I refer to auction games, raffles, and activities as the “bells and whistles” of benefit auctions. It's an understatement to call them revenue generators as they do more than make you money. These are the fun add-ons designed to address specific problems, involve the crowd, trigger fun, attract press, and (yes) make you money. Today’s post addresses the “attract press” piece. Many groups seem decent at securing post-gala publicity, but it's the pre-event recognition that will help you sell
I’ve said it, and I’ve heard others say it: Charity auctions should emphasize the mission of the nonprofit.Maybe part of the program is devoted to telling the nonprofit’s story. Maybe every live or silent auction item sold has a tie to the mission. Maybe the benefit auctioneer inserts one-liners like, “Remember, .90 cents of every dollar you donate feeds the homeless.”I agree with a mission-focus. But galas also need to be fun. It's rewarding to hear about improved health care and
Imagine you're walking through the mall. Banana Republic is on the left. Crate and Barrel is on the right. In the middle are kiosks. Kiosks are those mini-stores. They are movable carts which never move. Kiosk workers hawk products like Rosetta Stone language training CDs, NeatReceipts for businessmen on-the-go, and bejeweled faux hair clip ponytails to transform any girl into a rock star. Some kiosks workers push into the crowd to fish for clients. “Sit down,” invites the young man selling a
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.
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. With so many rules to follow from municipal, state, and federal bodies, it's difficult to stay on top of everything. As a benefit auctioneer Florida ... and in Virginia ... and in Kentucky ... and in New Hampshire .. and in some other states, I've learned that licensing varies greatly from location to location. Nonetheless, here are three more common