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how I planned my first fundraiser in 3 months and raised 6 figures in profit

how I planned my first fundraiser in 3 months and raised 6 figures in profit

Are you trying to plan your first fundraiser and have no idea what you’re doing? Or maybe trying to turn one around that’s currently a money pit?

Do you also have a crazy tight time schedule to pull off this miracle?

I know exactly how you feel because I’ve been in your shoes.

When I planned my first fundraiser I had not one single Blue’s clue how to go about it.

Sure, I had event planning experience, but I’d never planned an event that collected money past ticket sales so fundraising auctions were completely new to me.

How to organize your next silent auction

How to organize your next silent auction

While most of us have seen a silent auction done before or have a basic idea of what they are, silent auctions are one of those things that can be a ton of work or turn your event into a hot mess if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Sounds scary right? Now, I’m not trying to talk you out of having one. Quite the opposite, actually.

Silent auctions are a great way to build new relationships in your community and bring in some extra money for your fundraiser.

Here I’m sharing my top tips on how to organize any kind of silent auction. Whether you’re using paper tracking, credit card swiping, or auction software, here the foundational tips to creating a successful auction.

how to move past fear and explode your fundraising efforts

how to move past fear and explode your fundraising efforts

Do you ever find yourself staring at a super long call list, and struggle to get started? Maybe you tell yourself you’ll start at a certain time, or do it tomorrow.

But more things are added to your plate and before you know it, you've done a ton of work, but never got started on those donation calls.

The list is intimidating. It’s nerve wracking. Your heart beat rises and your palms get sweaty just thinking about it.

How to Get the Attention of Millennials for your Next Fundraiser

How to Get the Attention of Millennials for your Next Fundraiser

I've been hearing a lot of talk lately out in the ether that organizations and businesses all over the country are struggling with a huge problem.

The thing that seems to be flummoxing everyone is the Millennial. Specifically, how difficult it is to get them to engage in well, anything.

I've heard this for many years on the business side, but it’s also become a huge problem with nonprofits, because they don't know how to reach them. 

How to Write Sponsor Letters that Connect

How to Write Sponsor Letters that Connect

What is it about sponsorship letters that make some super engaging to potential sponsors, while others just get put (or sent) to the trash without really being read?

Why do some bring in a lot of money, while others seem to be a waste of time, and sometimes paper, creating?

Here are some quick and easy steps that you can do to make your sponsorship letters stand out.

How to move past the fear of fundraising

How to move past the fear of fundraising

A lot of people think that the hardest part of fundraising is getting the money. And yes, that takes a wholllle lotta time, patience, and effort.

But the hardest part is actually that we get in our own way. There are all these scripts and stories we tell ourselves about why we can’t do this, why that is just not us, and why it wouldn’t ever work anyway.

Basically you’ve gone and blown up your rocket ship before you even built it! With that kind of thinking, it’s a miracle we ever even bother leaving the house!

We have to work through the mess in our heads before we can even face tackling anything out in the world.