Auction 101

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 »


Non-Profit Collaboration for Added Benefits – Guest Article

In his article “Nonprofits: Do Not Be Afraid to Collaborate With One Another,” Tom Hanley shares his take on collaboration among nonprofits: “When I mention ‘collaboration’ in meetings with other nonprofit directors, I can flip a coin on their reaction: will they cringe in disgust or light up like a light bulb…. The overlying response… Read More »


A 6-Point Checklist for Guest Check-Out

During check-out your guests are eager to wrap up the loose ends of the night. They want to pick up their prizes, gather their goody bags, and end the evening on a positive note. To ensure their expectations are met means your check-out process should be donor-focused. Setting the stage for this to happen is… Read More »


Design Auction Packages With Intention, and Sell for More!

This is the fourth post in a series about holding your first fundraising event on a short timeline. While Greater Giving usually recommends our nonprofits start planning at least nine months ahead of time, that’s not always possible—so we created the The Definitive Guide to Successfully Running Your First Fundraising Auction to help you prioritize your time… Read More »



How to Pre-Promote your Auction Packages

This information and more comes from our webinar, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Auction Profits. In previous posts, we showed you how to streamline your live and silent auctions and how to create effective descriptions for your auction packages. Now that you’ve got some great auction items and you’ve described them well, how… Read More »