Silent Auction

A silent auction typically displays items around a room with bid sheets that have incremental values that donors can write their bid number on. The auction goes on for a period of time and the highest bidder will win the prize.

With technology advancements, traditional bid sheets can be replaced with online bidding done from a user’s phone. This allows for donors to manage their bids easier, usually resulting in more (and higher) bidding.

Whether you’re planning a small school auction or a black-tie gala, running a silent auction requires attention. There are a dozen questions you should ask yourself: will this be a stand-alone event or should I include a live auction? Dinner? Dancing?

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Silent Auction Bid Sheet

How to: Silent Auction Bid Sheets

You’re planning a silent auction and you’ve lined up some great items. The buzz is starting to get around and your guests are looking forward to the event. How do you create an experience for them that is as seamless and pleasant as possible? If you’re not using mobile bidding, one way to ensure the… Read More »


Guest Post: Understanding the Bidder Brain (Part 1)

Understanding the Bidder’s Brain (Part 1) All too often bidders end up overbidding as a result of one unavoidably irrational part of the bidding process – themselves. The allure and tension of an auction are familiar to most of us – let’s face it, we all like the idea of picking up a bargain. Silent auctions allow us… Read More »


Guest Post: The Do’s and Dont’s of Silent Auctions

So you’re having a fundraising event and want to incorporate a successful silent auction but you don’t know where to begin. This blog will cover silent auctions 101 with a list of do’s and don’ts.  More often than not, your number one money-maker at a fundraising auction event will not be the silent auction; however… Read More »


Nonprofit Story: Bailey House

Nonprofit Auction: Bailey House New York

Nonprofit Auction: Bailey House Gala & Auction 2014  The Bailey House nonprofit auction was a huge success and the organization threw a fabulously epic evening. They raised funds to provide housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to advocate on their behalf. Their best practice was the venue connectivity; they negotiated early and ensured seamless connectivity throughout… Read More »