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 don't subscribe to Cigar Aficionado. Or I didn't think I did.Recently one of the magazines mysteriously appeared on my doorstep. It reminded me of some great items you should be procuring for your silent auction.Listen to the podcast below.
Smoking is one of those habits many wish to break. Unless you're part of a spiritual community that bans it at your gala, hit "print" and use this article to make money on that vice. Cigars sell. You might not like smoking. You might like pipes but not cigars. You might smoke cigarettes, but hate cigar smoke. It matters not. Unless you're the big spender procuring and buying ALL of the items at your gala, check any righteous attitude you hold. Do what's best for the cause -- procure some
With the new year brings a return to routines. I'm attending many committee meetings and watching volunteers working hard on spring auctions. The questions I'm asked most center around charity auction procurement. And no wonder! It's one of those make-or-break areas of an auction gala. If you don’t nail it – if you can’t get the right items -- your guests won’t be bidding and you won’t be raising money. Some of the more frequent questions committees have are:Who likes to donate? Which
It's one of the biggest stresses of any auction committee ... where to get items. If you're involved in a first year event, the item procurement process is especially tedious. Knowing what items to get -- and WHERE to get them -- is overwhelming. To help you understand the process at a high level, here are the three primary ways to procure charity auction items. (And I'm guessing that you've never heard of #3!) (UPDATE: The Tech Teleseries mentioned in the video has passed. Stay abreast of