Auction 101

Making the Decision: Carry On, Reschedule or Go Online?

Your annual gala event is one of your most important fundraisers of the year. It’s what you, your staff and volunteers have been working on for months on end— a fundraiser that helps support the programs and good work your organization provides. What do you do when an unexpected situation happens that affects the ability… Read More »


Recognizing Exchange Sponsors at Your Silent Auction

Part 2 in our discussion about “exchange sponsors”.  Acknowledging event sponsors should always be a part of your program, but what do you do when you are working with exchange sponsors who have partnered with your regular sponsors? An exchange sponsor’s unique role as a silent auction contributor makes them more visible than the regular… Read More »



Executing a Successful Fund-A-Need Campaign

If you are looking for a way to generate a large amount of revenue for a specific need, a Fund-A-Need (FAN) campaign is an excellent option. But how do you organize it successfully? Benefit auction strategist Mark Schroeder joined us for our recent webinar, 7 Essentials to Fund-a-Need Success with Auction Brio LLC, and offered… Read More »


Upping the Ante: How to Get New Items from Your Silent Auction Gift Donors

We love all our dependable silent auction donors. Those that have always been ready and willing to donate their time, products, or services whenever called upon for your nonprofit’s auction. Their contributions have been hotly bid on in the past but, if you are noticing they are losing your bidders’ attention, maybe it’s time to… Read More »


Consider the Guest Experience at your Annual Fundraiser

Each year, the vow to impress your guests at the annual fundraiser challenges event planners to look at new and inventive ways to meet their expectations and acquire more funding than ever before. We tend to concentrate our attention on tangible items to make the event more special—exciting prizes, unique venues, memorable food and drinks—but… Read More »


The 5 Most Anticipated Silent Auction Package Themes

Silent auctions are oftentimes the most anticipated event on a fundraiser’s event schedule. You want to engage all your participants in the silent auction and sometimes that means presenting a broad range of prizes and thinking outside the box. Each year, the challenge to impress donors challenges event planners to find the latest, greatest items… Read More »


10 Themes, 100 Ideas: The Ultimate Gift Package Wish List

Tempting event guests with exciting silent auction gift packages is a great way to keep them engaged and thrilled to add to your fundraising goals. The mysterious collection of items and experiences contained inside the package creates a level of buzz that will make your annual silent auction a must-attend event for donors and their… Read More »


Constructing the Perfect Silent Auction Package

With the variety of valuable prizes contained in gift baskets, these silent auction items have become a much-anticipated item at charity events. They can range from $50 to $1000 and offer sampling of products, experiences, and services that all fall under one enticing area of interest, making them a tempting purchase for donors. For event… Read More »


3 Rules for an Inviting and Efficient Check-In

Experts tell us that impressions are made within the first thirty seconds to two minutes of a new experience. This natural instinct all of us share makes check-in a key element to the success of a fundraising event. Creating a great first impression tests your understanding of what your guests expect the moment they walk… Read More »