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.
My most recent auction was in upstate New York, working with Adirondack Health Foundation.I've worked with this creative development staff for three years, and I'm impressed that they've held their fundraising gala in a new location every year.In today's post I'm going to share a few reasons as to why you might want to consider changing your auction venue. But first I think you'd enjoy seeing a video recap of the hospital's gala, "The Black & White Bow Tie Gala." Here it
An elementary school client asked for some game and design ideas. She and her committee are considering a carnival-esque auction theme for their annual fundraiser next year.Imagine red and white stripes. Family entertainment. Festive games. Finger food. "Something to do for everyone," she concluded.Here are video clips I compiled over the last three years, each featuring a different school with a different theme, but yet all three auction themes have the vibe she
I have an old video (it was my first video ever) that educates on what makes for a good fundraising auction bid paddle.It's hideous. It has all the markings of a first-time video, including awkward speaking, less-than-perfect audio, and bad hair.But the content is good.Even 9 years later, people comment on the video, thanking me for the information that helped them decide on a good bid paddle for their fundraiser.One idea the video doesn't share is the idea of reusable bid
Here's a quick tip on how to improve your auction item displays when you're offering a trip in either the silent or live auction.Use a photo book in your display. "Photo book" is the name I give to books (and I use the term "books" loosely) which feature photos of the inside of the property, outside of the property, and activities to do in the area.Think of it as a handmade version of a traditional coffee table picture book.Sometimes these books are a few pieces of paper stapled