Three years ago I wrote a post listing eleven different options for benefit auction venues.
As 2019 ends, I thought it would be fun to take a review of my year and note where my clients held their fundraising auctions.
Here were the most popular types of benefit auction venues in 2019.
- Hotels: Over 20 clients held their fundraiser in a hotel. Hotels are typically the easiest option. They have all the needed components for an auction: flexible space, food and beverages, restrooms, electricity, parking options, A/V options, etc.
- School facility: Ten school auction clients opted to hold their auction on the school grounds, such as in a gym or theater.
- Catering hall: Four clients opted to host their fundraisers in a catering hall. Much like hotels, these venues are easy choices because they’re equipped with the elements one needs to run events. And unlike a hotel property, there is also no chance of a hotel guest casually sauntering through your fundraiser.
- Historical building: Five clients opted to rent a private facility that was originally built to serve a different purpose. These include some museums, a loading dock, and a ballroom.
And here were the more unusual types of auction venues in 2019. Each of these was selected by one or two clients this past year.
- Church /religious fellowship hall
- Country club
- Sports stadium
- Office building lobby
- Art gallery
- Horse arena
- Convention center
- A retired icebreaker ship now serving as a sailing club
- Live music venue
- Airplane hanger
Interesting venues can draw guests to your fundraiser, freshening up a tired auction. On the flip side, non-standard venues offer their own set of challenges.