Events with Benefits
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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.

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    Ep 28: Justin Dennis - Success With Consignment Memorabilia

    Today's special guest is Justin Dennis, Owner and President of DSC Consulting, a company that provides no-risk sports memorabilia to about 600 nonprofit events each year. In today's session, Dennis shares best practices for using sports memorabilia in charity auctions.

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    Ep 27: Claire Kerr - Promoting Events with Social Media

    Today's special guest is Claire Kerr, Director of Digital Philanthropy at FrontStream, an online fundraising platform. In this session Kerr shares tips for nonprofits of all experience levels to use social media, apps and more to promote fundraising events and results.

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    Ep 26: Michael Bleau - Managing Event Sponsorships & Vendors

    Today's special guest is Michael Bleau, Co-founder and CEO of Events Locker, an event space and sponsorship booking site. He shares different opportunities for raising money at larger-scale neighborhood events (like a fun run fundraiser) with event sponsorships.

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    Ep 25: Cameron Ripley - Google Grants for Nonprofits

    Today's special guest is Cameron Ripley, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Community Boost Consulting, a Google Grant management agency that exists to empower and accelerate social ventures.

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    Ep 24: AJ Steinberg - Event Fundraising Like a Queen Bee

    Today's special guest is A.J. Steinberg, founder of Queen Bee Fundraising and principal of Masquerade Events. With nearly 20 years' experience in fundraising event planning, Steinberg shares tangible, practical tips for coaching and managing a team of volunteers (without pulling your hair out!)

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    Ep 23: Ken Davenport - Nonprofit Strategy and Fiscal Sponsorship

    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.

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    Ep 22: Brian Grady - A Donor Company Perspective from Picaboo

    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.

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    Ep 21: Gretchen Kelly - Your Organization's Online Presence

    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.

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    Ep 20: Michelle Boyer - Charity Compliance

    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.

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    Ep 19: Jeff Dowler - Optimizing Donation Processing

    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.

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    Ep 18: Janeal Ford, Fordable Freelance - Grants

    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.

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    Ep 17: Melissa Merriam - BidPal Mobile Bidding

    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.

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    Ep 16: Dan Dowling - Capital Campaigns

    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.

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    Ep 15: Jeff Chang - Cause4Auction

    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.

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    Ep 14: Heath Hale - Wrangle More Bids For Live Auction Items

    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.

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    Ep 13: Laurie Hochman - Auctria

    Today's special guest is Laurie Hochman, Marketing Coordinator at fundraising auction software provider Auctria. As a former PTA President and Executive Board Member, Hochman shares multi-dimensional tips to boost auction revenue.

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    Ep 12: Heather Dean-Presnall - Raising $1 Million Per Year With Events

    Heather Dean-Presnall, Senior Manager of Multi Market Leadership Events at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific region, tells how she manages the largest auction in San Diego with 600 packages and attended by 650 guests, as well as creative ways she raises more at her events.

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    Ep 11: Cheryl Parker - Benefit Auctioneer

    Today's special guest is Cheryl Parker, certified benefit auctioneer specialist based in San Diego, Calif. Parker shares her unique tips and tricks for generating extra revenue at your event, plus an offer for her free event planning resource.

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    Ep 10: Nelson Jay - Are Charity Auctions Dying?

    Are charity auctions dying? Today's special guest is Nelson Jay, benefit auctioneer from Seattle, Wash. Nelson shares potential pitfalls, tips and techniques to employ in your next fundraising live and silent auction.

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    Ep 9: Carlos Leija - Donor Development

    Today's special guest is Carlos Leija, Chief Development Officer at Orangewood Children's Foundation in Santa Ana, Calif. He shares tips and first-hand experience using fundraising events to build relationships with donors, recruit volunteers, secure sponsorships and more.

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    Ep 8: Debby Roth-Bush - Mobile Bidding

    Today's special guest is Debby Roth-Bush, Relationship Manager at auction software provider Greater Giving. Roth-Bush is a certified benefit auctioneer and expert on mobile bidding technology.

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    Ep 7: Scott Robertson - Auction Timeline Tips

    Today's special guest is Scott Robertson, professional fundraising auctioneer. With over 20 years of experience, Scott offers proven techniques and invaluable insight on how to reach and exceed your Fundraising Goals by streamlining your auction timeline.

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    Ep 6: Noah McMahon - Thinking BIG

    Today's special guest is Noah McMahon, philanthropist, founder and CEO of Anonymous LLC in Laguna Hills, Calif. Noah offers invaluable tips to set ambitious goals, establish the right mindset and build relationships with donors.

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    Ep 5: Lynda M. West - Perseverance

    Today's special guest is Lynda West, a coach and mentor to nonprofits based in San Diego, Calif. She leads a mastermind program to help nonprofits brainstorm together and gain confidence to ask for what they need to achieve their goals.

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    Ep 4: Parker Pike - Partnerships

    Today's special guest is Parker Pike, former bakery owner and today full time member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Nonprofit Association. Learn the ins and outs of securing corporate partnerships for your cause.

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    Ep 3: Mary Tovella Dowling - Legal Considerations

    Today's special guest is Mary Tovella Dowling, attorney at For Purpose Law Group in San Diego, Calif. In a litigious world, Mary offers invaluable, money-saving insight on the potential legal pitfalls that can affect your fundraising event.

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    Ep 2: Holly Kennedy - Golf Tournaments

    Today's special guest is Holly Kennedy, CEO and founder of Kennedy Golf Tournament and Event Planning in San Diego, Calif. As charity golf tournaments continue trending upward, learn groundbreaking ideas, details and tips for anyone considering running a golf event.

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    Ep 1: Jim Nye - The Auction Guy

    Professional fundraising auctioneer Jim Nye works with 50+ events each year. Today he shares expert recommendations for auction timelines, selling consignment packages, the top 10 critical items he brings to events and more.

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