April 27, 2018 A Wish Tree – The Perfect Way to Generate Extra Funds at Your Charity Auction Event
There are a lot of different ways to raise money at fundraising events. One of the simplest has been around for a long while. If you’ve heard of a Wish Tree before, this is a reminder that it’s a good way to generate extra revenue at your next event. If you’ve not heard of a Wish Tree, here’s how it works.
You’ll purchase or create a prop in the shape of a tree. Cut out paper “leaves” and using various price points, print or write a price point on one side of each leaf and a particular need your nonprofit has that this price point will fund on the other side.
I’ve seen these amounts range from $5 up to $2,500. Some examples would be a book for the school library for $15 or a piece of playground equipment for $2,500.
During the silent auction and/or cocktail time, guests will choose a leaf from the tree with the item they want to “buy” for the nonprofit. Depending on your collection system, volunteers can process payment on the spot or add the purchase to the guests’ bid number for processing at checkout.
Presentation is important with a Wish Tree so you’ll want an eye-catching display with colorful leaves and lights…lots of lights! Use your imagination!
Don’t forget to celebrate the purchases your nonprofit is able to make from the sale of these Wish Tree leaves. Your professional fundraising auctioneer or a member of your team can let the audience know what their generosity has provided to your organization with an announcement during the event. Everyone loves to feel like they are a part of something successful.
A Wish Tree is a perfect addition to your fundraising auction event but can also be used in other settings to raise money for your mission.
Make every minute a revenue generating minute!
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