Check your calendar. A nice silent auction basket idea will soon blossom. Very soon ... starting in May here in Washington, D.C. ... most garden clubs will begin their annual tours. Sometimes these tours are free, but often there is a charge associated with them. The prestige of the garden club will dictate whether you are paying $5 or $40 to tour a home owner's private garden space. Established groups like the Georgetown Garden Club will sell tickets at a higher price point than smaller
Last October I wrote about how dining at the Chef's Table can be a popular auction item to sell (and a relatively easy item to procure). If you're already asking for a donation, why not see if the chef has a table in the kitchen and ask if that could be the special table for your winning bidders? Earlier this month on Twitter, I caught a link to the Chicago Business Journal. Shia Kapos wrote on this very subject. "Chef dinners on the charity auction block: a behind-the-scenes look" visits with
With the winter solstice this week and snow in the forecast, we're in the heart of winter. If it feels like a sleigh ride might be on your "to do" activity list this season, don't forget to ask for a donation! Here are a some pointers around procuring a sleigh ride for your silent auction. Always ask. Spring and summer auction teams might not yet have the "procurement mindset" and may fail to remember to ask for a donation, even as they enjoy the sleigh ride with their own family. Don't be
It's a common question from clients. They want to know how many auction items they should sell in their live auction. "Do you think 12 is too many?" they'll ask.I contemplate these questions in the same way I'd think about prunes: "Will three get the job done? ... Is eight too many?" ;)In this podcast, learn the factors that go into determining how many auction items you should have you in your gala. You'll be able to figure out the perfect number for your gala.Listen to the podcast below.
"Sherry, how many live auction items do you recommend we sell in our charity auction?" I hear this question regularly and contemplate it in the same way I'd think about prunes: "Will three get the job done? ... Is eight too many?" ;) Here's what I've learned: If the gala's timeline has already been determined, my recommendation doesn't matter. A specific amount of time ... 20 minutes ... 45 minutes ... 70 minutes ... has been allotted. Now I need to work with the client to choose the items