January 22, 2016

Happy New Year!

You can take a deep breath now. You've made sure all your donors have received sincere and stellar thank-you’s, and now it’s time to move on to the new year.

Look at your fundraising plan. Share a copy with your fundraising team (and perhaps board members) and have everyone take time to review it. Then gather together and polish it up: Do all areas reflect your mission? What parts worked well last year and what did not? Is there anything you would like to add to it for next year? This is the perfect time to create a well-thought-out plan for the coming year.

If you don’t have an official fundraising plan, consider creating one! Think about events, direct mail, major gifts, email/online fundraising, grants, and even marketing and communications. Don’t let the daunting details keep you from the task...start simple and flesh out your plan as the year goes on. This is a great tool to keep everyone on task and to compare fundraising results from year to year.

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.