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April 21, 2017 Change Doesn’t Have to Hurt

As professional fundraising auctioneers, we build long lasting relationships with the charities with whom we work.  We teach them about the best fundraising practices and bring fresh ideas to keep their event fun and profitable year after year.  We also become vested in their causes. How could you not when you are working closely with…

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April 14, 2017 Easter Greetings!

Happy Good Friday! Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter weekend. Regardless of your faith, I encourage you to do a couple of things over the next few days. Make time for friends and family.  We get so caught up in the rat race of life that we often push those…

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April 7, 2017 Sound Sabotage

Fundraising events

I recently conducted an auction event that was sold out. This was a great event – the decorations were second to none and the evening included fabulous live and silent auction items. When I did my sound and lighting check upon arrival at the venue I immediately realized the sound company had not provided a…

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March 31, 2017 Help Your Donors Inspire Other Donors

Do you have one or two donors at your charity auction who spend a LOT of money?  More so than anyone else in the room?  I had this situation at a recent event. The guest in question was very public about his giving.  He bought several items in the live auction and was very philanthropic…

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March 24, 2017 Don’t Keep Your Silent Auction Winners in the Dark

How often have you facilitated a fundraising event and had winners of silent auction items leave without paying for said items? It happens all of the time.  Why do you think this is the case? Most often, it’s not because the winning bidder chose to skip out without the item. This usually happens when the…

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March 17, 2017 Christie and Jean Are Off to Bloomington for the Certified Auctioneers Institute

It’s that time of year again for auction professionals to gather at Indiana University for the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI).  The CAI designation is offered by the National Auctioneers Association and is the highest level of education available for auction professionals. Students attend one week a year for three years to complete the designation, which…

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March 10, 2017 Don’t Forget the Driver!

mobile bidding

Several years ago, mobile bidding burst onto the scene of fundraising.  It started out as a tool for the silent auction and has progressed from use there to the Fund-A-Need and other portions of nonprofit fundraising events. When using mobile bidding, all of the work by the nonprofit is done up front. In other words,…

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March 3, 2017 Avoiding Gift Certificate Headaches at Your Fundraiser

While I work a lot of fundraising events, I also attend many as a guest.  One thing I’ve noticed from both of those perspectives is a particular no-no when it comes to facilitating the use of gift certificates. On many occasions, I’ve seen original gift certificates used in the silent and/or live auction item displays….

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