Auction 101

Best Practices for No-Wait Event Registrations

This is the first in a series of posts about running a successful fundraising event night written by event service professionals. Event night professionals help to troubleshoot technology, advise on using event software, and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible on event night. Have you ever had long lines at your event while guests… Read More »

5 Ways to Get Your Board on Board with Online Bidding

Changing “the way things are done” at a nonprofit is always tough at first. And transitioning your auction event from pen-and-paper to online bidding can be an undertaking: you have to sell it to your board, teach guests about the new technology, and ensure your venue is ready and prepared for the big leap. But… Read More »

Proxy Bidders for your Live Auction

Do you want a way to include key donors in your Live Auction who aren’t able to attend your event? Even with the best planning and advanced notice, there will always be times when key donors have other commitments and can’t make it to your fundraiser. Whether you are providing mobile bidding for your silent auction… Read More »

Your Auction is Over…Now What?

Your fundraising event is over. Your donors are happy, your guests are happy, and you reached your goal. Congratulations! Now that the hard work is out of the way, what needs to happen next? Here are some suggestions on how to wrap up your event: Say your Thank You’s Thank everyone who played a part… Read More »

Adding Excitement to Your Auction

Have you ever had trouble getting your guests to move out of the silent auction into the live auction room? In one sense, it’s a nice problem to have—it means you were successful in selecting appealing packages for your silent auction. But you still need to get on with the show. What do you do?… Read More »

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What Everyone Should Know About Auction Items [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are many questions when it comes to soliciting and packaging auction items—what should we solicit, how many do we need, are there packages that perform better than others, where do I find quality items… We cover all these questions and more in the “What Everyone Should Know About Auction Items” infographic along with some… Read More »

Guest Post: Which Comes First – Venue or Auctioneer?

For the past several years the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) has put on the Benefit Auction Summit, where fundraising auctioneer professionals come together to talk through client challenges, share best practices, exchange ideas and brainstorm on dynamic new ways to help customers raise more money and achieve other non-financial goals. More than 130 colleagues attended… Read More »

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Create the Best Bid Card for an Auction or Fund-A-Need

Do you want to raise more funds at your next event? Whether it’s a live auction or a special appeal, the more you can do to help your bidders bid effectively, the more successful your fundraising will be. A well-designed bid card can help make that happen. So how do you create an effective bid… Read More »