Three of my galas this past year have had professional portraits offered on-site. The photo offers guests a remembrance of your auction fundraiser. Portrait photography works especially well for an auction gala which has co-workers attending, such as corporate and hospital foundations. Guests look spiffy, so the photos show employees in their best light (all the better, considering those photos may show up on the company intranet). Portrait photography works for four reasons. The
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It's not uncommon to have a photography donation in your silent auction. Oftentimes it's a sitting and an 8" X 10" print. Despite nice displays showcasing the photographer's work, these items are rarely commanding their value.In this podcast, learn about a new silent auction item that could replace this generous (but a little tired) donation. I generated the concept after reading a photographer's blog post.Listen to the podcast below.
If your silent auction items are similar to many galas, at least one of the items donated will be from a photographer. It's often a free sitting with one 8"X10" print. Although the item is usually displayed nicely and the photographer often has a lovely image of their work available to view, it rarely sells for top dollar. I've been seeking a way to improve this donation and recently read something that offers a fresh twist on this traditional (but tired) silent auction item. Christopher
To encourage social media posts at your fundraiser (and perhaps promote an auction sponsor), consider a photo selfie frame. I've written before about the many ways photography can be used at fundraising auctions to provide an entertainment outlet. Here are two ways nonprofits are using photo selfie frames. ================= 1. Photo selfie frames can cross-promote your nonprofit and another organization. ONEHOPE Wine has a photo selfie frame its Boston representatives take to its
In October 2017, the New York Times published a story detailing decades of allegations of sexual harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein. Throughout 2018, Weinstein has been in court fighting charges. This focuses on a less-publicized dealing -- funneling donations through a charity via its fundraising auction gala. AmFAR is the charity, and I feel badly for their leadership. You may also cringe when you read it. It's a story about a wealthy, headstrong donor directing a