4 Auction Travel Package Ideas for Enhancing Your Next Event

Posted by Ian Lauth on Jan 13, 2015 10:03:00 AM

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Procuring auction travel packages to match your audience's interests and hobbies is a crucial part of creating a successful fundraising event. But what if your audience of donors has a wide range of interests? This can make it a challenge to pick which travel package to include in your live auction.

One way is to consider the event itself. While some supporters will show up solely for the cause, others will attend an event because something else about it has a special appeal to them. This can give you some important clues about what auction items they might be interested in. Here are four ideas for how you can enhance your overall event with the right auction packages. 

1. Sporting events

If you're planning your event around a golf tournament, it’s safe to assume that most of your attendees love to play golf. Offer an auction travel package that includes a chance to play on a premium golf course, such as Pebble Beach or Pinehurst, or send them on a trip watch a professional golf tournament like the PGA Championship.

If you are raising money for a specific sport or athletic program it makes sense to offer a package that relates. For example, tennis club boosters could create a winner’s choice raffle that includes a trip to see the U.S. Open Tennis Championship.

Other more general sporting events, such as a walk-a-thon or 5K run can make it harder to pinpoint your audience's interests. In these cases it can make more sense to offer a “choose your own” travel package, such as Choose Your Championship or the Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway.

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Topics: event-production, auction trips, auction packages, auction travel packages

Why Auction Trips Make Sense (and lots of $$$!)

Posted by Sharon Ruback on Jun 5, 2014 12:57:00 PM

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As your fundraising event attendees are getting dressed for the big night out, they may give some thought as to how much money they will spend on raffle tickets or what they might buy at your live or silent auction. While people may come with a specific dollar figure in mind, they will often spend above and beyond depending on what opportunities are presented at the event.

Whether it’s offering an auction trip to an all-inclusive resort, selling raffle tickets for a piece of signed sports memorabilia or delivering a heartfelt special appeal from a beneficiary of your mission, there are plenty of ways to entice your guests to contribute more money during an event.

Usher Wins Auction PuppyR&B singer, Usher, bid $12,000 for this puppy at a charity auction in 2012.

Many people in the room will be willing to spend additional money that night to support your cause. The key to fundraising success is to present them with opportunities and options. After all, these are patrons of your organization and the fact that they are attending your event means they have already made some financial investment in the cause.

How many times have you seen people go wild over that cute little puppy at a live auction? While few guests come to your event with the intention of purchasing a new family pet, this is consistently a very popular live auction item. That beaming couple walks out of the ballroom with the adorable dog, laughing about how surprised the kids will be in the morning. People get caught up in the moment, and in their excitement, buy things they didn’t even know they wanted.

What if you could offer something at your event that people were already going to buy anyway? When you offer auction trips as part of your fundraising event, you do exactly that. In a recent survey, Winspire asked 400 people who purchased trips at charity events in the past 6 months about their travel habits. An overwhelming 70% said they take at least 3-6 leisure trips a year. Over 60% of survey respondents said they budget at least $7,500 for vacation travel annually, with 40% budgeting a whopping $10,000 or more each year.

Whether they book their trips on the Internet or use a travel agent, a majority of the patrons who attend fundraising galas are people who like to travel and have the money to do it.

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Topics: fundraising, travel-experience, auction trips

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Winston & Winnie love to help Nonprofits raise money for amazing causes. They also love to travel and have a bucket list of amazing Experiences they are determined to complete in their lifetime. Winspire News is the result of this shared passion, offering fundraising advice, industry news and insight into charity fundraising with travel.