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August 10, 2018 Big Crowd vs Big Spenders

I’ve had numerous conversations with nonprofits about guests’ attendance at their fundraising events.  It usually goes something like this: I ask “How many guests attend the event?”.  They’ll answer 300, 500, 700 or even 1,000 guests.  I’ll respond, “That’s great, but how many of those guests will spend money that night supporting your organization’s mission”? …

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August 3, 2018 Why Are You Doing That?!?

Delegate tasks for your fundraising event

OK, executive directors, auction chairs, board members, nonprofits leaders…I know you are all doing it. Heck, I’M doing it! What am I talking about? I’m talking about taking on tasks or activities that you shouldn’t be doing. Why are we doing these particular things in the first place? Could it be that you are prone…

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July 27, 2018 The Beach, Lots of Starfish and a Lesson

Starfish encouragement

There was a woman walking on the Gulf Coast beach one morning at sunrise. As she strolled along, she noticed a starfish being washed up by the waves.  She bent over and tossed it back into the water. As she continued on her morning walk, the woman noticed another starfish and then another onshore. She…

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July 20, 2018 Consignment Items in Your Charity Silent Auction

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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July 13, 2018 Look for Lots of Auctioneers in Jacksonville, Florida Next Week!

National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show 2018

Today I am off to Jacksonville, Florida for the National Auctioneers Association’s 69th International Auctioneers Conference & Show. I look forward to this event every year and am always excited to be joining over 1,000 auction professionals from all over the world as we gather for education and networking. Not only does this event allow…

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July 6, 2018 A Long Time Coming

Watch our new video!

For a long time, I’ve wanted to capture on video and share with our prospects just exactly what it is that C King Benefit Auctions does to help nonprofits attain (and exceed!) their fundraising goals. But where do you start? With the help of Caley Newberry of Caley Newberry Photography and Jordan Mahy of Mahy…

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June 29, 2018 How to Sell More Raffle Tickets Than Ever Before at Your Next Charity Auction

How to sell more raffle tickets at your 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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June 22, 2018 A Special Appeal – What Is It and Do We Want It?

Christie asking for donations

Many non-profits host a live and silent auction in order to raise much needed revenue.  These methods are very popular and profitable but require labor to get the donations, store them, and display them at the event.  In addition, most guests attending a fundraising event know they will spend money in support of the non-profit. …

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