We at DonationMatch do not hide items based on your membership level being free or paid, as availability criteria are set by donor companies. Upgrading does not give you access to items for which you otherwise would not already qualify.
However, it is interesting to note that upgraded events statistically have a 3x higher approval rate than non-upgraded events, potentially due to their requests being highlighted to donor companies and not having limits on matches they can make. Also, a Pro VIP (formerly Pro Annual) yearly upgrade allows you to post more events and request items for them at the same time, which not only saves time, but may also contribute to higher approval rates due to timing of donor responses and/or donation availability, which can fluctuate.
Another benefit of a Pro membership is the one-on-one event expert call, which draws upon our outside perspective and 15+ years of fundraising event planning to provide direct feedback on anything event-related you wish to talk about, including your DonationMatch event listing, event marketing, event timeline, donation letters and strategy, and much more.
We are always working on bringing more companies into our network to ensure upgrades are beneficial and have positive ROI. Despite the fact that we cannot predict how companies will respond and when they will have inventory available, we offer a money-back guarantee on upgrades, as seen on our membership options page (https://www.donationmatch.com/np-pricing). This is our way of ensuring you receive sufficient value from the upgrade, or you don't pay.