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May 19, 2021

30 Silent Auction Items That Don’t Cost A Dime

Collecting silent auction items for your next fundraiser takes a lot of consideration — you need to know where to begin, fight donor fatigue, and…

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making non-profit events special again
March 13, 2019

Tips to make your fundraising event special again

A handful of tips and tricks related to special events came about in discussion, that I’d like to share. Here are my 5 tips from the NPLL Las Vegas session that sparked fruitful conversation and a little laughter.

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March 11, 2019

How to secure corporate sponsorships

Ask more poignant questions before stressing about where to find the big bucks. Get with your team, pool resources and address books, and plan ahead. It’s always a good time to look for sponsors.

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international women's day
March 8, 2019

Who run the world? Girls.

Today, we want to honor all the women who run GiveSmart and the organizations we partner with who serve girls, women, non-binary, and female identifying people every day. We are honored to be a part of helping you achieve your missions to bring equality, opportunity, healthcare, education, and confidence to women everywhere.  

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March 1, 2019

Corporate Donation Guide: Miami

The 305 is full of energy, ocean waves, palm trees, picture-perfect sunsets — and a…

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dance floor
February 27, 2019

4 Tips For A Quick & Easy Silent Auction Checkout

At the end of a successful event, it can be hard to get guests off the dance floor and over to the checkout table. Closing out auctions can be a daunting task which is why we’re here –– to help you run your most efficient auction checkout yet.  

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silent auction
February 13, 2019

How to run a successful silent auction

As a fundraiser, you’re learning how to run a successful silent auction. Just when you think you have it down, trends change, hot new items pop up, donors are seeking something different, technology evolves, and more. So, you adjust. Silent auctions are one of the most popular ways nonprofits engage guests and raise money at fundraising events.

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successful donation ask
February 12, 2019

Tips for a successful donation moment

Hosting a successful donation moment is the crux of annual fundraising for many organizations. Don’t let your fund-a-need give you nightmares; follow these key steps to make your donation moment a success for your organization’s mission!

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February 8, 2019

2019 Corporate Donation Guide: Houston

Raising money for your Houston-area nonprofit takes planning, coordination, creativity — and yes, a donation…

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silent auction
January 28, 2019

How to display silent auction items

At GiveSmart, we consider every speck of detail that’s crucial to maximize the opportunity to raise the full potential of donor dollars. It is important to not only package your silent auction items properly but also to show them off in an aesthetically pleasing way.

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January 11, 2019

10 Unique Charity Event Venues

After partnering in more than 10,000 charity events, the GiveSmart team has seen a variety…

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fundraising games
January 2, 2019

15 Games for fundraising campaigns

Looking to spice things up at your next event? Games are a great way to raise additional funds, entertain, and keep guests engaged through participation. Raffles and wine pulls are familiar, but we’ve broken down a few more to help jog new ideas.

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2018 fundraising trends
December 21, 2018

2018 fundraising trends

The way donors give is ever-changing. We got our team together to reflect and discuss fundraising trends we saw at events across the United States this year.

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What our clients say

We needed a platform to make sales online and to track and display ads for our sponsors. GiveSmart was perfect. We ended up making close to $15,000 more than we had hoped for. Definite better ROI than we anticipated. The interface is easy to use and provides plenty of options to get help if needed.

Michelle M.

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island

Using GS has created ease in auction bookkeeping, payments, and generating post-event thank you/tax letters. While we were online during COVID, our interactions with our GiveSmart via phone, email, and zoom were seamless. A representative always got back to us within the day. I would recommend GiveSmart to anyone doing a large online event.

Julie G.

MicroFinancing Partners in Africa

GiveSmart is highly flexible - you can use it for [a] simple registration and check-in, to full-scale galas with complex order forms, onsite upsells, live auctions, seating management, and more.

Jamie F.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

GiveSmart is easy to use and ideal for virtual events and can be used for in-person events to manage the silent auction, seating charts, and check-in to the event. Being able to use the platform for unlimited events within the contract year is very useful and being able to add other users and volunteers for different levels of access is helpful as well.

Dawn L.

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County