Between five and ten years ago, I started hearing chatter about involving young professionals (YP) at the fundraising gala. "We need to get the younger generation involved," was the general vibe. In practice, this often evolved to selling a lower priced ticket to the gala. If a regular gala ticket was $150, the YP price might be $30. If the standard ticket was $500, the YP price might be $125. This reduced price ticket allowed YPs to join full-priced guests and sponsored tables for
Most of our fundraising auctions have a median age of ... well, let's just say it's not 25. If you want to attract a younger demographic, watch the video for ideas on how to incorporate younger professionals into your guest count. Watch the video below.
I received a random email blast for which I'd not signed up. In other words, spam. As I prepared to hit "delete," the words "Silent Party" caught my eye. Thinking it was something related to a silent auction, I struggled to understand the poorly written press release. Baffled, I looked at the photos and clicked the website videos. Aha, I got it. If you're seeking some silent auction entertainment ideas for 20-somethings (Millennials / young professional) crowd, this might work for
I recently posted an article on how to involve Millennials in your benefit auction. (It's almost prerequisite reading for this post.) Today you get to see a Millennial in work, and -- further bonus! - how it ties into a recent LinkedIn conversation I've been following. Aaron is my virtual intern. After I spoke at a George Washington University event management function, he came up to me and said, "Don't forget me. I'm going to be contacting you!" And he did. He's been helping with some of my
I read an interesting article about Millennials in Delta's May 2010 Sky magazine. "The M Factor" (written by generational speakers Lynne Lancaster and David Stillman) examined how Millennials were impacting the workplace. Although 'Millennials on the job' was the focus of their article, the points made are applicable to benefit auctions. I know you're managing volunteers as part of your auction responsibilities, so I'm going to apply the authors' findings to how you can attract this group and