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Our weekly series provides nonprofit staff, volunteers, event planners, PTOs and more 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, legal advisors, development directors and more. The series is hosted by three longtime event fundraising professionals: 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 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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