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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.

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“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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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT

Charity Spotlight: Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County

Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County supports individuals who are elderly, disabled and homebound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health, and promoting independence.

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MOWHC is focused on one service, providing nutritious meals to those in the Hamilton County community who are not able to provide for themselves. One or two balanced meals, depending on the individual’s need, are delivered Monday through Friday to Hamilton County residents who are enrolled in the meal service. Meals are delivered by compassionate volunteers who provide socialization and conduct a welfare check to observe for any unusual symptoms or signs of distress that may require medical attention or notification of a family member or caregiver. Additionally, volunteers often identify other special needs that clients may have which are referred to other partner social service agencies within the Good Samaritan Network in Hamilton County.

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In 2013 alone, they assisted more than 400 people which totaled to about 54k meals. That’s a lot of meals!

Interested in knowing more or want to get involved? Visit the Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County website or give them a call at (317) 776-7159 for more information.

Enroll, Volunteer, or Donate today!

How Mobile Bidding Can Affect Your Silent Auction

How Mobile Bidding Can Affect Your Silent Auction

Are you looking to increase your revenue at your next silent auction? Maybe it’s time that you turn to mobile bidding… better yet, turn to WEDO Charity Auctions.

Our mobile bidding platform is revoluntionary in the nonprofit community. We combine innovative and reliable technology with experienced event professionals while adding excitement to your fundraising event.  Not only do we understand the nonprofit world, we know exactly how to help!

On the day of the event you can feel free to sit back & relax and watch your guests have an all-out bidding war with our interactive mobile technology. And don’t worry, while this fundraising marathon is taking place, our team will be handling your registration, bidding assistance, checkout & reporting.iphone-woman-texting

What do we know will come from this? Well, we will absolutely make fundraising events easier to manage and successful at the same time! With our intimate knowledge of how nonprofit events work allows us to empathize with our clients and come up with detailed solutions that address their particular problems.

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WEDO Charity Auctions Accepts the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is back! We had ALS themselves come on over to us for the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today and boy was it a (chilly) success! To those of you who don’t know, we are going to do a quick recap on what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is and why it’s important.

    • What is ALS? ALS which stands for, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a disease that affects both the spinal cord & nerve cells in the brain. While it does not have a cure yet, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will continue every August until a cure is found! #EveryAugustUntilACure.

When did the Ice Bucket Challenge begin? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began last summer in 2014 and became the world’s largest social media phenomenon, literally. From Facebook & Instagram videos  (insert our Instagram link) of celebrities icing one another to making a splash at your place of work, the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral.  Now, the major focus for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is continuing to have it go viral every August until a cure. That way, we can all preserve, continue to promote the cause, and hopefully have a cure found for it SOON!

How do you participate? The steps are simple:

    • 1. ACCEPT the challenge
    • 2. RECORD the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness
    • 3. UPLOAD to social media & nominate friends to participate
    • 4. GIVE a donation to support ALS

*For our video of WEDO Charity Auction’s 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge check out our Facebook! Challenge accepted! #EveryAugustUntilACure. We nominate MediaFuel, Soodity, and Business Art. You have 24 hours!

*People featured: Steve, Kristen, Lauren, Ellen & Olivia