One of the articles in the August 2009 issue of Small Market Meetings was "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation Museums are on a Roll." The article discussed the many types of events held in transportation museums. I haven't conducted any galas in a transportation museum yet, but I do have experience conducting galas in unusual fundraising auction venues, like an executive airplane hangar. In this podcast, learn a bit about what you'll want to consider when you're thinking about
It's not uncommon to have a photography donation in your silent auction. Oftentimes it's a sitting and an 8" X 10" print. Despite nice displays showcasing the photographer's work, these items are rarely commanding their value.In this podcast, learn about a new silent auction item that could replace this generous (but a little tired) donation. I generated the concept after reading a photographer's blog post.Listen to the podcast below.
We can all use some fresh auction centerpiece ideas, and LEDs might be the answer for you.Candles can ignite paper and flowers, and of course, they burn out. In contrast, low-heat LEDs have a long-life battery, are submersible, and just look cool. Integrate them into your next auction centerpiece and watch your guests want to take them home. (Not a bad idea, if you're selling the centerpieces.)The podcast has information on a company offering newfangled LEDs.Listen to the podcast below.
Venice is a popular fundraising auction theme, and it's relatively easy to carry out. Though most people associate Venice firstly with its canals, its infamous Carnival is a close second. The elaborate Venetian masks worn at Carnival are an easy addition to your silent auction and gala tables. It's easy to decorate with them. In this podcast, learn how a school and nonprofit used Venetian masks as part of their auction theme.Click below to listen to the podcast.
When I worked as an event planner for GE, I would have been mortified to inadvertently overlook a detail which could have shut down my event. But with so many rules to follow from municipal, state, and federal bodies,it's difficult to stay on top of everything.Licensing varies greatly from location to location, but listen to this podcast to learn of the three most common mistakes that happen with licensing, as it relates to fundraising auctions.Click below to listen to the podcast.