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December 7, 2018 Brainstorming Fresh Fundraising Ideas

Refresh your charity auction fundraising event

After each charity auction we conduct a post-auction evaluation with our nonprofit clients. The group shares things they thought worked well and discusses any areas that could be improved upon. When we begin consulting with the client for the following year’s event, about four to six months out, we revisit the notes from that evaluation….

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November 30, 2018 Are the Volunteers at Your Charity Auction Informed?

charity benefit auction fundraiser

How many times has a guest asked one of your volunteers about a certain activity or a timeline detail at your charity auction event only to be told the volunteer didn’t know the answer? Keeping your volunteers informed about the various activities going on during your fundraiser is very important. I recently attended an event…

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November 23, 2018 Part Three of a Three-Part Blog Series – “Stop, Start, Keep”

This is the third and final blog of a three-part series titled “Stop, Start, Keep”. This method of analyzing a charity auction event came to me by way of a fellow fundraising auctioneer, Darron Meares. Darron is founder of Bowtie Benefit Auctions. Today we’ll focus on determining the things you should “keep” at your charity…

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November 16, 2018 Part Two of a Three-Part Blog Series – “Stop, Start, Keep”

This is the second in a three-part series of blogs titled “Stop, Start, Keep”. This method of analyzing a charity auction event came to me by way of a fellow fundraising auctioneer, Darron Meares. Darron is founder of Bowtie Benefit Auctions. In the first blog in this series we helped you identify things you need…

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November 9, 2018 Part One of a Three-Part Blog Series – “Stop, Start, Keep”

This is the first of a three-part blog series titled “Stop, Start, Keep”. This method of analyzing a charity auction event came to me by way of a fellow fundraising auctioneer, Darron Meares. Darron is founder of Bowtie Benefit Auctions. Let’s explore “stop” – the first of these three steps we’ll cover. Many nonprofits conduct…

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November 2, 2018 Unfurling That Control-Freak Flag

Tips for charity auction events

I was flying out of the Atlanta airport recently and had managed to snag seat 12C, my trusty aisle seat that I grab whenever I can get it. I love to look out of the window when flying, especially on departure and landing. It helps maintain my equilibrium. Before we took off on this particular…

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October 26, 2018 Make Your Charity Auction Event Volunteers Stand Out in the Crowd!

Charity Auction tips

In addition to live and silent auctions and Fund-A-Needs, many charities host raffles or games that tap into the smaller dollars in the room at their benefit auction fundraising events. This creates a fun atmosphere for your guests. How can you make it easy for your guests to find the volunteers who are facilitating the…

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October 19, 2018 Taking the Temperature of Your Charity Auction Fund-A-Need

Charity Auctioneer Christie King

When you conduct a fundraising event and you are using mobile bidding during the live auction, do you incorporate the visual “thermometer” that tracks the giving for the public ask during the Fund-A-Need? If you are, there is some strategy as to when the thermometer should be displayed. In this example, we are conducting an…

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