Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
People always ask what we do and the answer is always “Everything you need.” So many people think we are Auctioneers or Auction Item providers – True but we are actually much much more. There are no companies like ours. You can find pieces of what we do, but we absolutely specialize on helping Charities only. For some reason, that answer never truly rings home. So to answer the question “Who or what is BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising”, I thought I would answer it here.
BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is a North American Charity Fundraising leader in a “One Stop Shop” convenient setting. Still don’t understand? Here it is in laymen’s terms – if you are planning a fundraising event for just about anyone or anything, we can help you. Whatever your needs are, we are a charities “Go To” company.
#1 – Event Services – the reality of it is simply this…you are lucky if you are asked to do more than one fundraiser a year. Normally, most only do one and most likely you have done a hand full over your lifetime. Thinking you understand fundraising with that little experience is like asking your Mechanic neighbor for medical advice, you just would never do that.
We can help guide you around all the mistakes and falsehoods that inexperienced fundraisers encounter. We can guide you to hosting an incredibly successful, high profile fundraising event.
That includes pre-event consulting, graphically designed flyers, tickets and coaching your volunteer committee making their role much less time consuming and stressful.
As part of our services, we have the unique ability to staff your entire event, allowing your guests to enjoy themselves instead of begging for help. We can provide a highly qualified and experienced Charity Auctioneer, Raffle Staff, Silent Auction set up and tear down, check in and check out plus Mobile Bidding.
You name it or need it, BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising can provide it.
#2 – Auction Items – we carry the wide array of Charity Auction Items from autographed Memorabilia, Décor and Charity Travel Packages. These items are offered at absolutely “No Risk” – no cash, check or credit card up front. BW sends you catalogs via email, you pick the items and we ship them directly to you. Each item has an associated cost, you simply mark up the “Cost to Non Profit” 20% for the starting or “Reserve Bid” and you keep 100% of the profit no matter how much it is. If the items do not receive bids, you simply return them.
So – I hope this answers your questions about who BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising actually is. We are everything you need and more.
To learn more about how we can help you or your charity, contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com or call us at 410-658-8808.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Last night, after hours, I received a call out of the blue from one of my most trusted friends – Bob Lynch of BV Plus – Creative Management. He called to congratulate me on receiving the Trademark on the term or event title “Blues Brother Bash.” We began to talk about protecting our brand but then the conversation switched over to talking about how long we have known each other.
Honestly, Bob and I haven’t always been such great friends. When I first dreamt about BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, the very first business I reached out to was Bob. Saying Bob is a fantastic Graphic Designer is an understatement. He’s seriously the best in the business at Graphic Design, Web Design and Website Design and implementation. Somehow, I can shoot him an idea and he makes it reality. There is no one I trust more with my business then Bob Lynch.
The same holds true with my good friend and business partner Jeremy Rubinoff. You may know Jeremy from my recent trip to Israel where I was invited to attend his wedding to his beautiful wife Yael. Jeremy and I have worked together since the start of BW Unlimited. On many occasions, I have been approached by other people who offer a similar service that Jeremy does. Each time, these people defamed Jeremy’s character and his business, however, what they didn’t even consider is that Jeremy is not only my business partner but he is also a very great and close friend. Each time, I immediately picked up the phone and called him to tell him what had just happened.
I have worked these two so long that Bob and Jeremy have grown to be trusted, great friends. Our friendships have been tested time and time again when it comes to our business relationship. Why has it been tested? Loyalty. On more times than I care to mention, I have been asked to go with someone else but on each occasion, I have said “No I’m not interested.” I can attest that they have done the same thing on my behalf.
I don’t know if it was my upbringing, education, law enforcement or military experience but there is one thing you can ask everyone about – I am loyal to a fault. If you treat me good, are honest and trustworthy…I will be loyal without a doubt. That loyalty is not simply given, it’s earned.
I am fortunate enough to be partnered with many companies across North America. These partnerships were forged over time. Today, especially if you are considering opening a business, understand that building it will take building partnerships. There may be occasions that you will have to turn away profit over your loyalty to each other but in the long run, it will pay off.
For instance, I have built a strong partnership with an event venue that I commonly talk about – Martin’s Catering located in Baltimore, Maryland. I have worked with them for nearly 25 years. Based on my working relationship, they offer our clients an incredible price solely based on our relationship and the volume of clients I send them. That savings is then passed on to my clients. That loyalty even extends further; they only offer that price when our charity clients use our services.
Why is loyalty important to me in regard to charities who come back to us year after year? We offer a reduced service fee when they return plus it makes us want to work even harder for them. A continued working relationship also gets us more involved with our charities, wanting to help them more and more. Since we are always talking to businesses, we market for them as well as seek Sponsors and Donors. We donate to them and help them more and more. We get involved.
In closing, everyone has a lesson to learn from Bob Lynch especially. Bob goes above and beyond to the clients whom he is loyal too because he is loyal to a fault. He becomes ingrained in his loyal clients businesses and is proud to see us succeed. He shares in our growth and successes because Bob Lynch if a major part of it. Loyalty ladies and gentlemen is a rare commodity. As well as our vow of loyalty to our charity clients. We have a lot to learn from people like Bob Lynch and that is why we will always be overly loyal to him.
To learn more about Bob Lynch of BV Plus – Creative Management and how you can become one of his clients, check out his website at http://www.bvcreativeplus.com/
To learn more about BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, visit our website at www.BWUnlimited.com.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
One of the most important things to consider even before a charity has their very first meeting is simply this – Where are we going to have our event?
Most likely this is simply the most important decisions that a charity committee will make. Why is it so important?
Ask yourself this – where would you like to go:
A. A Very nice place, clean with great service and excellent food, or
B. An “Okay” place, not very nice, not very clean…with acceptable food.
I’m picking “A.”
This is not a commercial but let me tell you about the ultimate in venues, which is only located in Maryland – Martin’s Catering. What you should learn from this Blog is why I think they are the ultimate. If I could find venues like these across the country, it would make my life a lot easier.
Before I list out why they are the best in my opinion, let me explain what a charity should be looking for and considering before they make a decision.
Pricing – A common mistake charities make is when they provide a minimal meal for a maximum price. Guests will commonly get to the event and if they are given a minimal meal offering, they will question why the ticket was so much. This is very true for medium to small charities trying to grow their fundraising efforts. Once an event is established, charities can charge whatever they wish but in the beginning, you seriously need to consider giving people what they want. A charity should NOT charge a maximum amount for a minimal meal in the beginning.
A common tactic by “Less than” venues is the “Used Car Salesman” – they trick you in with a low meal cost with hidden fees that push up the price a great deal – these “Add Ons” are where their profit lies.
Service – While deciding what venue, examine what venues are familiar with your type of event. A great way to determine this is…are they a venue of choice, meaning do they a lot of events? A great venue will take each event as if they are doing it for the President of the United States. The staff is friendly, well dressed and very accommodating.
Food – What type of food do they offer? How can they offer it – Plated or Buffet? Examine what food they offer, especially the “Meat” or protein. Ask for a tasting and have high expectations. Ensure that your guests will be very happy with their meals.
Cleanliness – A great venue will ensure they are polished. This is easily determined from the parking lot and the façade of the building. Is it dated? Does the parking lot have trash all over it and need to be repaved? What does that tell you – the inside will be the same. Visit the venue while they are hosting another event. Go into the bathroom and see if the trash cans are full and pouring over. Is there enough staff? How is the staff dressed?
Customer Service – This is easy….are the staff friendly and accommodating? Does the sales staff treat you like they want your business? Do they want to help you host a fantastic event? They should!!!
Why do I feel Martin’s Catering is the “Ultimate” in catering? Because they provide all of the above in spades.
Here is why:
Pricing – They truly work with us, BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, to provide a very economical price for our charity clients which does not match the price the charity sells tickets for. They include Beer & Wine in the price and do not hide costs to try to pump up the price. They do not have “Add Ons.” They want to work with our charity clients and provide the most they can.
Service – Their service is top notch, honestly, its almost overboard. From the management down to the actual floor staff, they constantly want to do more for their guests and clients. The managers are more like Drill Sergeants commanding their soldiers. Nothing gets overlooked.
Charities do not want to have an event that they have to sub contract everything out. A venue like Martin’s handles everything we need all in one place – simple and easy. Having to sub contract everything out is an absolute pain and something will be missed, believe me.
Food – The food is great and plentiful. It’s not just common food either, its simply fantastic and always very fresh.
Cleanliness – From the parking lot to the inside, the place is spotless constantly. The staff is dressed well as well as there is always enough staff on hand.
Take a look at their website and see exactly what I’m talking about. Use Martin’s as a guide. http://www.martinscaterers.com/
Remember what I always say – what are the “Keys to a successful fundraising event”? Venue & Menu – the right place will give you both. It’s VITALLY important because your guests will be drawn to your event if its held in a great place.
If you would like to learn more about us and want our help in choosing a great venue, visit our website at www.BWUnlimited.com and contact us.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
On October 20th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, we have been asked to help our great friends at the Doctors Community Hospital with their charity auction.
We will be there helping them with a wonderful Live Auction featuring "One of a Kind" Autographed Items from the Washington Redskins & Baltimore Ravens. As well as incredible Travel Packages to incredible vacation destinations around the world.
There will be a fantastic Silent Auction featuring Sports Memorabilia, Jewelry & Decor as well as Restaurant Gift Certificates and much more.
We will see you there on October 20th!!!
For more information about how we can help you, visit our website at www.BWUnlimited.com.