An auction chair recently email me. She wasn't happy. She'd downloaded my free Auction Item Guide, taken a peek at the auction items, and was stunned at what other charities had procured. "How do people even get these things?" she implored. I could sense all this exasperation in her email. +++++ In a hurry? Join me at this no-cost training call (7 Secrets to Procuring Great Items for your Charity Auction … without leaving your house!) this Thursday, Sept 27, 2012. UPDATE: This call has
The Washington Post recently reported that "D.C. area’s United Way tightens requirements for charity funding." You can read the article yourself, but the crux of the message is that nearly 200 smaller charities are at risk for losing funding from the United Way of the National Capital Area because the United Way is changing how groups qualify to receive money. The United Way is asking these charities to take on more responsibility for their funding. Charities must raise $50,000 themselves,
UPDATE: The call mentioned has passed. Stay abreast of future free trainings by subscribing to Benefit Auction Ideas. +++++++ I'm soon offering a call (on September 27, 2012) on auction procurement for live auctions, silent auctions, raffles, and goody bags. As a prelude to that call, here's a more unusual acquisitions tool most people don't even know exists. HARO. It stands for Help A Reporter Out. It started out as a simple, free listserve reporters would use to let subscribers know
I've said this a thousand times in the last seven years: The quicker you can start to think about your nonprofit or school auction as a business, the faster your auction will grow. Your auction should be treated like the money-making venture it is. Marketing, sales, technology, customers ... they are all components of your "business." And as your auction receives proper TLC, you'll be looking for ways to add additional revenue to nurture your growing baby. One revenue stream popular at
Looking for a new idea to spiff up your silent auction tables? Well ... if you can finagle it ... this color draws guests like flies to honey. What makes it even more unique is that the COLOR seems to be more important than the ITEM you're selling. (The video explains it all...) Watch the video below.P.S. For more helpful silent auction tips, claim your FREE subscription to "Benefit Auction Ideas". Enjoy auction ideas conveniently delivered to your in-box.