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17 Volunteer Roles to Recruit for Your Fundraising Auction

If you've ever been part of a fundraising auction, you know how important it is to establish not only auction chairs and committees, but an extensive team of reliable, passionate volunteers. On the day of the event, staff and leadership need to prioritize mingling and networking with donors. This means well-trained volunteers are key to the actual execution of your event.

  • 8 min read
  • Sep 26, 2018 2:53:33 PM

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?

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  • Jul 11, 2018 9:11:59 AM

4 Ways to Boost Volunteer Retention [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know giving back not only helps others - it's good for you?

  • 5 min read
  • Jun 27, 2018 5:17:00 AM

3 Tips for Attractive, Functional Silent Auction Tables

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." - Will Rogers, actor

  • 11 min read
  • Jun 21, 2018 5:20:00 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

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

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

4 Things We Learned about Silent Auctions from a Hit ABC Sitcom

With spring fundraising season upon us, many nonprofits are hustling to procure quality items for their charity auctions. How can you generate higher bids on every item and make the silent auction worthwhile? In popular ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, funny guy Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, a marketing director for sporting goods retailer Outdoor Man. His wife, Vanessa, is a revered geologist doubling as leader of the PTA. See below as Vanessa and Mike attend a fundraiser for the school that includes a silent auction - and one hilarious pen-and-paper bidding war. Then see if you can spot the 4 best practices we found in the clip, plus get free downloads for your next auction (like customizable bid sheet templates).

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  • Mar 2, 2017 9:06:09 AM

When to Display Retail Values, Set Minimum Bids and More in a Silent Auction

Silent auctions are a great way to build momentum for a fundraising event, supplement live auction revenue, engage local donors and delight supporters. And as the holidays draw near, people will be interested in buying unique gifts for friends and family (and treating themselves!) while supporting your cause. As we noted in a recent infographic, most items bring in 40 to 60 percent of their retail value. So you want to follow silent auction best practices that spur final bids to the higher end of that range. If you're new to organizing auctions, you may have some of these common questions on pricing, bid sheets, timing and more: Should we put the retail value on bid sheets? How do we determine minimum bids? Do you see value in Buy Now prices? What are best practices in closing the silent auction? How do we expedite checkout? How can we avoid miscellanous problems? Read on for expert answers and practical tips for turning your auction into an exciting, lucrative shopping spree. 1. Displaying retail values Should we display the values on bid sheets? Is it illegal not to put the value? Are there any times when you would put a value on items? This is a very common question among auction organizers—is it wise to display the item's retail value in marketing materials such as bid sheets, display materials, the auction catalog and online auction site? Our take: It's typically not a good idea to include prices in your auction catalog and here's why.

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  • Nov 10, 2016 10:09:20 AM

This Simple Tool Delivers the Know-how to Raise $100,000 in One Night

Which type of fundraising event makes the most money in the shortest amount of time? Is it a golf tournament or gala, 5K run/walk or raffle? Our answer: events with auctions, and for one simple reason. They make it fun for guests to spend money quickly. At a typical auction... A nonprofit has set up a one-night-only storefront where everything must go. Donors arrive ready to compete for the best deals on unique items procured around the community. First guests browse the silent auction tables. Throw in dinner, cocktails, socializing and a good cause, and the money starts to flow very quickly. The silent auction is then closed and items sold to the highest bidder. Next comes the live auction. The energy of the evening is at its peak. A skilled benefit auctioneer taps into people’s competitive nature. She combines one-upmanship and big egos with an eager audience to ignite bidding wars. Tens of thousands of dollars are generated in a matter of minutes. These prestigious social events combine ticket sales, special cash appeals and winning bids to raise anywhere from $50,000 to $1 million in one night. So, how do they raise that kind of money? Welcome to the less glamorous side of event fundraising: Successful auctions require a ton of work and expertise. Committee chairs and legions of volunteers spend the better part of a year procuring donated items, creating displays, promoting the event, and more...all hoping the event will be both fun and profitable. Auction planning is extremely complex, and many steps can be mishandled or overlooked. Professional guidance is the key to unlocking an auction's full revenue potential. The secret to navigating the process and acheiving your event's full potential is professional guidance. Imagine having an auction expert by your side to advise best practices, track logistics and suggest hidden revenue opportunities. Wouldn't it be great knowing you've handled everything that needs to get done? That’s where Checklist Builder comes in. For months we have been developing a brand-new resource for event fundraisers in the Winspire community. Today we are proud to unveil Checklist Builder for you to try absolutely free! Read on to learn more about this new tool and how your organization can benefit.

  • 9 min read
  • Jun 23, 2016 8:51:02 AM

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