Auction 101

Finding the Silent Auction Sweet Spot

Ask someone for advice on the number of packages needed to make a silent auction truly shine and you might receive a response like, “as many as you can get.” When planning a benefit, we generally don’t spend time worrying about procuring too much; if anything, we worry about not having enough. But dig a… Read More »


Top 5 Tips on Check-In and Check-Out

They say people form an impression in the first five seconds, and leave with an impression that, once set, is not easily changed. That’s exactly why the presentation and functioning at check-in and check-out is vitally important if you want to leave a positive and lasting impression on your event’s guests. The big question is;… Read More »


Silent Auction Leaderboard

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Leaderboard

If you haven’t used a leaderboard before, now is the time to try one out. We’ve talked on the blog before about how useful they are to driving fundraising in live auctions and appeals. But running a leaderboard (or a few leaderboards) at your event can do even more. Promote engagement with your silent auction… Read More »


Visual Appeals Drive More and Bigger Donations

Fundraising “thermometers” have long been a staple of fundraising because they get people excited about achieving the goal. We love, once upon a time, when we scribbled the latest progress with marker on a foam board. But now, we have a lot more flexibility with on-screen displays—often known as “leaderboards”—on websites, and even at live… Read More »


18 New Fundraising Ideas for 2018

It’s a new year, with new challenges and opportunities to increase fundraising goals and create memorable events. Turn a fresh eye towards event planning with these eighteen fundraising themes for 2018. Go on a Treasure Hunt Treasure hunts are always popular with people of all ages, because they’re exciting and interactive. Map out a fun… Read More »


Keep Your Donation Appeal Fresh with Effective Language

Just as in the business world, a non-profit’s appeal messaging to their donors requires ongoing updates to keep communication engaging enough to motivate donors to act. Predictable, rehashed appeals fail to grab attention and will often fall on the proverbial “deaf” ear if it’s too similar to pitches they’ve seen before. Lucky for us, the… Read More »


Online Bidding - Using Text Messaging

Keep Guests Bidding and Updated with Text Messages

If you manage benefit auctions, finding the best way to communicate with bidders en masse at events is an important aspect of a successful event. How do we let them know the silent auction’s about to close if they’re in the bathroom and can’t hear the emcee? And trying let guests that you’ve extended the… Read More »


The Five W’s of Event Revenue Enhancers

Have you considered additional revenue opportunities? At your next fundraising event, you are likely planning on incorporating a silent auction, live auction, and donation appeal. But, Items like raffles, wine pulls, and games can add a lot more than just dollars to your event. Here is a look at the five W’s – why, who,… Read More »


Help! My Check-out Is a Mess

Long lines aren’t just a problem at Disney World, they can be an instant auction killer. When I ask someone if they’re considering an auction, live or silent, as part of their annual fund to raise money for the nonprofit or school they’re closest to, I usually get one of two reactions: We used to… Read More »


Making the Most of Mobile Technology

This is the fifth in a series of posts about running a successful fundraising event night, written by event service professionals. Event service professionals help troubleshoot technology, advise on using event software, and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible at auctions. Professional event services consultants like me, working the front lines of fundraising events, have witnessed… Read More »