A prospective client called me a few days ago. "We conduct a silent auction, a live auction, and a reverse auction," she said.A reverse auction? That was a new one for me.Perhaps more than any other activity during an auction fundraiser, cash appeals are called a variety of names.Let's describe it so we all understand what it is.A cash appeal is a direct request of the audience, asking them to make a cash donation to fund the organization. The crowd is - in effect - giving 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.
Not so long ago (like two weeks ago) I blogged about how dressing up to promote your charity auction could rank as one of those top concepts ... especially when it comes to school auction ideas. Now, I have proof. That's right. I have honest-to-goodness photographs proving that some of my fabulous school auction clients are doing just that. They are having fun, hamming it up, promoting their school auction ... by dressing up.Voici. Take a look at these shots. Here's someone clearly in a
Raffle ticket sales become a lot easier when you use this simple trick. Each guest who buys a raffle ticket should be given a visual identifier to alert others that he's purchased. This avoids the common annoyance to guests: multiple people approaching to sell raffle tickets. Assume you have three teams of volunteers roaming the crowd to sell raffle tickets for a diamond bracelet. Team #1 approaches Mr. Smith and sells him two tickets. Within minutes, Team #2 talks to him. "I just bought
When I worked as an event planner, I loved auction centerpieces. If I needed to dress the room on the cheap, I knew the trick -- Forget wall decor and divert a tad more money into the table decor.Guests spend most of their time at the table, and with the right linens and a fun centerpiece - BAM - you've got yourself a festive atmosphere. The rest of the room be damned; if the table looked good, the theme worked.But now that I teach nonprofits how to improve their return-on-investment in