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Charity Auctioneer Tom DiNardo Sets New Record for MRP Foundation.

On October 3rd DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers set a new charity auction record for the MRP Foundation. The MRP Foundation holds their annual fundraiser to raise funds for those people impacted by paraplegia and quadriplegia.

Charity Auctioneer Tom DiNardo sets new record at MRPF auction.

Charity Auctioneer Tom DiNardo sets new record at MRPF auction.

This incredible special event fundraiser raised over $150,000 dollars during the charity auction. The event was up over 60% from last year, and the MRP Foundation could not be more happy with the auction results. Charity auctioneer Tom DiNardo was very pleased when he heard the news. “This year the MRP Foundation chose to use the services of a legitimate auctioneer, whereas last year the foundation went with a former television personality. This only goes to show you that nonprofits obtain much better results when they use skilled and well-trained professional fundraising auctioneers”, said DiNardo.

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LOVE – A Treatise on Ending Racism.

The nation will be recovering and grieving for some time to come in attempting to comprehend why the senseless violence, terrorism, and killing of nine people took place in Charleston, South Carolina at the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME).

The motive of the young gunman appears to be pure hatred born out of total ignorance. If racists and bigots truly understood what they fear (i.e. acceptance, inclusion, community, and love), then they might become liberated from their very own slavery. Yes, I use the word “slavery” herein, because it is not the African American people of Charleston that are being taught a vicious lesson by these misguided and hateful racists. Instead, it is the white supremacists who are chaining themselves to their very own ignorance. Hatred is truly a form of slavery. Hatred abolishes the very presence of love. Hatred keeps the individuals in bonded servitude to their very own misguided beliefs, prejudice, and baseless rejection of others.

Love begins with lessons to our children.

Love begins with lessons to our children.

The good people of Charleston’s AME Church understand this. As a testament to their courage, they are endeavoring to forgive and continue to love their brothers and sisters of all colors during this time of mourning.

Do racists and or white supremacists not understand the blatant science and facts surrounding our species known as Homo sapiens? Science has proven that our ancestors began to exist approximately 200,000 years ago. Modern man began to move to more temperate climates 80,000 to 60,000 years ago. Dr. Louis Leaky proved that the cradle of modern man was the Oduvai Gorge in Tanzania, Africa. That’s right Africa! As an evolved species, now known as “modern man”, are we not African by the very nature of our original ancestral roots?

Biologists have postulated and theorized that within several hundred thousand years our species (i.e. modern man) will evolve to become a being that is far shorter in stature, darker complected, bearing an Asiatic eye fold, having virtually no hair, and eventually losing our small toe – a vestigial appendage. How and why will this evolutionary change occur? The answer is simple genetics. Science has already proven that the “black skin gene” is a dominant gene, and the “white skin gene” is a recessive gene. Whether racists will cop to this factual truth, or not, eventually our species will be black by today’s societal definitions.

If racists and white supremacists had even a clue, then they might realize that most African Americans also share in their own European ancestry. So why do racists continue killing our, as well as their, brothers and sisters?

History repeats itself again and again. Why? Who actually knows? While I am not very religious, I do believe in an all loving God. God gave us free will, like it or not. For every victim, there will always be a perpetrator. In other words, God allows these horrific events of significant impact to happen to humanity as a series of ongoing reminders for humanity to WAKE UP AND LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES.

These kinds of horrific events have happened around the world for countless centuries,

and yet we (the species Homo sapiens) never appear to learn from our mistakes. Native Americans were senselessly massacred for the sake of American progress. Then there is sad chapter of black slavery in America. The Jews were chased out of Egypt, and then again they faced the atrocities of the Holocaust. Hindus and Moslems have fought violent wars. China has killed thousands of Tibetan Buddhists. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu killed thousands of Romanians. Saddam Hussein gassed and killed the Kurds in the 1980’s. Muammar Gaddafi killed thousands of his countrymen. The war in Syria continues unchecked. Maybe someday when we finally WAKE UP, then we will have learned from our mistakes and indeed God will be well-pleased with his creation – his children.

The catch phrase we see in the media quite often today is “Black lives matter”. I would take it a step further. ALL LIVES MATTER.

Looking at color from the artist’s perspective, the color black is the inclusion and mixing of all known colors. Most non-artists don’t understand that the color white is factually the absence of all color. How boring would that be? Imagine a world devoid of all color.

Racism is a process of exclusivity and not inclusivity. What is “inclusivity”, besides a practice each one of us should be doing on a daily basis? “Inclusivity” is a process of including all people – everyone. It’s no longer a process of us and them, but truly it is ultimately a process that is born out of love. “Inclusivity”, as I said at the beginning, is a process of acceptance, inclusion, community, and love.

The path to love is fairly simple. It begins with you. What we hate in others, as the old cliché phrase goes, we hate in ourselves. To love others is to love ourselves. The journey of love for the vast majority of us, is a tough road because it begins with a deep, honest, look into ourselves and our learned fears. When we embody love and also demonstrate this love then there can only be acceptance, inclusion, and community. Racism cannot and would not exist in the presence of love. At the heart of everything is love.

Maybe this is the lesson that God truly wants us to learn? I know it’s hard to look at love in the middle of such a travesty, but we must.

In my nearly 50 years of living, I have never had any negative experiences with black people ever. This is also true of my Peace Corps experiences in the Caribbean. Anytime I ever had any feelings to the contrary, it was my fear only that was attempting to lead me away from the truth – LOVE. Why do we (both Black and White) judge race, because we are afraid to look at ourselves. Love is the bridge that we must cross if we are going to be expected to heal the racial divide that still, unfortunately, exists in this great country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was correct when he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Let us now open our minds, hearts, and souls to that which is truly the maker of miracles and healing – LOVE. Love conquers all. The Christ’s two commandments are their own great revelation. “Love God with all your soul and mind” and “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”. Self-love is not narcissistic, but instead it is the beginning of the end of racism. Love is the beginning of healing, and lastly it is a process of self-transformation and a practice of total inclusivity.

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Fund-A-Need and Special Appeal Programs for Charity Auctions

What is a Fund-A-Need program, Special Appeal, or Raise the Paddle Program? These programs are quite simply pledge or donation methods that are utilized most often by non profits and charities to focus on a special cause. The Fund-A-Need program is most effective when delivered in charity auctions that are designed to support the beneficiary nonprofit. The Fund-A-Need program or Special Appeal is also known by many other names such as Fund-A-Cause, Fund-A-Cure, Helping Hands and Raise Your Paddles to name a few. Fund-A-Need programs and special appeals are recognized by charities and nonprofits alike as extremely effective tools for generating significant revenue literally within minutes.

Fund-A-Need, Special Appeals, and Raise the Paddle Programs

Charity auctioneer Tom DiNardo conducts a record Fund A Need Program

Creating a Fund-A-Need program may be an easy task for some nonprofit development executives and a challenge for others. The idea is to focus the Fund-A-Need program on one special cause. For example, the funding of a children’s autism unit in a hospital may represent the overall special cause. Each individual pledge increment within that Fund-A-Need program represents an even more focused idea and concern. Examples of these focus points specified in the individual pledge amounts might include providing counseling services, outdoor educational opportunities, or appropriate learning materials for autistic children. Again, these are specified in each pledge increment in the Fund-A-Need program.

DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers is one of the country’s most renowned charity firms. Company founder, Tom DiNardo, advises, “Development officers are like artists confronted with a blank canvas when it comes to creating a Fund-A-Need program. Their task is to paint the canvas with compelling images for their fundraisers’ attendees.” According to DiNardo Fund-A-Need program pledge increments can start at whatever level the nonprofit chooses. Increments may start as high as $100,000 dollars or as low as $1,000 dollars and go even lower from there. This is the individual choice left up to the nonprofit development officer and her/his auction committee. “The key component ensuring the overall success of the Fund-A-Need program is to locate a donor who is willing to pledge the opening dollar amount and increment chosen by the charity. This process is referred to as ‘planting a seed’ and must be done months before the charity auction,” says DiNardo. Mr. DiNardo also notes that the most effective Fund-A-Need programs play upon people’s emotions and their hearts. Continue reading

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Benefit Auctioneers: An Investment in Your Charity Auction Success!

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As a professional benefit auctioneer for the past 20 years, I can personally attest that the role of benefit auctioneers has changed.  We are more than just benefit auctioneers. We are also fundraising consultants, event planners, event managers, business partners, and confidants. In order for benefit auctioneers to be successful in their careers they must respect their clients, and in return our nonprofit clients must also respect us, our experience, our advice and our direction or instructions in order for their special event fundraiser to be incredibly successful.

How do benefit auctioneers raise record revenue at benefit auctions? From the general public’s perspective, they only see benefit auctioneers in the role of performing at the benefit auction itself. Unfortunately, and in most cases, this is all the benefit auctioneer does for his nonprofit client – just performing his chant at the benefit auction for one hour or less. In my opinion the nonprofit should not accept the services of a “bid caller” only, but instead seek more from their benefit auctioneer.

Nonprofits and charities should seek to partner with the benefit auctioneer in the development of event plans that ensures the fundraiser’s greatest success. Hire the the professional benefit auctioneer, not the hobbyist (free auctioneers). To make money you must spend money. Nonprofits should spend their money wisely and hire benefit auctioneers that will truly deliver the best results for their future benefit auctions.

Benefit auctioneers (the skilled, licensed, professionals) offer their clients a suite of services that ultimately lead them to success. Of course, a nonprofit can ignore this sage advice, but then they find themselves tangled in the classic definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Wise charity and nonprofit clients will follow the advice and the direction provided to them by the contracted benefit auctioneer. What can these charities and nonprofits expect in return? Most of the time the charities will achieve the following: (1) A new live auction record! (2) Record setting Fund-A-Need program. (3) A new silent auction record. (4) Miscellaneous records achieved in the client’s raffles, ticket sales, and also their sponsorship dollars.

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How Benefit Auctions Raise Record Revenue

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Benefit Auctioneer Tom DiNardo sets record at Derby Day Benefit Auctions.

This past weekend (May 5th) benefit auctioneer Tom DiNardo presided over the 12th Annual Derby Day benefit auctions for his nonprofit client. In the past this charity had always used a “Volunteer Auctioneer”. This year the charity had taken a virtually non-existent risk and contracted DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers. The suite of services they had received from benefit auctioneer Tom DiNardo in return is what lead them to their great success in their benefit auction.

Important Note #1: Many nonprofits foolishly believe that “Free Auctioneer” saves them money. According to Tom DiNardo, “The word Free is just another four letter word in my vocabulary that ultimately spells disaster that the nonprofit regrettably discovers after the benefit auctions have concluded.”

Conclusion: To make money you must spend money. Nonprofits should spend their money wisely and hire the benefit auctioneer that will truly deliver the best results for their future benefit auctions.

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