Our series provides nonprofit staff, volunteers, and event leaders with cutting-edge insights and proven best practices to improve fundraising results.
Each episode features a special guest from all sectors and backgrounds of the nonprofit industry--including charity auctioneers, attorneys, development directors, marketers, and many more--who share their unique perspectives and lessons learned.
Events With Benefits is hosted by three longtime event fundraising professionals and friends: Danny Hooper, benefit auctioneer at Danny Hooper Productions; Ian Lauth, VP of Marketing at Winspire; and Renee Zau, Co-founder & CEO of DonationMatch.
Today's special guest is A.J. Steinberg, founder of Queen Bee Fundraising and principal of Masquerade Events. With 20 years' experience in fundraising event planning, Steinberg shares her tips for managing volunteers effectively (without pulling your hair out!). In this podcast, she covers...
- The biggest pitfall event planners face (hint: it involves knowing your audience!)
- How to wield the volunteer "multiplication effect" to multiply event attendance
- Why ticket sales are higher for a first-time event than the third year - and 2 ways to beat the plateau
- The benefits of having more than one event chair, or a Senior and Junior chairperson
- The "Volunteer Matrix" of every volunteer task that needs to be done at a fundraising event
- Tips for professionally loading and displaying auction items
- ...and more!
Grab a notebook and make sure you're ready to jot down these invaluable secrets!
To get the free Start Planning Successful Events Kit, including an event planning timeline, the event volunteer matrix and more, visit
To find out more about Steinberg's event planning services, visit
Today's special guest is Ken Davenport, CEO of Mission Edge, a social enterprise dedicated to helping nonprofits with operational support services. Davenport combines entrepreneurial experience with years of observing and assisting smaller charities with growth and strategy to share fiscal insights for nonprofits in 2017.
Today's special guest is Brian Grady from online photo publishing service Picaboo, a for-profit company that sifts through countless donation requests each year. In this episode, Grady shares tips to make your request stand out from the pack and form mutually beneficial partnerships with corporate donors.
Today's guest is Gretchen Kelly, Founder of VLink, who talks about helping PTA's, PTO's, and parent organizations with website creation and communications. Gretchen also points out easily-corrected mistakes nonprofits make when managing their online presence and an easily-missed year-round fundraising opportunity on websites.
Today's special guest is Michelle Boyer, President at Charity Compliance Solutions. In this episode, learn how your nonprofit can avoid legal troubles by getting registered as a charitable organization in every state in which you solicit donations.
Today's special guest is Jeff Dowler, President at Optimal Giving. In this episode, learn how your nonprofit can put even more of your supporters' donations toward your cause by trimming credit card processing fees.
Today's special guest is Janeal Ford, President at Fordable Freelance and professional fundraising consultant. In this episode, learn how better grant writing and fundraising education can help you improve fundraising results.
Today's special guest is Melissa Merriam, Area Director at fundraising technology provider BidPal. Melissa covers how fundraising and technology work together to raise more money at charity auctions.
Today's special guest is Dan Dowling, Campaign Director with Willette-Dowling and Associates, draws from his 32 years of nonprofit experience to help others with fundraising growth and capital campaigns.
Jeff Chang, Co-founder and CEO of Cause4Auction, talks with us about why Cause4Auction was built, how it is different from other auction software, and his advice for event organizers collected from his mobile bidding clients' successes.
Today's guest is Heath Hale, one of the best Benefit Auctioneer Specialists in the country. Together with his team of Cowboys, Hale raised over $9.3 Million and exceeded 100% of his clients' goals in 2016. Today he shares his proven strategies and best practices for success.