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Live Auction Bid Cards: Free Templates

Whether or not you utilize a mobile bidding provider for the silent auction, bid cards are imperative for the two interactive portions of the night: the live auction and special appeal. These fundraising heavy-hitters rely on momentum, peer pressure and emotion, all of which are best evoked through the use of bid cards.

  • 3 min read
  • Sep 6, 2018 5:20:00 AM

Auction Handbooks: FREE Guides to Live Auctions, Silent Auctions & Sponsorship

Which type of fundraising event makes the most money in the shortest amount of time? Is it golf tournaments, galas, 5K run/walks, raffles?

  • 3 min read
  • Jul 11, 2018 9:11:59 AM

Auction Task Checklist: 1-3 Months Out

When your fundraising event countdown passes the 3-month mark, it's a good time to celebrate what you have accomplished and make final pushes to reach your goals. How will you ramp up your social media strategy? Which potential event sponsors and underwriters haven't yet responded? How many Fund-a-Need pre-donations have been collected? That's a lot of priorities to balance at once.

  • 7 min read
  • May 8, 2018 8:42:05 AM

Auction Task Checklist: 3-5 Months Out

Planning a summer fundraising event? As the big day gets closer, there are countless details to finalize: the auction items, your social media strategy, event sponsors and more.

  • 6 min read
  • Apr 19, 2018 6:24:00 AM

8 Things We Learned about Live Auctions from a Hit NBC Sitcom [video]

Charity auction success depends on expertise: knowing what to do to make the most of every opportunity and auction item. Arguably just as important is knowing what not to do, and that's what we're going to share today. In season 5 of popular NBC sitcom The Office, boss Michael Scott decides to hold a charity auction (called C.R.I.M.E. A.I.D.*) to replace stolen items after a break-in.

  • 7 min read
  • Apr 5, 2018 8:18:58 AM

Auction Task Checklist: 5-7 Months Out

If you've ever helped organize a fundraising event, it won't surprise you to hear event planning is certified tough. In fact, according to CareerCast's Most Stressful Jobs of 2018 list, 'Event Coordinator' is the fifth most stressful job out there!

  • 6 min read
  • Apr 3, 2018 6:35:00 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.

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

How Professional Auctioneers Order Live Auction Items [EXAMPLE]

When it comes to charity auctions, procuring quality items tends to be auction organizers' biggest challenge. Once you do wrangle those big-ticket items, are you all set? Not so fast - it's now time to consider the order in which they're presented.

  • 13 min read
  • Sep 11, 2017 6:25:00 AM

The Golden Hour of Fundraising Auctions 🌅

In photography, the golden hour is the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when daylight is redder, softer, and perfect for capturing precious memories. In medicine, it's the first hour after serious injury. Time is of the essence, and the earlier emergency treatment is administered, the better. In charity fundraising events, the golden hour is the peak time of your program to launch the #1 revenue generator of the night: the live auction.

  • 7 min read
  • Aug 15, 2017 8:56:27 AM

This Simple Concept Is a Game-Changer for Auction Procurement

When nonprofits have hosted the same event for years, it's common to reach a plateau. Wondering how you can break through a slump and once again generate record profits?

  • 6 min read
  • Jun 6, 2017 9:53:46 AM

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