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The 6 Most Important Event Chairs to Recruit for Your Fundraising Auction

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 26, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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When it comes to hosting a successful fundraising auction, few can do it alone. You'll need several passionate, organized committee chairs with a laser-sharp focus on specific aspects of your event.

What are the most essential event chair roles and responsibilities? And how can you find the right person for each job?

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Topics: event-production, auction committee, fundraising event, benefit auctioneer

7 Incentives Guaranteed to Motivate Your Auction Committee

Posted by Ian Lauth on May 8, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Incentives Guaranteed to Motivate Your Auction Committee

The key to collecting incredible auction items is a capable procurement team, but even the most skilled and connected volunteers might run into roadblocks or get too busy to find quality items. Offering your auction committee incentives shows you appreciate all they do, boosts morale and motivates them to get better donations earlier.

Start by discussing potential incentives with the team – they’ll know better than anyone what motivates them. Then set procurement goals based on either the number of silent auction items or the dollar value of donations acquiredYou can set goals and allocate prizes for individuals or for the entire procurement team, depending on your preference.

Here are six easy ways to incentivize your procurement team for outstanding acquisitions:

1. Event Tickets

Offering complementary tickets, especially for expensive dinner galas, is a great incentive for individuals who reach certain auction item procurement goals. If members from your auction committee usually work the event, reward outstanding performers with a night off to enjoy the festivities. 

2. Preferred parking

Preferred parking is another way to reward and recognize exceptional achievement. For events with a large number of attendees, such as school fundraisers or high-end galas, put “Reserved” signs on parking spaces for committee members who reach their goal. Or, go one step further and offer free valet for those who helped with procurement – a nice VIP touch.

3. Premium seating

Offer special seating for procurement team members who are attending the event as guests. They’ll enjoy sitting at some of the best tables in the house, plus by seating the team together you’ll strengthen their relationships, which will be helpful for when they work together at future events.

4. Bidding money

Set individual goals. For each achievement or goal met, provide a set amount of money for use at the live or silent auction. This can range anywhere from $75 to $300 depending on the event. Committee members can use this money to participate in the event they worked so hard to help put on, plus they might get so wrapped up in the excitement of the auction that they’ll bid even more!  

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Topics: fundraising, auction committee, silent auction items

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