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Where to Start Your Opening Bids in an Auction

DonationMatch.com Every year Benefit Auctioneer Sherry Truhlar is asked by a few auction chairs, “Sherry, let’s review the opening bids on these live auction items.  Where shall we start them?” In this video and the post that follows it, she addresses why you shouldn’t care about opening bids. The [...]
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10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Donation Drive

Guest post by Nicole George, CEO & Founder of The Parent Quest Our last donation drive took us almost three months until completion. We all felt so much more pressure this time because we were going to be on LIVE TV…yikes! When rallying the troops to find donations we weren’t allowed to tell the [...]
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Introducing Free Event Help in Bite-Size Pieces

By Renee Zau, Co-founder & CEO, DonationMatch Recently a new benefit was offered to nonprofits who opt for our DonationMatch Pro Event Page upgrade–a one-on-one coaching session with an expert fundraising event planner. We introduced this largely to assist volunteers who were newer to the world of [...]
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Planning Tools Loved by Organized Auction Chairs

Guest blog post by Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions.  I thought about writing on this topic a few months ago and decided, “Nope. I need to save this topic until January.” The reason being is that January is the month that many stores — Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart, Target, Staples, The Container [...]

Nonprofit Spotlight – Scleroderma Foundation, Greater San Diego Chapter

By Juliet Davenport, Nonprofit Ambassador at DonationMatch This week we are excited to spotlight the Scleroderma Foundation, Greater San Diego Chapter! Scleroderma is a group of rare, progressive diseases that involve the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues — the fibers [...]

5 Minutes with Geraldine D’Silva, Executive Director of PAWS San Diego

By Juliet Davenport, Nonprofit Ambassador, DonationMatch For the past 20 years, PAWS San Diego has provided “essential pet services and support to low-income elderly, chronically ill and disabled individuals.”  They currently run two programs – a PetCare/VetCare program which includes, among other [...]

What Information Should You Collect Before Your Next Event – And Why?

Constant Contact has developed a simple strategy for asking the right questions, and in a blog post they explain why obtaining the right information is so valuable in planning your next event. The key to collecting the right guest information before your next event is to start with an online [...]

Using Social Media to Promote Your Event

By Juliet Davenport, Nonprofit Ambassador, DonationMatch Spring fundraising time is among us.  How are you planning to promote your event?  According to Socialable, one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal should be social media.  Because of its wide audience reach, social media can be used [...]

Three Steps to Turning New Guests into Big Bidders

[Sherry’s blog post from last year is just as worth sharing now. Here’s to your fundraising success! – Renee, Co-founder, DonationMatch] Courtesy of Sherry Truhlar,  Red Apple Auctions One of my clients held her school gala last month.  A few days prior, she asked how she could ensure that new [...]

Out of Date Donor Information Can Prove Costly

By Juliet Davenport, Nonprofit Ambassador, DonationMatch As Kim Kupferman of Heller Consulting admits in this Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) blog post, this isn’t the most exciting topic, but maintaining accurate donor data is actually quite important. How frustrating is it when we receive [...]
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