I truly believe it’s my duty to educate, inform and protect people from being swindled, lied to or stolen from. So, here again I am hoping that this blog reaches charities or people across North A…
I truly believe it’s my duty to educate, inform and protect people from being swindled, lied to or stolen from. So, here again I am hoping that this blog reaches charities or people across North America who care about the same things I do.
Yesterday, as you will see here, we did yet another autograph signing with Ray Lewis – Legendary NFL and Baltimore Ravens Superhero. While at the signing, people surrounding him were constantly taking photographs of him and with him including myself. Not only is he an incredible athlete but he is an absolute icon in the sport. Oh and btw, we also took video. We took photos of him signing our items and then asked for a picture with me standing with him in front a Ravens Backdrop. So, in the photo’s do you not only see Ray Lewis autographing the items but you also see me there.
Now – not only did all of that occur, but there watching Ray sign everything was a representative from James Spence Authentication (JSA). Each item he signed received a numbered sticker corresponding to a Certificate of Authenticity Card (COA). I am challenging other providers to at the very least MATCH our level of Authentication!!!
Along with me, there were many other autograph dealers involved in the signing, all of which were doing the exact same thing – taking pictures and video. Everyone wanted their picture with Ray.
We feel its vitally important to show our charities just how real we are. Here’s how:
#1 – We use the #1 Authentication companies in the world – JSA and/or PSA/DNA.
#2 – You know exactly who we are – our names and our pictures are not only listed on our website but also on Facebook, Instagram etc.
#3 – We have and provide photos of the items actually being signed.
Now here is the rub….
For several years, honestly since the beginning of my business, there are only a few other recognizable businesses involved in the charity world as we are. These two businesses have been focused on offering extremely “EXCITING” items such as autographed Guitars, Drumheads, cast signed movie posters, autographed photos and now suddenly a few sports items. I just saw a photo of a “Hall of Fame” autographed helmet. None, not one of their autographed items are authenticated by JSA or PSA/DNA. None of them are witnessed in person.
So I examined everything which I am going to show the major differences between our companies, here they are:
BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising (BWUCF) – VS. – Counterfeit Companies
BWUCF Point #1 – We only use the only two Authentication companies which are the standard In the autograph world – JSA & PSA/DNA.
Counterfeit Companies – They use an absolutely unknown Authentication company, not accepted by any major autograph dealer or website
BWUCF Point #2 – We carry commonly found items.
Counterfeit Companies – These two (2) companies are the only companies in the world who have them. Oddly enough, several years ago, one of the managers left and started his own business and carries the exact same as the original company but somehow suddenly had testimonial letters from charities. Didn’t anyone even look or check?
BWUCF Point #3 – We have never been featured in a News Article, Magazine or TV Show as a Charity Counterfeit autograph item provider.
Counterfeit Companies – One of the companies, which both companies carry the exact same items, was TV featured during an investigation into a Counterfeit autographed Guitar – Inside Edition. Oddly enough, both companies carry the exact same item.
BWUCF Point #4 – Our companies name has NEVER changed since it was opened.
Counterfeit Companies – They have changed their names (both companies) more times than I can even recall. Why is that? BECAUSE THEY ARE RUNNING!!!
BWUCF Point #5 – We provide untouched, non photo shopped photo’s of the items actually being autographed and you can find out when it was signed and where through the Certificate of Authenticity. This is a common used term in the auction or autograph community referred to as “Provenance.” The definition is this:
Provenance: The place of origin or earliest known history of something. The beginning of something’s existence; somethings origin. A record of ownership of a work, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.
Counterfeit Companies – They do not!!! Why???
BWUCF Point #6 – We publicize who we are, our names and pictures.
Counterfeit Companies – They do not – Who are they?
BWUCF Point #7 – We have many photo’s of us standing with Athletes and Celebrities which we are doing or have done autograph signings with.
Counterfeit Companies – They do not – Why not?
BWUCF Point #8 – We offer items which other Retail Companies offer across the United State and can be found all over the internet at much higher prices.
Counterfeit Companies – They are the only two companies that offer these items. Why are they the only ones be found all over the internet at Autographs when that is not how the true autograph industry works. If you do find a true authenticated item which they carry, that has been authenticated by a real authentication company, its ridiculously much higher priced. And don’t believe the “Because its for Charity” hype.
BWUCF Point #9 – We worked with Gene Simmons alone for 3 years. Gene would charge us $2,000.00 for a guitar which only he provides and only he signs. Gene absolutely refuses to sign with the rest of the band KISS – which by the way, he owns.
Counterfeit Companies – Why do they have KISS band signed guitars when Gene refuses to sign with anyone else? Why is the guitar not the guitar that Gene will only sign? It’s his “Axe Bass” which he sells himself.
BWUCF Point #10 – If you scour the internet, you will not find one (1) bad comment or remark about us or our items.
Counterfeit Companies – If you scour the internet, especially “Autograph Magazine Live”, you will be amazed at what you find. Do it, go there, I beg you.
Seriously – do you see the major differences? BW only provides authentic autographs. We beg charities to look and be well informed.
Charities must educate themselves before accepting items from any provider, including us – BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising.
BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is a North American Charity Fundraising leader in a “One Stop Shop” convenient setting. Every single autographed item BW Unlimited carries comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from JSA or PSA/DNA.
We would love to help you, contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com.
New Auction Items: We just completed an autograph signing with the three lead cast members of Disney’s “Frozen” – Idina Manzel “Frozen Queen Elsa”, Jonathon Groff “Kristoff and Kristen Bell “Frozen Princess Anna. JSA Authenticated. Reserve yours today at http://www.BWUnlimited.com.
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From our recent autograph signing with Kevin Costner.
NEW AUCTION ITEMS: From our recent autograph signing with Kevin Costner. Available now for charity auctions across North America. http://www.BWUnlimited.com
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Since I started BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, the very first thing that I saw that I knew was a problem was that “Donations” truly don’t cut it. Now if you know me, I am the charity fundraising “Dose of Reality” guy. Most times, people don’t know how to take it because we live in a very politically correct world. But reality is reality folks and here it is.
Many people in the charity fundraising world, including those who are in the business of working with charities, somehow believe that accepting consignment items in their auctions are a bad idea. They are completely wrong and honestly are not as educated about the “Myth vs. Reality.”
The reality of donated items is this. Businesses are bombarded constantly with charities asking for donated items. When they donate, they donate items they can either afford to give away or items which are not moving in their stores. This is reality. So then charities take these items and put them out on the auction block.
I have seen some awful things happen and have heard some horror stories about
donated items bringing pennies on the dollar. Plus the donors walking out of the events angry based on the low bids. THIS IS REALITY!!!
Donated items are NOT, and again I don’t care who tells you otherwise, bringing very much in any Live or Silent Auction. Stop for a minute, think about the person or business who donated it…do you really think they don’t care? Yes they certainly do because if the items sell tragically cheap, what does that say about their business?
Remember, local people attend your local event with items donated by local businesses. If your guests wanted that stuff, they would go there and buy it themselves!!! This is common sense. Gift Baskets – oh my gosh, Gift Baskets. This is the “staple” in charity events. How many gift baskets did you give away to your family and friends for Christmas? I bet NONE.
Let’s talk about consignment but before we do, I want to show you a VERY real life example of why it works and a HUGE charity that only relies on items which are purchased for events. That’s right, they do NOT rely on donations.
Ducks Unlimited. Ducks Unlimited is the KING of charity fundraising. They have over 1,500 chapters across the world and do at least 7,500 fundraising events each year. Ducks Unlimited, along with several other outdoor charities have it figured out. These charities are ALL in the outdoor sector of non profits such as:
National Wild Turkey Federation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
National Rifle Association
And several more…
They send out a catalog of items to their chapters for which the chapters, staffed by volunteers, purchase all of the items in the catalog. That’s right I said “PURCHASE” not consigned like BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising offers.
Now, with this in mind – Ducks Unlimited’s net revenue (That means total profit) was $194,000,000.00!!! You can’t argue with that!!!
Folks – you need to change your mind set about consigned items. Noone, not you, not your friends, not your guests or your supporters want leftovers or junk. There are ways to reduce your costs so that you make top dollar.
Not only can you get awesome consigned items from us like autographed items but you can also get travel packages from us at www.CharityTravelPackages.com.
Yes, you think that if you get something donated, you keep 100% of the money…but 100% of what? 1/8th of what its worth? Seriously!!!
You can go to your local providers and ask them if they would consider consigning items to you. They will be very happy to and most likely donate items as well. They get to be marketed.
You can not argue with the numbers. Your guests want great items. Are you paying for the food? The Drinks? The Venue? Are you paying for anything else? Then why do you then rely on free stuff to help you raise money?
Tell me why in the comments below why you think this is a bad practice…..I want to hear it.
Contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com, we would love to help you.
It was fantastic meeting with everyone today in Fredericksburg Virginia. I can’t wait for their Gala on March 11th 2017. Stay tuned for details.
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