I suspect many auction planners consider their auction catalog to be a necessary evil. It might be viewed as a "must do" because allowing advertising in the piece is one of the few sponsorship benefits a company or individual receives for investing in the fundraiser. Others see it as a vehicle for sharing information about the nonprofit, describing the auction items, or even as a place to hold less interesting content, such as benefit auction rules or checkout procedures. But catalogs (or
Catalogs & Programs
I'm not making this up. Yesterday (December 1) was national Eat a Red Apple Day. I celebrated in my own way by opening the cart to my Catalog Carnival. It's a popular product that always sells out (who doesn't like to review a benefit auction catalog or two?), and yesterday seemed like a great way to honor a day that seems tailor-made for my company. Grab a benefit auction catalog set, if any remain. And today is #GivingTuesday™ (#GT), a movement launched by the 92nd Street Y in New York to
A few years ago I worked with an American Heart Association chapter located in a less populated area. Because of their size and budget differences, they approached their gala differently than the larger chapter I worked with in Washington, D.C. To conserve money on design and printing, they collaborated with two other regional AHA chapters. All three used the same gala theme each year in their respective locations. The marketing materials, forms, and even some decorative pieces of the ballroom
Here's a change for your charity auction catalog: Forego the traditional binding and opt for a ring. One of my client's - a school benefit auction committee - tried an experiment with its catalog. Instead of opting for the common binding, which is often staples or a plastic spiral binder, the committee decided to use a ring. The thinking was that the catalog would be easier to carry. A guest could loop the ring around his finger and still hold a beverage of choice while milling through
One of my Florida clients was tired of the traditional school auction catalog binding. They decided to try something that offered more glam.In this podcast, you'll learn what they liked and disliked about using a "ring" to hold the catalog together.Listen to the podcast below.