Last week I presented at Gail Perry's (of Fired Up Fundraising) events course. My topic was "Latest Fundraising Auction Success Trends: What in-the-know Auction Planners are Buzzing About Now." I commented on 10 trends in the fundraising auction industry, providing stories, context, and additional resources so participants could do a deeper dive on subjects of interest to them. Though I'm not going to provide commentary and resources in this blog post (you had to be in the course to get
My company has four auctions booked for Saturday, March 2, 2013. Last Friday, yet another school called asking if I had any auctioneers available on that date. "We thought we had one," she shared, "but apparently we don't. And here it is November and I'm calling for a March auction ..." Her voice trailed off. Yeah, she knew she was in trouble. By my count of bookings and schools I've already declined, that is 9 Washington D.C.-area schools that *I* know of competing for donations for March
A client called and wanted an opinion. "Should we move our date from fall to spring?" Personally, I think autumn charity auctions have a few advantages over spring dates. Watch the video below.
If you follow good planning principles, you can have a good charity auction, regardless of the day or time of year. But that said, I do see some distinct advantages to holding an autumn charity auction date. Listen to this podcast to hear the four reasons I believe fall dates are better. Click below to listen to the podcast.
The Chair of a school auction called me a few days ago to get my opinion. Her committee is thinking of moving its fall charity auction date to a new day and season. Traditionally the fundraiser has been held in December, but they're considering an auction date in the spring so as not to compete with their Annual Fund. "What do you think?" she asked. In one respect, it doesn't matter. As long as a committee follows the principles of conducting a successful auction, the gala can