A great event takes careful, thoughtful planning – especially when it comes to the details. Here are a couple of our favorite resources for products, services and information.


Greater Giving™ is dedicated to providing technology solutions to the nonprofit community in order to improve their fundraising efforts. Greater Giving offers a complete event fundraising solution that includes event management software, an online registration and donation service, and on-site payment processing the day of the event.  www.greatergiving.com


Based in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Kiefer Auction Supply can provide custom and stock bidder cards, bidder paddles and raffle tickets. www.kieferauctionsupply.com.


A great resource for current news about the nonprofit climate in Minnesota, workshops and seminars on starting and managing a nonprofit and networking with other nonprofits. www.mncn.org


For more information on the auction industry, visit the National Auctioneers Association: www.auctioneers.org

Articles of Interest

2016 Giving USA Annual Report is in. This report is the most comprehensive report on giving trends and philanthropy in the United States.  Although giving continues to grow, nonprofit leader Marc Pitman highlights a few things to keep in perspective.

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project 2016 Report, brought to you by The Association of Fundraising Professionals, is now in. View the entire report here.

Here is an in-depth look at communication trends for the upcoming year. The 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trend Report is published by Kivi Leroux Miller at NonprofitMarketingGuide.com.

FREE Donor Stewardship School Class presented by Shanon Doolittle and Vanessa Chase, co-founders of Stewardship School. This 71-minute presentation outlines 5 steps to stewarding your donors throughout the year. 

A great article by Northwest Benefit Auctions, Inc., and Maestrosoft, Inc.  The Top Ten Pitfalls of Live Auction Planning. It explains common problems and how to avoid them to ensure a successful live auction.

Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com's 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report is here! In its fifth annual edition, learn about the latest trends, challenges and outlook for nonprofit communications in the coming year. 

This report, Donor Retention: What Do We Know and What Can We Do About It, by Adrian Sargeant discusses key drivers of donor loyalty from both a fundraising and a marketing perspective and what nonprofits can do with this research.

Research and consulting firm Root Cause has released a new report that elucidates the motivation behind donors' decision-making process and what nonprofits can do with this information. Read the full report here.

The Network for Good Digital Giving Index provides a timely snapshot of the state of charitable giving.

Wonderful report with actionable strategies on donor acquisition and stewardship by Rick Christ, Vice President of Amergent. Donor Stewardship: Making Virtual Friends for Life.

Money For Good II  in-depth report by Hope Consulting builds on the original Money for Good to further understand donors' charitable motivations and behaviors.

The Online Giving Study by Network for Good and TrueSense Marketing concludes “relationships” play just as much of a role in online giving as they do with other forms of fund raising.

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