Travel and Philanthropy

One of my favorite spots in Phoenix is the Botanical Garden. There are walking trails throughout and a butterfly exhibit in the Spring. The day we were there, they had an artist guild spread throughout the park, displaying their creations.

For $109 we purchased a year membership with $69 being tax deductible. The park is wonderful place to hike and see some spectacular Saguaro cactus.

I love combining travel with Philanthropy. 

Looking for Philanthropist Role Models

The Jones Prize for Philanthropy recognizes an individual who embodies Philanthropy. The Institute for Private Investors Award will provide a $25,000 Cash Grant for to an individual under 40 who has made a difference. Check it out and nominate someone you know!


How To Nominate:

NOMINATIONS: SUBMISSIONS CAN BE MADE ON BEHALF OF AN INDIVIDUAL OR FOR YOURSELF

THE DENNIS M. JONES FAMILY FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE INSTITUTE FOR PRIVATE INVESTORS are presenting a $25,000 prize to an individual, under 40 years of age, who has demonstrated his or her passion and commitment to a philanthropic cause.

THE INSTITUTE FOR PRIVATE INVESTORS is a global community of private investors providing peer-to-peer learning, access to extraordinary investor education and connectivity to best-in-class investors and advisors.

THE JONES PRIZE IN PHILANTHROPY is dedicated to Dennis Jones, a long-time member of IPI who believed that the call to giving and service was the highest honor.

ABOUT THE AWARD: $25,000 will be awarded to the non-profit organization the recipient of this award works with.

ELIGIBILITY: Under 40 years of age

DEADLINE: Friday, April 14, 2017

How Do I Hire a Professional Auctioneer for My Charity Event ?


  • A professional auctioneer can make the difference between a  charity event being a blast or simply being boring. Auctioneers are entertainers as much as they are auctioneers. Choose one that has a sense of humor, and generates enthusiasm with the guests of your event.
  • Auctioneers make an event efficient. The guests don’t want to wait around while the event planner figures out how to run an auction.
  • Do they talk fast or slow. If the group caterers to an older crowd, this might be something to consider.
  • Find out if the Auctioneer charges on a commission basis or is fee based.
  • Some auctioneers have an industry specialty-just ask them.
  • Look at videos or prior auctions on YouTube.
  • It’s best to hire an auctioneer at least 6 months in advance. The good ones book out even further. Check online speaker organizations to find auctioneers in your area.
  • Respect the time of the charity attendees by keeping the length of your auction to a reasonable hour.  One way to do this is by offering a combination of a live auction and a silent auction at your charity event.


(Read Further :A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising)