Auction 101

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 »




The Auction Control Center

Before mobile bidding, if you wanted to know how much money the auction had made, everyone had to stand around waiting for the report. Sometimes you didn’t even know the auction total until the very end of the night, after all the sales had been entered manually, the fund-a-cause donations added, and the errors corrected…. Read More »


Auction Package Description Tips and Best Practices

This information and more comes from our webinar, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Auction Profits. Auction packages are a great way to maximize your efforts and your revenue. By combining several items together, you can create a one-of-a-kind experience that will attract your guests and drive up bidding. But how do you describe… Read More »


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 »