Last April I wrote about one positive point of a down economy: discounted charity auction venues.
Given the number of charity auctions which are held in hotel ballrooms and unusual venues, a falling price point for rental space is attractive for many groups. Some venues are still aggressively competing on price.
Vibrant Table Catering & Events in Portland, OR recently sent out a tweet (below)
Hey Non-Profits The Treasury Ballroom waives rental for midweek events. Great for your spring auction or fundraiser http://bit.ly/6wqnPc
Waiving the rental fee midweek?!
That caught my eye.
I’ve conducted successful midweek auctions. And with no rental fee, operating costs drop. It might be worth the switch, especially if you’ve got a flexible group.
Here in Washington, D.C., I recently heard about one popular high-priced venue (the rental fee is in the 5-figures) which had 50% fewer bookings this past September.
Knowing that, I’d be working to negotiate a great deal for my non-profit, if I knew that venue was under consideration for my own fundraiser.
If you’re in the market for a venue, keep your ears open for deals.