Mobile Bidding

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 »


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 »



Online Bidding

How to Introduce Online Bidding to Your Guests

Online bidding is a trend here to stay in nonprofit fundraising—for good reason! Organizations who adopt online bidding report steep jumps in the quality of guests’ experience, and in their overall fundraising. Some nonprofits see bidding become much more competitive, because they’re able to extend silent auctions into dinnertime, and people start bidding before the… Read More »



How To Rethink Your Fundraising Event

Do you wonder if all the hard work that goes into a fundraising event is worth it in the end? We talk with nonprofits all the time who invest tons of hours, dollars and volunteers only to pull off a fundraising event without seeing results. If that sounds like your organization, it may be time to take a hard… Read More »


Sponsorship Opportunities: Tips for Fundraisers

Offering and securing a variety of sponsorship opportunities for a fundraising event can be one of the most important measurements of success. Yet, soliciting and securing sponsorships is one of the most intimidating parts of the job. We often feel nervous making the ask—coming right out and putting a dollar value on our request for support…. Read More »


Bidding Assistants

Using Volunteers as Bidding Assistants

Adopting new technology always entails a transition phase. You can make this transition much easier for your donors by providing Bidding Assistants at your next event. These volunteers are very visible in a crowd and help your guests place bids, navigate their smart phones and answer any questions they might have. So how do you turn… Read More »