silent auctions

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 [...]
Auction Organizer Pro Tip

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 [...]

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 [...]

Don’t Be a Beggar

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch Often I hear volunteers say they dread finding prizes for fundraising auctions. I would feel that way, too, if I thought I was asking for a handout. But I’m not, and neither are you.  Every business you approach is being offered the chance to be promoted to [...]
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Fresh Ideas for Your School Spring Fundraiser

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch If you have children, you’ve undoubted noticed that many schools have fundraisers in the Spring, now that parents and teachers have gotten settled and the Winter holidays are over. Packages from local businesses are wonderful, especially since for some [...]

Are You Ready for an Event?

6 steps to determine if a fundraising event is what your organization really needs Guest Post by Krista Berry, Owner & Principal Consultant at KB Consulting I recently had the pleasure of working with a small, energetic non-profit organization that originally contacted me to plan their first [...]

In-kind Partnerships With Nonprofits, Part I

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch A question posed in a LinkedIn group made me reflect on how many (typically small) businesses don’t know how to use cause marketing, specifically in-kind (non-cash) marketing, to their advantage.  If you have a great product or service, one experience is all [...]
Red Apple Auctions

The Savvy Behind Outrageously Profitable Fundraising Auctions is coming to San Diego!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! What better way to kick off our DonationMatch blog than to announce our  first local event!  In partnership with San Diego Association of Nonprofits, DonationMatch is honored to host Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions in beautiful San Diego on November 9th at 8:30 a.m. [...]
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