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April 20, 2018 Tips on Identifying Sections in the Silent Auction

Silent auction section tips

Silent auctions are a great way to tap into the wallets of 50% of the attendees at your fundraising event.  Within our benefit auction industry, we’ve identified that around 50% of your guests can afford to spend up to $350 or so without worrying about paying their power bill or mortgage.  Silent auctions are a…

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April 13, 2018 Silent Auction Items – How Many to Include?

How many silent auction items at your next fundraising event?

The American thought process is if some is good, then a lot is better, right?  Let’s apply this logic to a silent auction context.  The more silent auction packages you have, the better, right?  Not so fast. If you have 200 guests and you have 200 silent auction packages, what usually happens?  You will see…

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April 6, 2018 Fine Tune Your Silent Auction Closing Process

The silent auction closing process - perfected

I work with many different nonprofits who process their silent auction closings in a wide variety of ways.  I’d like to share with you a proven and easy method for closing your silent auction. To begin with, I recommend your silent auction bid sheets be printed on multi-part NCR (carbonless) paper.  You will need a…

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March 30, 2018 Easter Greetings!

Happy Easter from C King Benefit Auctions

Regardless of your faith this Easter weekend, we encourage you to make time for family and friends. Maybe make that phone call you’ve been meaning to make. And be sure to let your loved ones know that you love them. We don’t do that often enough. Reflect on your blessings and be grateful for them….

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March 23, 2018 Decorations at your Charity Auction

Decorations for your charity auction need thought

I love it when I walk into a venue and see evidence that the decorations committee has gone all-out.  Creative talent can truly transform a room. But there are a few things committees need to keep in mind when pulling out all of the stops. Table votives look really pretty when the room’s lighting is…

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March 16, 2018 Christie and Jean are Certified Auctioneers Institute Bound!

Christie and Jean headed to Certified Auctioneers Institute

It’s that time of year again – Jean and I are headed to Indiana University! The National Auctioneers Association hosts their Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) course on the IU campus in Bloomington. CAI is a three-year course which participants attend for a week each of those three years.  We will have auction professionals from all…

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March 9, 2018 Is Your Fundraising Live Auction a Bit Drab? Here’s an Idea!

Charity live auction item ideas

As we arrive at full fundraising mode this spring, I am reminded how creative some of our clients can be when it comes to their live auction item presentations. When auctioning the live items, the presentation of each one doesn’t have to be limited to simply describing and selling the item. This can be SO…

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March 2, 2018 Step and Repeat at your Charity Auction Event

Christie enjoying a Step and Repeat

More and more of our clients are incorporating a Step and Repeat at their benefit auction events. This activity involves a staging area where guests can take pictures, often with various props. During the cocktail/silent auction time, guests enjoy the opportunity to take part in activities in addition to bidding on the silent auction items….

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