Secure Better Auction Items: How to Host a "Procurement Party"

Posted by Summy Lau on May 5, 2016 10:34:35 AM
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One of the first steps in planning a fundraising auction is assembling the procurement committee. This team of dedicated supporters is given one task, and one task only: to procure unique items that cost little to nothing up front and are valuable enough to drive ticket sales and bidding.

Let's face it: The procurement process is daunting, no matter how established your organization is or passionate your team may be. Fortunately, with careful planning and organization, any nonprofit can procure items that fetch high bids.

The first step to curating an auction catalog worth talking about: hosting a "wish list" or procurement party! Read on for helpful tips to make the most of the party and get procurement off to a running start.

What is a procurement party?

A procurement party is a fun brainstorming session for your auction committee. It’s an opportunity for everyone in your committee to get together, kick things off on a fun note, and leave the meeting with an action plan and list of items to pursue. Some tips to keep your party both fun and productive:

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Fundraising Tip: Maximize your Silent Auction Revenue by Offering a “Buy It Now” Feature

Posted by Ian Lauth on Jan 20, 2012 12:15:00 AM

When it comes to silent auctions, there is a common misconception with both auction planners and prospective bidders that there is one winner for each item. While that may be true for many items on a silent auction table, this is not the case with Winspire’s no-risk travel, entertainment and sports packages. Each of our packages has been developed so that they can be sold multiple times in a single event.

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December Give-Away Winner: Congratulations to Helena Anderson & Flying Horse Farms!!

Posted by Winspireme on Jan 12, 2012 11:09:00 PM

We are happy to announce the winner of the December 2011 Donation Give-Away! Helena Anderson, President of the Anderson Companies in Columbus, Ohio is excited to be donating the American Airlines certificates to Flying Horse Farms to use in their 2nd Annual Beneath the Stars 2012 fundraiser on October 5th where 100% of this donation will help send a child to camp.

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January Donation Give-Away: Indy-Style Open-wheel Racing Experience

Posted by Winspireme on Jan 12, 2012 2:21:00 AM

We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for January: Indy-Style Open-wheel Racing experience for (1) at your choice of participating locations. Have the need for speed? Feeling adventurous? The Mario Andretti Racing School Experience offers your party of (1) an unforgettable and thrilling racing experience. Mario Andretti Racing School Experience, "The World's Fastest Driving Experience" puts you behind the wheel of a full sized, Indy-style race car. If driving these cars weren't thrilling enough, add the fact that you'll be taking laps on the world's premiere superspeedways.

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Winning Bidder Experience - Las Vegas 3-Night Stay with Cirque Du Soleil VIP Tickets

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 14, 2011 1:00:00 AM

We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from her trip for two to The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas VIP...

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New Package Announcement: 2012 PGA Championship Experience

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 9, 2011 2:26:00 AM
2012 PGA Championship Experience

We are frequently asked to create unique and exciting sporting event packages. Among the most popular at charity auctions are trips to major golf tournaments. As such, Winspire is pleased to announce a brand new package for 2012:

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December Donation Give-Away: Two Tickets to Any American Airlines Destination in the 48 States and Canada!

Posted by Winspireme on Dec 1, 2011 1:00:00 AM
December Donation Give-Away Two American Airline Tickets

We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for December: Two tickets on American Airlines to any of their destinations in the contiguous 48 states & Canada!* Always a hot auction item because of the open-ended nature of the offer, your Non-Profit can use these tickets to round out a previously donated package or as a stand-alone in a raffle or auction. The purchaser of this package can use these tickets to go anywhere American Airlines flies in the 48 contiguous United States & Canada, subject to availability. See the Package Summary below for more details.

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Event Follow Up: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Gala

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 18, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Event Spotlight FollowUp - Ohr Museum Gala

Two weeks ago we announced the Ohr O’Keefe event. In addition to being a really fantastic evening, they sold five exotic Winspire packages, allowing them to maximize their fundraising revenue at the event.

Following is a list of the five Winspire packages they sold...

San Francisco Tonga Room Dining Experience

Dinner at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, Fairmont San Francisco 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 (3370-2)

Ireland Adventure

6-Night Getaway in Dublin, Ennis & Killarney, Historic Castle Overnight Stay, Rental Car, Guinness Storehouse VIP Tickets, Gap of Dunloe & Aran Islands Excursions with Airfare for 2 (1302-2)
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Big Brothers Big Sisters "Get Their Feet Wet"

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 16, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass Success Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass in Michigan (bbbsofbc.org) recently had a very successful fundraiser they almost didn't go through with due to staffing obstacles. Winspire worked with the organization to get the event in order, discussing various "Bucket List" items they could use to boost revenue and increase the profile of the auction. They enjoyed the concept of "Bucket List" items so much, they decided to name their event the "Time of Your Life Bucket List Evening Auction", and included multiple unique experience packages from Winspire.

The event organizer, Kathryn S. Rossow, was thrilled by how the event turned out and had some kind words she wanted to share...

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2 Weeks Until Drawing for Donation Give-Away!

Posted by Winspireme on Nov 15, 2011 1:00:00 AM

November Winpsire Donation Give-Away Package - 2 Weeks Left!

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