These are real fundraising auction donations that have been sold by nonprofits.Vasectomy Vaginal tightening Various cosmetic surgery, cosmetic procedures, and diagnostics (e.g. injections, tummy tucks, impotence evaluation) Fertility treatment (IVF)I'm fairly certain that every donation received made the gala chair wince, followed by a "How am I going to sell this" moment.Though I have sold these types of donations in live auctions, they don't belong there. First,
This spring I'm on the road working with three association clients holding fundraising auctions at their annual conference.Two associations are comprised of individual members (one in the insurance industry; the other in disaster recovery). The third client is an association for hospice organizations to join.Conference auctions are a different breed. They certainly aren't similar to school auctions, and they really aren't like standard nonprofit auctions, either.Let's dive deeper
In past posts I've written about the importance of securing the best auction donation from an author. Perhaps the most thorough post was from 2012, "Careful! Donations from book authors could be your next live *or* silent auction item."For instance, signed books are OK, but they are common. We tend to sell a collection of signed books in a silent auction.But if you secure something more juicy, we sell it in the live auction for thousands of dollars more.One of the several examples
Two weeks ago I worked with a nonprofit in Massachusetts which has a fairly unique benefit auction model.Though they share some of the same overarching goals as many of my clients (e.g. fundraising, donor stewardship, community awareness, etc.), the event has a long history of doing some things differently.Here are a few elements that make this charity auction unusual.It's a low ticket price -- $25 per person Guests dress casually; some wore shorts. It's an afternoon affair.
If a Kendra Scott jewelry store is in your area, call the community / charity relations contact in your local store. For the last two years, my clients have received generous donations from the retailer via its "Kendra Gives Back" program.Frankly, I haven't seen this kind of generosity since Keurig hit the market several years ago.Do you remember that? Not so long ago, every auction I worked had at least one Keurig coffee system in its silent auction. It was often accompanied by a