May 26, 2016

At your various events this summer, remember to keep mission front and center. Occasionally when planning events, the event can take on a brand of its own. We might give our 5k a catchy name and a fun new logo, but in doing so— our mission can get lost.

Take the time to view your event experience like an outsider. Will the people who attend your golf tournament know which organization is putting on the event and how the funds raised will be used?

When your organization’s mission has a strong presence at your events, the attendees will feel a stronger connection. And that connection will lead to lifelong donors!

Best regards from the Fladeboe Team

Auction Tip

Raise Those Paddles

Many of our clients ask us whether using bidder paddles (“on a stick”) or bidder cards (no “stick”) is really necessary for the live auction. Bidders can just raise their hands, right?

It’s true raising hands can work. However, we’ve found having a bidder paddle or card really makes a difference in an auction. Practically, a bidder card is much easier for an auctioneer to see than a hand. Once an item is sold, it is very easy to record who won the item. All the auctioneer has to do is call out the bidder number and winning amount. The same applies to a fund-a-need – it’s easy to identify guests pledging at each level by calling out their bidder numbers.