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June 16, 2017 Security at Fundraising Auctions

Have you ever had an auction item mysteriously come up missing at your fundraising event? Unfortunately, some of our clients have had this happen. It is very sad that anyone has to be concerned with the security of items at a fundraiser but alas, they do. There are some steps that nonprofits can take to…

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June 9, 2017 7 Myths About Fundraising Auctions

Auctioneer’s “chants” are all the same – Not at all. An auctioneer will vary their chant depending on the type of item being sold. Automobile and cattle auctioneers are more rapid-fire with a beautiful cadence.  I love to listen to them. Personal property auctioneers are slower but not as fast as those who auction real…

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June 2, 2017 6 Ways to Communicate Live Auction Item Details at your Charity Event

A question I often get from our clients is “What are the best ways to communicate information about our live auction items to the guests at our event?” This is a really good question. Let’s start prior to the event, though. The very best practice is to send an e-blast of the live auction items…

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May 26, 2017 Consignment Items in Your Charity Silent Auction

There are a lot of great consignment companies available to nonprofits.  While I am an advocate of consignment items, I caution charities to be careful when using them. These unique and often high-end items can provide a “WOW” factor to the live auction line up.  And most of the time you can sell more than…

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May 19, 2017 An Emcee Can Make or Break Your Event

I love working with emcees at fundraising auction events. These men and women are often from local television or radio stations, or they may be members of the nonprofit’s board. When selecting an emcee, you’ll want to be sure the individual is upbeat, entertaining and has a strong presence. As a fundraising auctioneer, I like…

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May 12, 2017 How to Sell More Raffle Tickets Than Ever Before at Your Next Charity Auction

Statistics indicate that about 50% of the guests who attend your nonprofit’s fundraising event have the ability to spend up to $350.00 without worrying about paying their utility bills or mortgage. Incorporating raffles and extra revenue generating activities at your next charity auction is a great way to tap into that money and raise additional…

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May 5, 2017 Looking For New Silent Auction Package Ideas?

Our nonprofit clients are forever on the hunt for new silent auction package ideas. Today’s guest blog from Winspire may just be the inspiration you need to freshen up your fundraiser’s silent auction. Check out these 31 Ideas for Unique, Buzzworthy Silent Auction Baskets and see if it sparks an “aha” moment for you. Make…

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April 28, 2017 A Pull with a Twist

In the fundraising event world, most of us have seen the “Wine Pull” or “Wall of Wine”.  This revenue-generating activity is conducted during the cocktail hour and while the silent auction is happening. I was recently at a charity event where they had a “Scotch Wall”.  Guests paid $50.00 to win one of many available…

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