Wildcard Auction Raises $10,000 Out of Thin Air [VIDEO + TEMPLATES]

Posted by Summy Lau on Oct 11, 2016 10:23:59 AM

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To keep the focus on fundraising at your event, you want to employ fresh and exciting income streams. One that has generated plenty of interest in our webinars: the Wildcard Auction™. This is an entertaining, fast-paced revenue opportunity that can raise tens of thousands of dollars for your cause—without requiring any extra time or resources to procure items!

Sound too good to be true? It's not, and today you'll learn exactly how you can try this at your next fundraising event.

Read on for the resources you need to run your own Wildcard Auction: an instructional video, step-by-step guide, printable Wildcard form (PDF) and customizable template (Word).

Origins of the Wildcard Auction

Today's idea comes to us from benefit auctioneer specialist Danny Hooper. Check out his experience with his very first Wildcard Auction:

"For years and years, people would come up to me after the live auction and say, 'You know what, I would have been happy to donate something, but nobody asked me.' I heard this over and over.

Finally, at a rotary auction event, I decided to try something new.

I took a pack of neon-colored index cards and tossed a couple on each table. Then I said from the stage, 'Folks, tonight I’m gonna try something called a Wildcard Auction. If you've got an item you could donate to the live auction tonight, write down your name, your phone number and the item you’d like to donate, then send it up to the stage.'

The very first night I did this, we made $46,500 off the floor."

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Topics: event-production, new fundraising event ideas, live auction, auction item ideas

New Fundraising Events: 5 Ideas for Your Future Self

Posted by Ian Lauth on Jan 15, 2015 10:06:37 AM

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Planning a charity event for the first time can be totally overwhelming. With countless things to coordinate, numerous people to please and the pressure to justify the event by raising enough money - all while staying within budget - can make even the savviest event planner apprehensive.  

It’s time to step back, take a deep breath and adopt the right mindset when you plan a fundraiser for the first time. What is that mindset? Believe it or not, it’s not just about how much money you raise. 

The most important thing to focus on for first-time events is establishing a strong foundation for the future. Whether it’s your Nonprofit’s first ever fundraising gala or you’re adding another event to the annual social calendar, your focus needs to be on creating a legacy event that will continue yielding dividends for years to come.

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1. Create a memorable experience

All too often, Nonprofits will spend that first year planning an event with a hyper focus on generating revenue – which is great – but it usually comes at the expense of the event experience itself. Make sure you go the extra mile to ensure your donors have a great time. This means doing things you may want to skimp on to save costs your first year, such as a hosting your event at a nice venue, having an open bar or hiring a live band.

2. Focus on second-year profit

Hosting a gala or golf tournament for the first time should - and most likely will - generate some revenue for your cause, but don’t worry if it’s not a grand slam in the fundraising department. That money will come. Donors who look forward to attending your event year after year produce far more revenue than a donor who comes to your event just once.

3. Concentrate on donor development

Fundraising events are a wonderful social activity. They offer a chance for your charity to demonstrate the good it has done while extending gratitude to those who have made it all possible. Nonprofits that put the effort into creating legacy events understand that developing these

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Topics: event-production, event fundraising, new fundraising event ideas

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