Author Archives: Miranda Hansen

Case Study: Portland Public Schools Foundation

Last year Portland Public Schools parents raised over 3 million dollars through fundraisers. Considering these are dollars raised by numerous volunteer hours and unquantifiable energy costs, that number is staggering. Fortunately, these schools (44 of them) have the support of the Portland Public Schools Foundation (PPSF) under the nonprofit umbrella of All Hands Raised. In

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Guest Post: Raising Friends and Funds

How do you turn auction event guests into long term donors? Rose Backs, a benefit auctioneer serving Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington, has some food for thought. —— One of the questions I hear over and over again is “Why isn’t my event growing?” I believe there are typically a multitude of answers but for

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Are You Game?

Games are a wonderful way to generate energy, excitement and laughter at an auction. You’ve probably heard of Heads or Tails. Are you familiar with Chicken Bingo? Here are a few more suggestions from the Greater Giving blog. Are there any others you would add? Jewelry Box Game Get a local jewelry store to donate a

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Case Study: Eastern Washington University

The second edition of our blog series Case Study comes from way out east in the great state of Washington. Laurel Hosmer, Assistant Athletic Director of Revenue and Development, and her development team at Eastern Washington University not only organized an online auction in less than 48 hours(!) they almost doubled their gross revenue from the

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Auction Theme Inspiration

Throwing a party (i.e. fundraising auction) can be a love-hate kind of commitment. One thing that is likely to be fun for most is choosing and planning a theme. This is where you can really get the creative juices flowing. There are so many to choose from, but often an auction theme can and will be

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Giving Thanks to Your Donors

This week, as everyone gives thanks for good food or family or a break from the grind, we wanted to share a couple of thoughts on the Thank You process for your auction. It’s an important piece, if not THE most important piece, of an auction that requires some attention and care. Because there are so

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Case Study: Lakeridge Jr. High

Welcome to our newest blog series, Case Study, where we highlight fundraising auctions throughout the country, sharing their experience with our software as well as some insider tips and tricks for auction success. The first in this series highlights a first time fundraising event at a junior high, which was previously included in their feeder

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