Events with Benefits®
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A podcast designed to help nonprofit organizations raise more money and achieve greater success at their fundraising events with less effort.

Guests from all different sectors of the nonprofit industry--including charity auctioneers, attorneys, development directors, marketers, and many more--share their unique perspectives and biggest 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

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    Ep 58: Lynn Page - National Director of Signature Events for JDRF

    Today's special guest is Lynn Page, National Director of Signature Events at JDRF. In this special session, Page draws upon expertise in fundraising events, board development, volunteer recruitment and management, strategic planning, and metrics and training to share proven fundraising gala best practices.

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    Ep 56: Guy Mersereau - A Corporate and Personal Philanthropist

    Today's special guest is Guy Mersereau, Senior Vice President at Vallen Canada and Vallen Distribution Inc. (US). In this session, Mersereau shares how he runs a one million dollar golf tournament annually, engages his staff with philanthropy, and how nonprofits can access money raised through corporate golf tournaments.

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    Ep 55: Dean Crownover - The Art & Skill of a High Dollar Direct Appeal

    Today's special guest is Dean Crownover, a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist based in Atlanta. In this episode, Dean draws from more than 20 years of experience to share practical tips for more lucrative fundraising events, particularly in the direct appeal, a.k.a. Fund-a-Need.

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    Ep 53: Nick Arquette - Building a 1,300 Person Event From Scratch

    Today's special guest is Nick Arquette, Founder & CEO of Walk With Sally, a nonprofit supporting children experiencing trauma through a family member's cancer journey. Learn their time-tested fundraising techniques that power this critical mission year round.

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    Ep 52: Laurene Mitchell - 53 Years of Fundraising

    Today's special guest is Laurene Mitchell, a veteran fund developer for Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. In this episode she shares diverse fundraising tips to generate more money by producing unique, fresh events.

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    Ep 51: Stephen Kilbreath - Fundraising Auction Timelines

    Today's special guest is Stephen Kilbreath, professional Benefit Auctioneer Specialist based in Seattle, Washington. Kilbreath draws on 25 years' experience in charity fundraising to share practical tips and cutting-edge ideas to get the most out of your event.

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    Ep 50: Brad Mastaler - 25-Year Legacy Events

    Today's special guest is Brad Mastaler, Past President and active member of the Spruce Grove Rotary Club in Alberta, Canada. Mastaler shares insights from 25 years of involvement with the Rotary Club's Annual Lobster Fest.

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    Ep 49: Dianne Young - Nonprofit Strategy

    Today's special guest is Dianne Young, Founder of YoungTeamLtd and a strategist and visionary in the nonprofit space. In this session, Young shares tips and personal stories from decades of fundraising experience.

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