Looking back on 2015 | 2k16 is Here

Besides binge drinking peppermint lattes and building gingerbread houses galore, with 2016 here in a flash, we have been reminiscing over the great success and relationships we have built in 2015.  Throughout the year, we are excited to say that we have doubled the size of WEDO Charity Auctions and grown in 16 new states around the country. Can you say “success!”?

As we toast to 2015 and ring in the new year, we look to the future success of WEDO Charity Auctions and mobile bidding. We want to personally thank each and every organization for your business and partnership. We look forward to many more wonerful years of exctiement and success.

Cheers!

 

New Years Resolutions; Nonprofit Style

Pop the champagne and write down your reso’s. 2015 is coming to a close, which means it’s a great time for your nonprofit to re-evaluate your year and start planning some goals for 2k16.

Every business (nonprofit or not) needs resolutions, so don’t feel silly for doing so. You’ll be ahead of the curve. Of course, being realistic about those goals is important too. It’s wonderful to aim high, but don’t aim TOO high where you know you will not be able to accomplish anything, but rather, set goals that are more obtainable for your organization.

  1. Bring on a new board member. Looking for a fresh face? Post a job listing and search the web for that perfect-someone. Word of mouth is also a great way to add potential staff to help your cause. Spread the word and see if anyone’s son or daughter is looking to get their foot in the door with the nonprofit industry. Don’t be afraid to use your resourcse! There are plenty of ways to find individuals to be a part of your organization.
  2. Revamp your website. Tired of the same old layout on your website? Time for a clean-up! Take the time to completely redo your website to make it looking more fresh & fun for the new year. You’d be surprised with how much a font or color change can make a difference by appealing to new eyes. A little change goes a long way.
  3. Thank your sponsors and volunteers. Go out of your way to personally thank all volunteers and sponsors within your organization. People want to know that they are doing a good job, they want the attention of a “thank you”. If it’s not a face-to-face communication, then a heartfelt, hand-written note is personable as well.
  4. Stay connected. A lot can happen in a year and it’s easy to forget about a certain achievement or situation. Be sure to stay connected to everyone involved in your organization; from your clients to your cleaning crew. No one gets left behind.
  5. Make a personal goal. Lastly, make a checklist of personal resolutions for yourself. Whether it’s learning more about other organizations or going to more networking events; whatever the case may be, in turn, this will help you grow with yourself and in your nonprofit field.

There is change coming! Get ready for a clean slate and new beginnings. Cheers to mobile bidding!

The Science of Giving

On December 9th at 730pm, why will you give?

There are many benefits that reap the rewards of giving. Whether you’re giving a little or a lot, and whether you’re giving your time or money, the outcome will always be beneficial. As a proud sponsor of the All Indiana program, we will be promoting the day to help give back to our Indiana nonprofit community.

Giving back to your community especially should be a major goal of yours. To help give where you live can enhance your sense of well-being. On December 9th & 10th, give back and help the Indy community. Be All Indiana. Be ALL IN.

Take the lead. Make an impact. Strengthen your community. #ALLIN24

Know Your Donors; Increase Your Contributions

Know your Donors; Increase your Contributions 

The economy has been in a downward spiral for quite some time now. Do you think nonprofits should use this in order to persuade people to contribute to their cause? According to a study in 2014, using the downfall of the economy as a way to have donors give back to your cause is not the smartest idea. Luckily, the 2014 study was able to gather data on over 15k people about why specifically they decided to make a contributions to a certain charity. From the information gathered, only 1 in 4 of the people admitted that they were unable to donate their money because of the economy.

Nonprofits want to increase their contributions to their organizations and to do this successfully while capitalizing on knowing your donors, follow the steps:

1) Realize that all donors are different

Don’t put all your donors in a box. Most people do not like to be treated like they are in a category with everyone else. Donors want to be treated like they are special, because they are! After all, they are the ones considering giving an organization time, effort & money to your charity.

If your organization knows what makes them want to give, then they can effectively market to those specific donors. Effective marketing both saves an organization money and increases the contributions that come in. By not appropriately marketing to the correct donor type, it will cause a nonprofit to miss out on key opportunities.

2) Donors: Older vs younger generation

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Older donors for example, 65+, are more likely to give to well-known and established cause. These donors are also more likely to give to a cause BECAUSE OF the failing economy. Th older generation will give when they are clearly shown where their money is going, how the money will be used to accomplish its mission, and if they feel that specific organization is in the process of reaching its goals.

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On the other hand, the younger generation is more likely to give to new causes. This group of people is less focused on where the money is being donated and is more interested in being a part of a community of givers. If these donors can team up with other donors that support their reasons for giving to a certain cause then they are more likely to donate.

Source: https://philanthropy.com/article/Many-Donors-Would-Give-More-if/156463

How To Promote Your Next Fundraising Event

Ok. You decided that you are going to put together a fundraising event but now you have to make it happen! There are so many different stages of planning that need to be completed in order to have a successful fundraiser. From the location (we’ll get to that next week), the food & beverage, how to entice people, etc. If you’re new to event planning (or even if you’re not) it can be overwhelming trying to put it all together all while raising awarenes so people will actually come to the event. Well, not to worry. We have narrowed down the top 5 ways to promote your fundraising event to make sure you have a full house!

  1. Social Media: It’s no secret that social media is taking over the internet in strides. If you don’t already have a Facebook page for your Cause/Organization, then making one would be a good idea. Posting on your Facebook with daily reminders about your fundraiser will get people talking.
  2. Print Advertising: It’s time to get some coverage! Send out some key information about your fundraiser that you want to get out ot the public to your local newspapers and magazines. Think outside of the box on how to cover every important detail of your event.
  3. Flyers: If your fundraiser is not invite-only then flyers could be very beneficial to spread the word. It may be 2015, but print advertising is still in style. Post your flyers in popular destinations throughout the area.
  4. Powerful Partnerships: The more connections you make in your efforts to promote your event, the more success you will have with expanding your audience. If you have speakers coming to your event, make sure to let people know! Think locally when finding a partnership.
  5. Photography/Video: A photograph says a million words. Well, if that’s true then a video says a billion! Spread the word about your fundraiser by means of photos and professional videos posted on the web. Photographs can be used to document important details about your event. Photos and videos can be a very useful tool if done correctly. 

Why You Should Support Nonprofits

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Support Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are everywhere. Almost any charity or cause that you support will have a nonprofit organization linked to it. On top of that, after you support your nonprofit organization by donating, you will feel so good about yourself. Like Dave Matthews said, “when you give, you being to live. You get the world.”

Also, if you’re thinking, “Hey! I work hard for my money, why should I give it away now?!” Well, a little goes a long way! Money is not the only resource that keeps a nonprofit running its operation, because just like every mission, it has to be accomplished through hard work and dedication. One of the biggest reasons that nonprofit organizations even exist is to serve a distinct purpose and achieve a goal for others, not always to make a profit.

The top three places that people turn to when they are in need are to their family, the government and to nonprofits. Without the generous contributions to nonprofit organizations, many products and services that go to a large amount of people in need would unfortunately not be available to them.

If you took anything from this blog post today, know that by donating to nonprofits you are:

1. Supporting your local charity or any cause that you support

2. Having a good feeling and sending out positive vibes because you are giving back

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Indy WNBA Gets Involved With Nonprofit

Indianapolis WNBA Gets Involved With Nonprofit

Tamika Catchings, the star of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, created the Catch the Stars Foundation in 2004. This foundation empowers the youth to achieve their dreams by incorporating goal-setting programs which promote literacy, fitness, and youth development. Tamika & the Catch the Stars Foundation just recently had their 10th Annual Back to School Celebration this past July and it was a huge success.

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During the Back to School Celebration event, over 500 local youth in Indiana are able to receive backpacks, school supplies, and a fun community fair to participate in. Since most of the children at the event are unfortunately not able to afford the items, such an event is invaluable. Without the help of Tamkia and the Catch the Stars Foundation as well as all the donations, these 500+ kids coming to the event would have much less in their hands today.

Social Media in the Nonprofit Industry

Nonprofit organizations have simply embraced technology and social media. Creativity is key. It’s especially important for nonprofits to get creative on their social sites because there is so much competition within the social media world. Social media will contiue to have grand impacts with the nonprofit industry and should be levereged and utilitzed as a top priority.

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DID YOU KNOW?

59% of people donate after becoming a follower of a nonprofits social netowork.

DID YOU KNOW?

48% of people donated to an organization because of they read a story via social media.

DID YOU KNOW?

49% of nonprofit supporters on social media wanted to do more after seeing a photo.

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WEDO Charity Auctions | Indianapolis Award

We are extremely happy and proud to announce that WEDO Charity Auctions has been selected as the 2015 Best Business of Indianapolis in the category of Auction Houses.

2015 Best Business of Indianapolis | Auction Houses
“The Indianapolis Best Businesses Program is an annual program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Indianapolis area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Indianapolis area a great place to live, work and play.” 

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Silent Auction Gift Basket Ideas

Tired of the same old basket ideas at events? A creative gift basket can make all the difference to guests! All you have to do is pick a theme, fill with new and exciting items, & place in a basket (or something clever that goes with the theme such as fish bowl, movie theater popcorn bucket). Make it appealing to the eye so passerbys will be more liley to stop & take a look.

Here are some innovative themes and suggested items for your next silent auction courtesty of WEDO Charity Auctions
  1. Baby Love: Diaper bag, baby blanket, burp cloth
  2. Golf Envy: Tees, Golf Certificate to nearby popular course, cigar, cigar cutter, glove, ball wash cloth, hat, golf balls
  3. Grill Master: Mitts, spachula, BBQ sauce, charcoal, cookbook, apron
  4. Family Film Night: Popcorn, 3 new DVDs, movie theater candy, soft throw blanket
  5. Pink Pamper: Robe, nail polish, champagne, candles, bubble bath, aloofa, massage gift card, brush
  6. The Green Garden: Bouqet of flowers, watering can, flower seeds
  7. Spice up your Life: Cooking book, spice rack with assorted spices
  8. Team Spirit: Local team clothing (sweatshirt, t-shirt, hat), tickets to an upcoming game, water bottle, lanyard,
  9. No Whining: Wine & Cheese plater, assortment of cheese, two bottles of wine, wine glasses, coasters, cheese knife, cork screw, napkins, loaf of bread, cutting board
  10. Outdoor Adventure: Picnic basket, picnic blanket, frisbee, sunglasses, cooler

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