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August 28, 2014
Enhance Your Donation Appeal
The donation appeal is a crucial time during your event to raise money for your mission. However, all too often this portion of the evening is an afterthought or isn’t given much attention, which decreases proceeds raised. Put some extra time into your auction planning...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
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August 21, 2014
The Power of the Buffet Line
Nobody likes being the last table to join the buffet line. Looking for a fun way to get your guests engaged and raise a few extra bucks? Auction off the first table to be released to the buffet line! This fundraising idea will have your guests engaged, excited, and...
Alexis Lehman
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August 14, 2014
Less is More
  Lots of clients ask what the perfect number of packages is for their auction. While we generally recommend approximately one package per two guests, there isn't a hard, fast number. The one thing I always like to reiterate is that less is more. Sure, you want to have...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
August 7, 2014
Fuel Your School Online
We've got spirit, yes we do, we've got spirit, how about you?! Does your school sell spirit wear or other school branded items? Does your school need a stronger online presence? Do you find yourself drowning in paper order forms? If you answered yes to any or all...
BidPal Team
BidPal
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July 31, 2014
Take Advantage of Texting
  The amount of texting continues to grow and have become a new means of communication. If you're anything like me, you always check your phone when you hear a new text delivered. You may think that texting during an event is a bad thing, but guess again.  With BidPal's...
BidPal Team
BidPal
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July 23, 2014
Why Host an Online Auction?
  It’s now easier than ever to host an online auction in your Giving Center with BidPal's Fundraising Suite.  You can have a standalone online auction, have a small set of items that will close online before your big event, or you can have pre-event bidding that rolls...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
August 14, 2014
Less is More
  Lots of clients ask what the perfect number of packages is for their auction. While we generally recommend approximately one package per two guests, there isn't a hard, fast number. The one thing I always like to reiterate is that less is more. Sure, you want to have...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
July 17, 2014
Wine Wall: What it is and Why You Want One
What’s red, white, sweet or dry…and can help your proceeds grow very high? You guessed it:  Wine! Are you considering new and creative ideas to incorporate into your next fundraising gala? Well, I suggest you consider good ole’ made-at-your-local-vineyard wine. More and...
Gina Geter
Client Success Team Lead
ARTICLE
July 1, 2014
Drop It Like It's Hot!
Need a new fundraising idea? Do you host an annual golf tournament fundraiser? If you answered yes to both of these questions, consider the ingenious Golf Ball Drop, which is becoming increasingly popular at charitable fundraisers. I've been lucky enough to work with...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
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May 29, 2014
How to Use Kiosks at Your Cellular Mobile Bidding Event
So you've contracted with BidPal for a cellular mobile bidding event. Congratulations! You may have concerns that a portion of your supporters don't own smartphones and won't be able to participate in your automated auction. Have no fear, kiosks are here! There are...
Sam Brandt
Event Consultant
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May 22, 2014
Why BidPal’s Table Management Tool Is My Favorite Feature
Every BidPal customer and employee has a favorite BidPal nonprofit event management software feature--the functionality that makes him or her smile from ear to ear.  It is as familiar and comforting as your favorite pajamas. Today I will WOW you with a compelling...
Kat Taylor
BidPal Consultant
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April 24, 2014
Tips for Maintaining Ideal Event Flow - Part II
Confused guests and congested lines are two things no one wants to see at your event. The good news is they can be easily avoided with just a little bit of planning and preparation during your auction planning. In Part I, I went through several tips to keep the...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
August 14, 2014
Less is More
  Lots of clients ask what the perfect number of packages is for their auction. While we generally recommend approximately one package per two guests, there isn't a hard, fast number. The one thing I always like to reiterate is that less is more. Sure, you want to have...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
August 7, 2014
Fuel Your School Online
We've got spirit, yes we do, we've got spirit, how about you?! Does your school sell spirit wear or other school branded items? Does your school need a stronger online presence? Do you find yourself drowning in paper order forms? If you answered yes to any or all...
BidPal Team
BidPal
ARTICLE
July 23, 2014
Why Host an Online Auction?
  It’s now easier than ever to host an online auction in your Giving Center with BidPal's Fundraising Suite.  You can have a standalone online auction, have a small set of items that will close online before your big event, or you can have pre-event bidding that rolls...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
July 17, 2014
Wine Wall: What it is and Why You Want One
What’s red, white, sweet or dry…and can help your proceeds grow very high? You guessed it:  Wine! Are you considering new and creative ideas to incorporate into your next fundraising gala? Well, I suggest you consider good ole’ made-at-your-local-vineyard wine. More and...
Gina Geter
Client Success Team Lead
ARTICLE
July 1, 2014
Drop It Like It's Hot!
Need a new fundraising idea? Do you host an annual golf tournament fundraiser? If you answered yes to both of these questions, consider the ingenious Golf Ball Drop, which is becoming increasingly popular at charitable fundraisers. I've been lucky enough to work with...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
May 29, 2014
How to Use Kiosks at Your Cellular Mobile Bidding Event
So you've contracted with BidPal for a cellular mobile bidding event. Congratulations! You may have concerns that a portion of your supporters don't own smartphones and won't be able to participate in your automated auction. Have no fear, kiosks are here! There are...
Sam Brandt
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
July 17, 2014
Wine Wall: What it is and Why You Want One
What’s red, white, sweet or dry…and can help your proceeds grow very high? You guessed it:  Wine! Are you considering new and creative ideas to incorporate into your next fundraising gala? Well, I suggest you consider good ole’ made-at-your-local-vineyard wine. More and...
Gina Geter
Client Success Team Lead
ARTICLE
May 29, 2014
How to Use Kiosks at Your Cellular Mobile Bidding Event
So you've contracted with BidPal for a cellular mobile bidding event. Congratulations! You may have concerns that a portion of your supporters don't own smartphones and won't be able to participate in your automated auction. Have no fear, kiosks are here! There are...
Sam Brandt
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
March 6, 2014
Timing Is Everything
If the week leading up to a fundraising event is hectic, then event day itself can be described only as a blur. To help bring your event back into focus BidPal's staff offers silent auction event consulting with every event we manage. Here are a few tips for keeping for...
Stephanie Bristow
Marketing Communications Specialist
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November 11, 2013
A Raffle Ticket that Teaches too!
BidPal clients often ask how their guests will learn to use the BidPal mobile bidding device. Guests can always visit the BidPal Help Desk to receive personal assistance, but we like to say that our system has a one-bid learning curve--as soon as someone places a bid,...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
October 11, 2013
Kick the Contact Information Card Out of Registration
How many times have you attended a gala and waited in a long registration line, inching your way to the front, only to get there and be asked to fill out a lengthy contact information card? Ugh. Wouldn’t it have been nice if the organization had collected...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
August 7, 2014
Fuel Your School Online
We've got spirit, yes we do, we've got spirit, how about you?! Does your school sell spirit wear or other school branded items? Does your school need a stronger online presence? Do you find yourself drowning in paper order forms? If you answered yes to any or all...
BidPal Team
BidPal
ARTICLE
July 23, 2014
Why Host an Online Auction?
  It’s now easier than ever to host an online auction in your Giving Center with BidPal's Fundraising Suite.  You can have a standalone online auction, have a small set of items that will close online before your big event, or you can have pre-event bidding that rolls...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
July 17, 2014
Wine Wall: What it is and Why You Want One
What’s red, white, sweet or dry…and can help your proceeds grow very high? You guessed it:  Wine! Are you considering new and creative ideas to incorporate into your next fundraising gala? Well, I suggest you consider good ole’ made-at-your-local-vineyard wine. More and...
Gina Geter
Client Success Team Lead
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
March 6, 2014
Timing Is Everything
If the week leading up to a fundraising event is hectic, then event day itself can be described only as a blur. To help bring your event back into focus BidPal's staff offers silent auction event consulting with every event we manage. Here are a few tips for keeping for...
Stephanie Bristow
Marketing Communications Specialist
ARTICLE
February 7, 2014
How Do You Use BidPal Ticket Options?
Giving Center is BidPal's online fundraising website that acts as your personalized hub for your big event. It can be used by your guests for many reasons such as: to preview silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets, and even place bids for the silent auction. As...
Sheehan Hubbard
Event Manager
ARTICLE
August 14, 2014
Less is More
  Lots of clients ask what the perfect number of packages is for their auction. While we generally recommend approximately one package per two guests, there isn't a hard, fast number. The one thing I always like to reiterate is that less is more. Sure, you want to have...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
July 23, 2014
Why Host an Online Auction?
  It’s now easier than ever to host an online auction in your Giving Center with BidPal's Fundraising Suite.  You can have a standalone online auction, have a small set of items that will close online before your big event, or you can have pre-event bidding that rolls...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
May 29, 2014
How to Use Kiosks at Your Cellular Mobile Bidding Event
So you've contracted with BidPal for a cellular mobile bidding event. Congratulations! You may have concerns that a portion of your supporters don't own smartphones and won't be able to participate in your automated auction. Have no fear, kiosks are here! There are...
Sam Brandt
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
April 24, 2014
Tips for Maintaining Ideal Event Flow - Part II
Confused guests and congested lines are two things no one wants to see at your event. The good news is they can be easily avoided with just a little bit of planning and preparation during your auction planning. In Part I, I went through several tips to keep the...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
April 17, 2014
Tips for Maintaining Ideal Event Flow - Part I
Whether your event is a seated dinner with a live auction or a cocktail party focused on mingling,every event should flow smoothly from beginning to end. Here are a few best practices to take into consideration during your auction planning to keep your next automated...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
February 20, 2014
How to Engage Your Guests in the Donation Appeal
When my clients ask when the best time to ask for donations is, my answer sometimes surprises them: before the live auction. A lot of times, organizations place their donation appeals, or "fund-a-needs," after the live auction so that guests who didn't win anything in...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
October 31, 2013
A smart idea for theater-style auctions
Will your live auction or donation appeal take place in a theater? If so, there are some special considerations that must go into your auction planning for this type of venue. One of the issues I hear most often from guests is how distracting it is when other guests get...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
October 3, 2013
Bring in More Cash with a Table Dash
Anyone with party planning experience would probably agree: feeding your guests is critical to keeping them entertained.  The same goes for fundraising galas.  Many times, guests are paying a high ticket price for a great meal, libations and good company.  And that's...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
September 12, 2013
Be Cool To Your School—How to Plan the Perfect School...
Your theme is chosen, you’ve figured out how to get creative with your auction packages, you’ve got a great need to fund for your donation appeal, and you are engaging students, teachers and staff.  Now, let’s talk about a few last details to finish off the event....
Joe Duca
Client Success Manager
ARTICLE
September 5, 2013
Be Cool To Your School—How to Plan the Perfect School...
Your students aren’t just the reason you are having your fundraiser, they can also be a part of the fundraiser itself.  Students can be volunteers at the event, entertainers for the guests, planners to help promote your cause, and worker bees to help you put everything...
Joe Duca
Client Success Manager
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
February 7, 2014
How Do You Use BidPal Ticket Options?
Giving Center is BidPal's online fundraising website that acts as your personalized hub for your big event. It can be used by your guests for many reasons such as: to preview silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets, and even place bids for the silent auction. As...
Sheehan Hubbard
Event Manager
ARTICLE
October 17, 2013
Add Fun with Fixed Price Items
Want to add something fun to your event that raises additional proceeds? Feature interesting fixed price items to your next auction. Fixed price items can easily be sold through the BidPal mobile bidding device and they’re a great way to add a memorable touch. Here are...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
September 26, 2013
Optimal Volunteers: Quantity and Quality
Some organizations worry that they won’t find enough volunteers to flawlessly staff their event. Although more volunteers is generally better than less, the quality of your volunteers is equally important. Not sure where to look for volunteers or what to look for? Here...
Stephanie Bristow
Marketing Communications Specialist
ARTICLE
September 12, 2013
Be Cool To Your School—How to Plan the Perfect School...
Your theme is chosen, you’ve figured out how to get creative with your auction packages, you’ve got a great need to fund for your donation appeal, and you are engaging students, teachers and staff.  Now, let’s talk about a few last details to finish off the event....
Joe Duca
Client Success Manager
ARTICLE
September 5, 2013
Be Cool To Your School—How to Plan the Perfect School...
Your students aren’t just the reason you are having your fundraiser, they can also be a part of the fundraiser itself.  Students can be volunteers at the event, entertainers for the guests, planners to help promote your cause, and worker bees to help you put everything...
Joe Duca
Client Success Manager