Testimonials

We love hearing from our Nonprofits and Winning Bidders about their interaction with Winspire. Here are some of the things they had to say.

Philadelphia Center

“We’ve worked with Winspire for the past 2 years and are about to reserve trips for our auction for this year… I cannot speak highly enough about the great customer service we’ve experienced with Winspire. We’ve increased our revenues for our fundraising event each year – in large part due to our using Winspire for our trips that we auction off. It’s a no-risk situation… and they can help you with everything.”

Brett Malone
Executive Director, Philadelphia Center

DreamCenter

“We got a late start on procurement. Winspire came to our rescue with great packages for our event and turned it into a spectacular success! The auctioneer that was suggested went above and beyond, as he took the time to learn about our organization and understood the urgent need that we were attempting to meet within the community; the reason for our fundraiser.

Winspire worked with us to select the items for our auction and was available to us by cell for last minute questions even minutes before the auctioneer took the stage. We will definitely use Winspire again and would recommend their services to any organization planning an auction. I look forward to working with Winspire again next year!!”

Dream Center of Los Angeles

Orangewood Children's Foundation

“We could not have met our fundraising goals without the help of Winspire. Their team helped us pick experiences that seem to fit the taste of our donors perfectly. In fact, we sold every single package, and some of them multiple times!”

Bruce Fetter
C.E.O., Orangewood Children's Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien and Cass

“I want to thank you especially for shepherding me through the process. Once I ‘got my feet wet’ it was smooth sailing from there onward. I plan to promote Winspire at our next state meeting of Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. We so much appreciate your great support of the work we do here with children. Many thanks and I’m quite sure we’ll get involved with Winspire again next year.”

Kathryn S. Rossow
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters

St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center

“In late February of this year, Saint Clair Shores Senior Activity Center in Michigan didn’t have enough money to put together a fundraising event and was getting ready to lay off yet another employee. We discussed with them the possibility of holding a raffle, a fundraiser requiring little or no money that can have big returns.

In late April, we decided to give it a try. Choosing from Winspire’s list of inspired packages, we decided to raffle off The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas VIP, which we thought would have wide appeal to our donor base. Saint Clair Shores started selling tickets for $10, and by June 22nd, we had sold a total of 1,810 tickets and made an unprecedented $18,100! The drawing took place with a city official pulling the winning ticket. After accounting for the cost of the package, Saint Shores Senior Center made over $15,000. Another piece of good news- they were able to retain the employee they had planned to lay off!”

St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center

Waldorf School of Orange County

“We recently used a Winspire once-in-a-lifetime experience to provide our donors with a thrilling reason to benefit a cause near and dear to their heart. Through Winspire we were able to offer an attention-getting package which would ordinarily not be accessible to us. It is the perfect example of a win-win. They were knowledgeable, prompt, and provided excellent service and follow-up. We would recommend them to anyone looking to enliven their auction offering.”

Denise Ogawa
Development Director, Waldorf School of Orange County

Escondido Humane Society

“Winspire has helped us raise more money than ever before. During the process of planning our auction there are several times that we needed to refine our auction item list, Winspire has always accommodated these changes immediately and with no hassle. What is even better is that our gala attendees have been pleased with the service they have received from Winspire. Each year, several of them make a point of asking us to include Winspire packages. It’s a win-win situation for our attendees and our organization.”

Jean Loo-Russo
Development Director, Escondido Humane Society

Kansas City Autism Training Center

“We don't have an event without adding Winspire Travel packages as auction items. High quality packages that are fun to sell and increase our bottom line. Winspire staff are great to work with."

Ron Johnson
Executive Director, Kansas City Autism Training Center

Dove House Children's Advocacy Center

“We have used Winspire packages for several years at our annual gala. The packages add lots of value to our live auction and each year they seem to develop a new package that our guests really enjoy. Our guests rave about the trips. The staff at Winspire were very professional and accommodating as we ask lots of questions each year as we develop our list of live auction items. Thanks again for making our event so special.”

Ken Wooten
Dove House Children's Advocacy Center

Every Child, Inc.

“We worked with Winspire for the first time this year for our annual fundraising gala. We were impressed with the variety of unique auction experiences and were particularly attracted to the fact that the auctions are no obligation. Winspire gives you a broad selection of prepackaged options—so the process is stress free and very simple. We look forward to working again with Winspire!”

Jada Shirriel, MS
Director of Marketing and Development, Every Child, Inc.

Wrigley Field Rooftop Seats: From Alaska to Chicago

“Hello! I want to thank you for all the work you did to get our trip to Chicago arranged! We had a WONDERFUL time!!! Air transportation was perfect in getting us to Chicago from Anchorage in a timely manner. The hotel! WOW! It was beautiful, the staff was attentive and we had 3 great nights in a very comfortable room! And then the baseball game!!! The staff at Beyond the Ivy did a great job.

We had a great time, and it was topped by fantastic weather. We want to thank you for working with us to make it happen! Please pass this on to your supervisor and/or send me their contact information and I will get in touch with them!!! I am also going to pass on this info to our local PBS channel since it was their auction that I purchased this opportunity!

Again, thank you so much – I am not sure how these trips are all put together, but it all worked out so congratulations for giving us an opportunity to use your services!”

Pamela Doerner
Winning Bidder

Chicago Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop

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Las Vegas Showstopper VIP: Dancing in public

“I wanted to touch base with you and tell you we had a wonderful time in Las Vegas. The Renaissance Hotel was lovely, the food at breakfast and dinner was excellent. We enjoyed the fact there was no casino in the hotel. The Monorail was located right across the street and we rode it into town twice to check out all the main casinos. The absolute highlight of the weekend was seeing “Le Reve”. The show was OUT OF THIS WORLD impressive. Our seats were comfy with an excellent view.

Thank you so much for your excellent planning and arrangements for us. When we returned from dinner with friends on the last night of our visit, we even danced in the lobby to background music to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. I’m sure the people working at the desk and hanging around the lobby were amused to see two old people dancing in public.”

Elsie Bailey
Winning Bidder  |  Wildwood Park for the Arts

Las Vegas Showstopper VIP

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Charleston Luxury Getaway: Solid groundwork

“We had a GREAT trip. We enjoyed the hotel and the special dinner. The hotel was in a very convenient location – next to shopping, good restaurants and even a church. After 3 nights we drove to Asheville, NC and enjoyed our stay there too. It was a really good trip for us that we enjoyed very much. Thanks for asking and providing the ground work for making our stay so enjoyable.”

Homer Bludau
Winning Bidder  |  Our Lady Queen of Angels

Charleston Luxury Getaway

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Sip & Soar Through Napa Valley: The balloons were awesome

“I want to let you know that everything went beautifully on our trip to Napa last weekend. We were so glad that we got to do the Del Dotto tour because it was much more extensive than the other tours. It was wonderful. On Saturday, the limo was on time and the driver was gracious and helpful. Our favorite winery that day was Fontanella, another one of your picks! We loved the Meritage and the balloons were awesome. Overall, it was an amazing weekend that we will always remember. Thank you for all of your help.”

Chris Shea
Winning Bidder  |  Gutter Ball Gala 2012, Summit School

Sip & Soar Through Napa Valley

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From the Nonprofit: Exceptional customer service

The Summit School

“The Winspire trips that we have used for our raffles have really raised money for our school. The winners of the trips have all told us that the customer service that they received from Winspire was exceptional. Thank you!”

Melanie D. Sipple
Director of Development and Marketing, The Summit School

Trip to Machu Piccu: Helpful guidance

“I wanted to let you know what an amazing trip we had to Peru! Thank you for all your help and guidance in setting it up for us. It could not have been any better. All the hotels were wonderful, the staff was so helpful and professional, our tours and tour guides were invaluable. And just so you know, the Hiram Bingham Train is so worth the price!! ...you were right. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks so Much!!”

Rhonda D.
Winning Bidder

Machu Picchu with Orient-Express Hotels

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