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When it comes to special events, your true philanthropic moments are limited...

Special Appeal, Paddle Raiser, Fund A Need, Raise the Paddle, Cash Call, Fund The Mission, Call To Action, Paddle Auction, Fund the Fight… Whatever YOU call it

You need an EXPERT…

We are the EXPERTS in Special Appeals and it is our PASSION to provide inspired service to maximize fundraising and donor experience with focus on special appeals to increase your year round fundraising


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Inspire Hearts Fundraising

With the changing culture of special event fundraising, you know time ROI is valuable: your organization, your donors and your event, every minute counts…

Don’t waste valuable philanthropic moments.

It is our focus and mission to help you maximize every one of those moments to aid in year round fundraising success.

Is it time to make a change?

Mission statement:
Inspiring hearts to change the world

What we do:
Inspire Hearts Fundraising’s unique service is focused on transforming your special event fundraising by evolving your special appeal/paddle raise through signature consultation and utilizing top level fundraising ambassadors to activate your audience, elevate your donors experience and maximize your ROI and donations raised day of and year round.

Our Team

Meet the heart and soul of Inspire Hearts Fundraising

Erin Ward

Erin Ward


“you must be part of the organization” is Erin’s favorite complement she receives at events. Priding herself in becoming immersed in the mission of the organization is her focus when creating a moment of giving. Erin has worked in many areas of fundraising and has made it her life's mission to study and explore the most effective means of fundraising possible. She has over 15 years of fundraising success, helping hundreds of nonprofits raise over $100 million. Her focus is on creating exceptional donor experiences. Erin has a background in Nonprofits. She has encountered and understands many problems that arise and has found solutions to create events that leave donors happy and bank accounts full. Clients feel a sense of calm as they prepare for events with her. Using her extensive education in this area she works in advance to prepare them for ultimate success and creating more engaged happy donors. Knowing the pressures that weigh on this roll, she takes it very serious and still fun. Erin has worked with tons of celebrities and dignitaries and helps them shine at the event as well and encourage guests to be part of the night not just watch it. Erin is a mission ambassador, professional public speaker, fundraising auctioneer, event consultant, development consultant and nonprofit trainer. Currently serving as the President of the NYC Auctioneers Association and the 2018 NY State Auction Champion. As an educated, well cultured and traveled individual with an amazing life story, her empathy and passion allows her to tell amazing stories and inspire hearts to give.

Bobby D. Ehlert

Bobby D. Ehlert


"eloquent, innovative, entertaining and passionate..." are words often used to describe Bobby D. His passion for a greater world has led him to a career in being a leader of change. He entered the nonprofit world through stage work as a world champion auctioneer. He realized his passion and skill had a greater purpose. From the stage he works to make everyone in a room feel excited to participate in change. Encouraging donations to flow by driving the mission moments. He works with, challenges and cures the problems of donor support. Each organization feels his great passion as he advocates for their specific cause. He has years of experience public speaking and rasing millions of dollars of support for nonprofits nationwide. His greatest skill comes from all the education and expedrience he has to work not just at an event but in depth consulting before an event. Driving huge changes to cultivate support before he even takes the stage. Working together with organizations and boards to exceed their fundraising goals. Bobby D. speaks at and teaches many expert seminars to other industry people to show them how effective their special appeals can be in changing the world. Bobby D. creates the perfect mission moment. He works with organizations to find their heart and convey it to their guests. His greatest moment is when he knows that because of their work together he inspired a guest into a life time supporter of the organization. Opening their eyes, wallets and hearts to forever be the change. These goosebump moments are his favorite.


Blog / Video's

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Fundraising in an Election Year (2020)

It is a year of history.   At a gala recently the emcee announced she felt like she was the most relaxed she had been in months. “It is so refreshing to be in a room full of people that care about the same thing at the same time.  Here we all are together caring […]

Why are you not doing a Paddle Raise at your gala?

  Just recently, Erin Ward and I presented “Raise the Paddle, Raise the Bar: Realize your true event ROI” at #nynmedia’s Fundcon 2019 in downtown Manhattan over 100 nonprofits looking to build efficiency in their fundraising plans. There were panels of industry experts and fundraisers in the trenches. Erin and I were honored to be […]

WEBINAR: Cryptocurrency: The FUTURE of Fundraising

Sign Up Here: What is Crypto? Blockchain? Is this the FUTURE of Fundraising for Nonprofits? With $400 Billion available for donation from 300 million users…Cyptocurrency could be an uptapped market for philanthropy. In 2018, the United States Congress hosted a hearing entitled “Digital Currencies: The Future of Money”. Today, some of the most prominent organizations […]

Passion, Purpose and Podcast: Co-founder Erin Ward Featured on Create Your Own Life Podcast

Our Co-Founder, Erin Ward is one of the top female Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) in the country and the leads the way in special event fundraising in New York City. She is a third generation auctioneer from New York. Erin Ward is one of the leading Paddle Raise Experts, teaching nonprofits around the nation on […]

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