctions with many items. We learned that because silent auctions are inherently unique events, caution should be taken to avoid a... Read More » The post Find the Silent Auction Sweet Spot Part Two appeared ...

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  • At the top of every event planner’s mind is the prevention of unexpected emergencies during their big event. Nobody wants to be faced with having to make a last-minute decision that could affect your organization, the venue or, most importantly, your guests. Predicting when an emergency will happen may be out of our control, but... Read More » The post Event Safety can Easily be Overlooked appeare...

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  • Ask someone for advice on the number of packages needed to make a silent auction truly shine and you might receive a response like, “as many as you can get.” When planning a benefit, we generally don’t spend time worrying about procuring too much; if anything, we worry about not having enough. But dig a... Read More » The post Finding the Silent Auction Sweet Spot appeared first on Greater Giving ...

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  • They say people form an impression in the first five seconds, and leave with an impression that, once set, is not easily changed. That’s exactly why the presentation and functioning at check-in and check-out is vitally important if you want to leave a positive and lasting impression on your event’s guests. The big question is;... Read More » The post Top 5 Tips on Check-In and Check-Out appeared f...

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  • The time is always right to implement new ideas into your fundraising approach. Whether you find yourself at the end of a quarter or a fiscal year, consider each milestone a chance to create new habits that improve outcomes in your fundraising programs. Then, consider how you can apply these same principles in your personal... Read More » The post 3 Fundraising Habits for Bigger Results and Better...

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  • Each year our Greater Giving team travels to numerous conferences, seminars and trade shows all over the country. In fact, last year we participated in or organized 43 different events! You can always check out where we’re going next, or where we’ve been on our Event Calendar. As a nonprofit professional or professional fundraiser, what... Read More » The post Benefits of Attending Nonprofit Indus...

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  • If you haven’t used a leaderboard before, now is the time to try one out. We’ve talked on the blog before about how useful they are to driving fundraising in live auctions and appeals. But running a leaderboard (or a few leaderboards) at your event can do even more. Promote engagement with your silent auction... Read More » The post 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Leaderboard appeared first on Greater ...

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  • People say there’s no better teacher than experience, but the lesson can’t fully be understood without first putting the story into context. Reports contain a wealth of valuable information but understanding the big picture is the job of a comprehensive after-event case study. The self-examination a case study provides helps identify the subtler trends, queues... Read More » The post How to Craft ...

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  • A busted pipe, inclement weather, or maybe a rerouted highway due to road construction; there is always the chance an unfortunate event may suddenly present itself with only moments to go before your big event’s kick-off. Unpredictable and frustrating surprises can set the tone of the evening even before your guests step onto the property.... Read More » The post How to Handle Breaking News on Eve...

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  • At Greater Giving, our employees are passionate about helping nonprofits and schools be more successful at fundraising for their cause. And they also take this passion outside the office, by volunteering their personal time throughout the year. Every winter our entire company teams up with different nonprofits in the community to lend a helping hand. This year we asked team members to describe wh...

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  • Are there generational differences in fundraising? And if so, what are there different ways to reach out to each generation? Discussing the opportunities to engage with younger generations, the older generation, and the generation in the middle of it all in a way that makes sense to them. This session was originally presented by Darron Meares... Read More » The post Generational Differences in Fun...

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  • Fundraising “thermometers” have long been a staple of fundraising because they get people excited about achieving the goal. We love Once upon a time, we scribbled the latest progress with marker on a foam board. But now, we have a lot more flexibility with on-screen displays—often known as “leaderboards”—on websites, and even at live benefits.... Read More » The post Visual Appeals Drive More and ...

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  • The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has made sweeping changes to the tax code, resulting in significant implications for nonprofits. Signed into law on December 22, 2017, this Act is composed of over 1000 pages. To make things easier for your organization, we’ve summarized some key points that pertain to nonprofits. This is by... Read More » The post New Tax Law: Answers to Your Questions appeared first...

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  • Are you a little anxious about adding mobile bidding to your fundraising event? Worried your guests won’t like it? Confused by all the options out there? Listen in as our partner Renee Jones helps you make sense of how mobile bidding can help you and when to use it (or not). This session was originally... Read More » The post Get a Grip on Mobile Bidding (Video and Transcript) appeared first on Gr...

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  • Event organizers are masters of producing fun and exciting charitable events, but the task of making each one unique can be challenging.   Covenant House Michigan has solved this dilemma by relying on a central theme that offers a memorable evening of entertainment year after year. Each year, Covenant House’s event organizers produce a Broadway... Read More » The post The Making of a Unique Event ...

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  • After several years of producing great events, there comes a time when the same plan that paid off big in the past may cross into redundancy and become stale. If your guests already know what to expect from the night’s program it makes it challenging to deliver the impact you had hoped for. In the... Read More » The post Signs That Your Event Needs an Update appeared first on Greater Giving Blog.

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  • It doesn’t matter whether your event is a large annual gala or an intimate occasion for VIP donors, you want it to be an affair to remember. In all cases, getting the most bang out for your buck can mean scaling back on a few of your plans. One of the easiest places to do... Read More » The post Booking Great Entertainment Without Sinking Your Budget appeared first on Greater Giving Blog.

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  • It can be stressful when the clock is winding down to your biggest event of the year and you feel like the décor hasn’t got the “wow” factor you expected. Everything’s in place and ready for your guests, but when they walk through the door will they be transported into an unforgettable event experience? When... Read More » The post Easy Crafter Hacks for Event Decor appeared first on Greater Givin...

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  • In recent blog posts we’ve explored Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how our current business climate presents unique opportunities for nonprofits. Now it’s time prepare to craft your approach to potential corporate sponsors and underwriting opportunities and make the Ask. Just to review, here’s what we’ve covered: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Have To Do... Read More » The po...

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  • It’s a new year, with new challenges and opportunities to increase fundraising goals and create memorable events. Turn a fresh eye towards event planning with these eighteen fundraising themes for 2018. Go on a Treasure Hunt Treasure hunts are always popular with people of all ages, because they’re exciting and interactive. Map out a fun... Read More » The post 18 New Fundraising Ideas for 2018 ap...

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  • Our Greater Giving team came together last week for Global Payments 3rd Annual Worldwide Day of Service. Our employees donated over 600 items to Raphael House of Portland and raised money for 6 different organizations! Way to go team! #GreaterGiving #DayofService2017 #CultureInAction

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