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2014 Ultimate Donation List

10 years 2 months ago #165745 by donationmatch
I'm the founder of DonationMatch, and appreciate all feedback, although I'm sorry that not everyone gets their requests approved by our member companies. We love that we can make the procurement process easier with a common application for multiple donors, but have no control over what items you see (companies determine that by a variety of factors, including city, event type, ticket price) or whether requests are approved or not. I hope this helps with understanding the platform.

Being free to schools and nonprofits means we rely heavily on people referring companies to us to grow. Thanks for your patience, and I'm always open to suggestions. Thanks!

Renee Zau
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10 years 2 months ago #165742 by mateosmom
If you got CVS gift cards, how did you get them? Thanks :)
Zoo Books gave me a one year subscription.
Lumosity (1year)
American Doll (1 doll)
Had very little luck with donationmatch.com
10 years 2 months ago #165741 by PTAMom
Replied by PTAMom on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
MkeMom- what is a walk around raffle?

Your event sounds like a HUGE hit!
10 years 2 months ago #165720 by MkeMom
The final numbers are in from our March event and they are great. Thanks to the great ideas on this site, we increased our profits by 25% this year, with a total profit of $25,000 for our school! This is the first year that any of us on the committee so we learned a lot of things that will come in handy next year, and our goal is to grow it by another 50%. Our auction ran over 4 hours. It is easy to fill that time frame and keep people engaged. We had several walk around raffles that brought in serious cash (about $2000) that weren't really planned until a couple of weeks prior. The facility we held the event at donated a nice variety of meat for a meat raffle at the last minute which raised over $1,000.

While this site helped to identify some of the big companies that donate, I echo a lot of others on here..you need to solicit every business you can think of, restaurants, liquor stores, grocery stores, golf courses, movie theaters, etc. We were able to obtain 50 bottles of wine from various donors and then did a wine pull, selling corks for $10 each..it was an easy $500 profit. My other recommendation is to get creative! As a parochial school, we approached our two parish priests to see if they would be willing to donate an evening of their time (dinner with the pastor, etc). Those were two of the highest dollar items sold during our vocal auction and there was no cost involved. I would also recommend taking a serious look at consignment bidding. We used www.winspireme.com/ to offer a couple of once-in-a-lifetime items for vocal auction. Although none of them sold this year (there is no risk to your organization) those items drew up a lot of buzz in the community before the event. We expect that next year we will be able to sell at least one of those experiences.
10 years 2 months ago #165713 by Susan
Replied by Susan on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
P.s. the LA Zoo and Santa Barbara Zoo donate tickets too. We packaged them with the Zoobooks subscription with the San Diego and Santa Ana Zoos. The Aquarium of the Bay Walt Disney Museum, and Discovery Museums in SF donate too.
10 years 2 months ago #165712 by Susan
Replied by Susan on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
Thanks for the list. I got a lot of the same ones. Sky High Jump/indoor trampoline type places are usually generous. Wrote to several and got family fun packs for hour long jumps.

I was wondering what did the fairs donate and how did you submit your request? I wrote to them a few years ago and never received a response. I didn't try again.
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