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May 25, 2018 Don’t Keep Your Silent Auction Winners in the Dark

Silent Auction Winners Display

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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May 18, 2018 Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

Crowd control at your fundraising event

I am told time and time again by our clients that the guests at their charity events are loud and it is difficult to rein them in for the fundraising. I can tell you from experience that this is a real issue and these clients have a valid concern. Early on in my career as…

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May 11, 2018 Conflicting Fundraising Events – Structured vs. Passive

Are there certain fundraising activities that compliment other types of fundraising activities? If so, which of those best work with each other? Which of them are definite “no-nos” when it comes to combining them? Let’s explore this a bit. When most nonprofits plan a live auction at their fundraising event, their second thought is usually…

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May 4, 2018 Tips for Placement of Silent Auction Sections

Silent auction sections

We’ve talked before about how I recommend our clients’ close their silent auctions, but let’s do a quick review to refresh your memory before I dig into today’s real topic. When manual bidding is used in a silent auction (at an event where there’s no mobile bidding component), I like to close the silent auction…

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April 27, 2018 A Wish Tree – The Perfect Way to Generate Extra Funds at Your Charity Auction Event

You need a Wish Tree at your next 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…

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April 20, 2018 Tips on Identifying Sections in the Silent Auction

Silent auction section tips

Silent auctions are a great way to tap into the wallets of 50% of the attendees at your fundraising event.  Within our benefit auction industry, we’ve identified that around 50% of your guests can afford to spend up to $350 or so without worrying about paying their power bill or mortgage.  Silent auctions are a…

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April 13, 2018 Silent Auction Items – How Many to Include?

How many silent auction items at your next fundraising event?

The American thought process is if some is good, then a lot is better, right?  Let’s apply this logic to a silent auction context.  The more silent auction packages you have, the better, right?  Not so fast. If you have 200 guests and you have 200 silent auction packages, what usually happens?  You will see…

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April 6, 2018 Fine Tune Your Silent Auction Closing Process

The silent auction closing process - perfected

I work with many different nonprofits who process their silent auction closings in a wide variety of ways.  I’d like to share with you a proven and easy method for closing your silent auction. To begin with, I recommend your silent auction bid sheets be printed on multi-part NCR (carbonless) paper.  You will need a…

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