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Auction Task Checklist: 7-10 Months Out

The planning stage of most successful fundraising events began 6 months to 1 year or more in advance. With hundreds of details to manage leading up to the big day, it's no wonder missed opportunities and mistakes end up costing so many charities thousands of dollars in revenue each year. The more organized you are, the greater return on your investment.

  • 6 min read
  • Mar 13, 2018 6:15:00 AM

Turn silent auction duds into money for your cause (and 8 other FAQs)

Recently we hosted a webinar with fundraising software provider Greater Giving all about practical tips to describe, display, promote and sell auction packages more effectively. Today we are sharing part I of a lively Q&A session with charity auction organizers around the country.

  • 14 min read
  • Mar 6, 2018 9:38:56 AM

Auction Task Checklist: 10 to 12 Months Out

The most successful fundraising events require plenty of advanced planning and preparation. When managing hundreds of details, auction items, different committees and volunteers, there's plenty of room for missed opportunities. And time and again we've found the more organized you are, the greater return on your investment. To the rescue: checklists!

  • 5 min read
  • Feb 27, 2018 6:35:00 AM

Think Bigger for Home Run Auction Items

In a previous webinar, we shared the "10 deadly sins," or costly mistakes, seen most often at charity auctions. Number 3 on our list: Putting out the wrong items for your audience. To get high returns on your fundraising event, you want auction items that have wide appeal, generate excitement, and are perceived as highly valuable among your donors.

  • 9 min read
  • Feb 15, 2018 8:30:31 AM

7 Tips to Arrange Seating Strategically in a Live Auction

What's the best way to arrange seating in a live auction? As always, it's imperative to think like a pro when planning a fundraising event. Today we're going to look at how a benefit auctioneer would approach one often-overlooked aspect of running a charity auction: reserved tables and seating arrangements. Specifically, we're going to look at a seating concept called the "triangle of influence."

  • 12 min read
  • Jan 18, 2018 9:23:41 AM

Wine Pull, 5th Ticket Raffle & The Hot Potato Pig: 5 Auction Enhancers You Haven't Tried

At fundraising events, it's smart to focus your efforts on the live auction. They haul in the majority of your funds and are the evening's entertainment highlight to boot. That said, employing a variety of revenue enhancers - mini fundraising opportunities and games - keep your agenda exciting, entertain guests and add tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

  • 8 min read
  • Jan 16, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Is poor sound killing your auction? Here's how to fix it

Why do fundraising events need good, clean sound? Your ability to raise money depends on it. As competition between charities grows, donor dollars are getting stretched thinner and thinner. To stand out, your auction must entertain the crowd and keep guests engaged the entire time.

  • 6 min read
  • Jan 10, 2018 8:55:21 AM

Charity Auctions: Providing a Better Donor Experience

Charity auctions are amazing opportunities to engage with donors while raising money for your cause. As you know, the key to successful fundraising lies in positive donor experiences. While there’s a lot to plan when hosting a charity auction event, you’ll need to make sure donor engagement is a top priority. Charity auctions can either send your organization sailing past your fundraising goal...or leave you stuck with your oars lost at sea and goal nowhere in sight - and donor engagement plays a big role in determining which path you take. To help, we’ve gathered 7 tips to creating the ultimate donor experience at your next charity auction: Set your fundraising goal and budget. Find great charity auction software. Recruit your volunteers. Procure your auction items. Set a time, date, and venue. Choose an auctioneer. Promote your event. If you’re ready to host a stellar charity auction with the best donor experience, let's get started!

  • 12 min read
  • Nov 30, 2017 8:55:52 AM

6 Steps to Your Most Creative Auction Item Ideas, Ever

A big part of successful charity auctions is strategically leveraging the auction items themselves. We recently hosted a free webinar all about best practices to procure auction items, maximize bidding during the auction, then raise even more money after the event.

  • 6 min read
  • Oct 24, 2017 7:15:00 AM

8 Mistakes that Sap the Fun OUT of Fundraising Events

The numbers don't lie: 93% of event attendees say their number one priority when attending a fundraiser is to have fun - even more than supporting the cause. How can you make giving fun? By focusing on the 3 E's: Engage, Entertain and Extract.

  • 7 min read
  • Oct 9, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Do you need an auctioneer AND an emcee?

"We are going to incorporate a live auction into our event this year. Is the auctioneer typically your emcee (Master of Ceremonies), or is it two roles?" "We have a local radio personality emcee our program. She also handles our live auction and paddle raise. I’m wondering what could happen if we pair her with a professional? "

  • 9 min read
  • Sep 28, 2017 9:50:20 AM

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