Host a Free Charity Auction - Make the Most of Your Sponsors November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am Successful nonprofits survive on faithful sponsors. The next time a sponsor comes to your charity organization with a donation, use that money to make more money by hosting a charity auction. Fundraising auctions can be conducted with little cost and if done correctly could multiply that sponsor\'s original donation a hundred fold.
Charity Auctions - Invite the Right Audience November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am The most successful fundraising auctions focus more on getting the right people at their benefit event rather that getting as many people as they can. Experienced charity auction planners know that they have a limited number of seats available at their event and want to fill those with donors who have the most giving potential. Here are some ideas to help you develop the best audience for your charity auction.
Charity Auction Planning - Find Your Supporters First November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am Every successful nonprofit organization has them, in fact, none could survive without them. When asked, every successful nonprofit can tell you their names, phone numbers, and addresses. Chances are, they have called them in a crisis situation and received crucial aid. They are the heroes of the nonprofit organization; they are the vital donors, those devotees that keep it all going. If your nonprofit does not have these VIP\'s information readily available, you will need to do some ground work before your charity auction.
Charity Auctions - Determining Ticket Price November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am It can be difficult to settle on a price to charge your guest for attending your charity auction. Fear of turning away possible attendees with higher prices or, on the other hand, the fear of not sufficiently covering the costs of the event can cause great stress when planning your fundraising auction. Several factors come into play when determining the price you should charge for tickets to your charity auction event.
Our Private School\'s Attendance Numbers Are Down - What Do We Do? November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am Recently, many private schools have seen a decrease in attendance numbers and that is causing a financial crunch in their budget. In investigating the cause of the decline, schools are finding that the main source of the problem is that the withdrawing family\'s budget cannot support a private education any longer. Some schools have tried to offer a solution by creating a financial aid program.
New Idea For a Trade Show - Have a Charity Auction November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am You might be thinking that benefit auctions are just for charity organizations, but this is very far from the truth. Many associations are hosting annual auctions and donating the proceeds to a worthy cause. A great way to attract media attention and add a unique quality to your next trade show could be to include a live benefit auction.
The Best Scariest Haunted House - Adding an Experience to Your Charity Auction November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am The best scariest haunted house might be able to dramatically change your benefit auction into the hottest event of the year. Some people spend big money on tickets to haunted houses. Adding an experience like this will increase the value of the tickets to your charity auction event and get more attention for the benefit of your cause.
For-Profit Companies Adding Not-For-Profit Ideas to Help the Community November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am Regardless of the size of your for-profit business, you can also choose to leave a legacy in your community and also open a door to increased business by creating sensational public relations. When employees and customers know that your business is giving back to the community, they will feel a greater motivation to be loyal to your business. On the marketing side, seeing your business\' name as a donor and sponsor over and over will bring that "top of the mind awareness" that all successful businesses desire.
Charity Auction Slogans, Like Obama\'s "Change" November 08, 2009 12:00:00 am When marketing your charity auction event, having a good slogan is very important. In the business world, it is vital for a company to be able to sum up their advertising with a short, catchy phrase. Marketing a fundraising auction is no different.
Church Tithing at Historic Lows, Aided by Charity Auctions November 06, 2009 12:00:00 am When the economy goes south, attendance at places of worship tends to rise while giving decreases. People are looking for answers but, at the same time, their finances are tightening. The first step for many churches will be to attempt cutbacks. Church members usually would like to help fix the financial problem and are willing to participate in the solution. In the past several years, numerous churches have started hosting annual charity auctions.
Charity Auctions Help Save Our Schools! November 06, 2009 12:00:00 am Many schools seem to be in a financial budget crunch and a lot of times the first things that seem to be short on funds is the music and arts programs. A great solution to this problem is for the school to host a professional live auction with a silent auction as well. Students love to get involved in projects like this and will learn a lot of important skills in the process.
How to Raise Money For a Charity November 06, 2009 12:00:00 am So if you are like most of us, you want to change the world but see no way to make it happen. It might be easier than you think. Organizing a charity auction to benefit your favorite nonprofit is one of the best ways to help them raise money.
Sesame Street Turns 40! November 05, 2009 12:00:00 am Sesame Street has long been a popular children\'s television show that combines entertainment with education. The show launched on November 10th, 1969 and is the longest running children\'s show in U.S. history. According to USA Today, Sesame Street has its largest audience ever with 8 million viewers in over 120 countries.
The Doors We Open and Close Each Day Determine the Lives in Which We Live November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am I was reading an article last week in the Denver Post dated August 24th 2009 entitled "Colorado Foreclosures: Wanting a Piece of the Auction." It dawned on me that this ever-growing sector of the auction industry, real estate, is being gobbled up by huge auction companies because of one reason -- tenacity.
Creative Charity Auction Items Support New Year\'s Resolutions November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am What are the most popular New Year\'s resolutions? They are: lose weight, get out of debt, save money, get a better job, eat right, and get better grades. At your next charity auction, find a way to help your donors achieve their goals.
Charity Auctions - Energizing Your Staff With Competitions November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am So, you are planning a charity auction event. Congratulations, you have made a great fundraising choice. But how do you get your staff or volunteers motivated to contribute 100% to the event? Try a little friendly competition.
Charity Auction - Get the Men Bidding With Makeover Packages November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am When planning a charity auction, one of the most important tasks is acquiring items that will be sold at the live and silent auctions. The best philosophy is not just getting as many items as possible, but more financially vital is getting the right type of items.
Donated Auction Items - Free Tickets to 2009 World Series? November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am Whether it is football, soccer, basketball, hockey, or cricket, when those seasons come around, we all know someone who gets the sports fever. People will do anything, even the unspeakable, to get tickets to big sports events. How can we capitalize on this infatuation at charity auctions?
Dinner With Warren Buffet to Be Sold at Benefit Auction November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am This is the best example of a once in a lifetime opportunity at auction that I have seen and the kind of item you want donated for your charity event. There is little chance of getting Warren Buffett to offer a dinner experience for your auction guests, but who else might your bidders want to spend time with? Do those in your audience have a common interest that is unique to your group?
Taylor Mitchell and Nonprofit Foundations November 04, 2009 12:00:00 am Taylor Mitchell showed signs of being a great success in the folk music industry at the young age of 19. Her new album, "For Your Consideration", was well-liked and led her nomination for the Canadian Folk Music Award for young performer of the year! Tragedy struck while hiking Tuesday in the highlands of Nova Scotia, when she was attacked by two coyotes.
Bank Failures Topping 100, Affecting Nonprofit Organizations November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am How is the economy affecting your nonprofit foundation\'s ability to get bank loans this year? While it is prudent to make your organization run leaner and more efficient, now is not the time to try to trim your budget by reducing the money spent on fundraising. That could be a fatal mistake for your nonprofit organization. It is time to get creative and look for new ways to fundraise.
Charity Auctions Versus Jay Leno? November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am By the time the television show starts and is live on the air, there is little that can be done to affect the show, just like an auction. It\'s the time and hard work spent before the event that will make the night a success. To have an event filled with energy and guests that aren\'t just following the mundane motions of going to a fundraising auction, but are involved, excited, and emotionally connected to the charity auction, takes the commitment and professionalism of a group of knowledgeable people ready for the curtain call.
Charity Auctions - Using a Cash Call November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am Auctions are an excellent way to raise needed funds for worthy causes. They are also a valued social event for the people who enjoy attending them, whether they are directly involved with the cause or charity, or simply people from the community who like going to and participating in these events. Whatever the reason, you can bring a much more successful outcome to your live or silent auction through the use of a Cash Call, also called the Special Appeal, Fund-A-Need, Emotional Appeal, Bid for a Cause, or Bid for a Cure.
Fundraising Ideas in Economic Downturn November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am Our current economic climate has meant a lot of belt tightening throughout our communities. Everywhere you turn people and companies are cutting back on their spending and excursions. The same is true for benefit auctions and other charitable fund raising events. However, you can still hold a successful event in spite of a faltering economy.
Charity Auction - Setting Your Fundraising Auction Revenue Goal November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am Setting a net revenue goal for your benefit auction is one of the most important elements of planning your fundraiser. It is necessary for your nonprofit staff and volunteers to have a target to shoot for when creating the charity event. But estimating how much fundraising money could be raised at your silent auction and live auction can seem difficult, especially if this is your first charity auction event.
Charity Auction - Using the Internet November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am The internet is vital to your success, whether you are an auctioneer or a nonprofit organization. If you are in the world of business and are not using all that the internet has to offer -- blogs, social networks and all the other streams -- because you feel it takes up too much time or it is just used for socializing, you are not maybe losing revenue, you are losing revenue.
Charity Auctions - Use Videos With Emotional Appeals November 03, 2009 12:00:00 am The guests at your charity auction need to be informed and emotionally tied to your organization to become your donors. Videos are an easy and effective way to create "buy in" for your nonprofit. Short and sweet, they can boost your emotional appeal over the top.
Charity Auctions and Halloween Themes October 31, 2009 12:00:00 am All successful benefit auctions offer lots of "treats" -- the silent auction, games, live auction, and emotional appeal, but how can you make the event more memorable for your guests? Halloween always sparks many people\'s creativity for wild themed costumes and fun creative parties.
Live Charity Auctions - What to Sell? October 27, 2009 12:00:00 am The best items to sell at your charity auction are one-of-a-kind opportunities that have no limit to their value. Things that are not easily obtained elsewhere will create the most profitable bidding wars and intense excitement in the audience.
Benefit Auction - Volunteer Or Auctioneer? October 27, 2009 12:00:00 am It may seem economically sensible to allow a volunteer to conduct the charity auction for your nonprofit organization, but the best way to generate more revenue and make your event more enjoyable for your audience is to hire a professional charity auctioneer.
Charity Auctions - Do We Need Ringmen? October 27, 2009 12:00:00 am Ringmen, also called bid-spotters or floor staff, work with the auctioneer to watch for bids in the crowd, make bidders aware of their position in the bidding, and encourage bidders to raise their bid. A professional charity auction floor staff is more than just bid-spotters. They are highly trained and entertaining salespeople whose goal is to encourage the bidding not only during the live charity auction, but the silent auction as well. Most benefit auctions see dramatic increases in their revenues with professional floor staff to assist the charity auctioneer.
Charity Auction - Assigning Tasks to Volunteers October 05, 2009 12:00:00 am This is a list of the basic responsibilities that must be fulfilled in order to conduct a successful auction. Your organization may add to this list if other needs exist and the volunteers are available.
Charity Auction - Sound, Lighting, and Staging For Fundraising Auctioneers October 05, 2009 12:00:00 am Hosting a charity auction takes hours of planning and effort to organize. Some important details that should not be forgotten are the sound system, lighting, and staging for the benefit auctioneer. Far from insignificant, these elements of your fundraising auction can have a positive affect on your bottom line if used correctly.
Charity Auctions - Making Budgets to Meet Your Goals October 05, 2009 12:00:00 am While planning for your charity event, it is vital to set a budget and make a financial goal. For many nonprofits, the benefit auction is an important annual source of revenue, if not the largest. It is critical that you have clear objectives in mind, so that as your team is making the arrangements, they will work hard to meet the goals.
Charity Auctions - Planning Ahead For a Successful Auction October 05, 2009 12:00:00 am What does it mean to have a successful auction? Success is receiving every potential donation that is in the hands of every guest as they walk into your event. Many organizations do not realize this potential and allow those donations to walk right back out the door again. To maximize the funds available from your donors, learn the best way to run a charity auction and be organized.
Benefit Auctioneer Qualities - Number 2 Salesman September 04, 2009 12:00:00 am This may seem like a given, but not all benefit auctioneers are born salesman. As the saying goes, a great salesman can sell ice cubes to an Eskimo and make them feel glad they bought it. The successful benefit and charity auctioneer works very hard and tries every strategy to get the most revenue for your non profit organization.
Charity Auction Items - The Best May Be Free September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am One of the challenges of hosting benefit auctions is finding suitable items that your attendees will eagerly want to bid on. It can be difficult at times to find enough donated items to fill your auction roster. Those are the times to get creative and find novel solutions to your problem.
Benefit Event Scheduling Ideas - Maximize Your Auction September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am It\'s amazing what a difference in scheduling will make to the success of a benefit auction. By arranging your program based on the style of event you are holding, you can raise even more money for your worthy cause.
Charity Auction - Participation Booster September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am Most charity and other fundraising events use a combination of activities to raise money. These activities include live auctions, silent auctions, special appeals, and raffles. A very simple and easy way to get an even higher level of participation is by employing colorful visual cues for your raffles.
Benefit & Charity Auction Items - Alternatives to Consignment September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am For your charity auction to reach it\'s potential, you should try to avoid selling consignment items. While in some situations, it may be the easiest way to obtain items, there are so many possible alternatives. With a little bit of time and creativity, you can present to your guests that your items are truly donated and that 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity.
Charity Auctions - Selling Items Donated Versus Consigned September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am There are many choices when deciding what items to sell at a charity auction for silent and live items. Many auctions use items that are donated by volunteers and members of the nonprofit organization and hopefully, items are also donated from local businesses. However, some charities choose to offer high-valued consignment items to sell at their benefit auction. You should understand the positive and negative outcomes this may have.
Gift Certificates at Your Charity Auction September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am Gift certificates are a very common item sold at a charity auction. Businesses who donate them see the benefit of marketing their company and get customers in the door. There are many ways to sell the certificates at your charity auction and it is very possible to sell them for more than the face value of the certificate.
Benefit Auction Tip - Keep it Positive September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am It\'s very true that we are experiencing difficult economic times right now. People are faced with that reality and message everywhere they turn, so you\'re not going to find people who aren\'t aware of what\'s happening around them. The last thing you want to do at your next benefit auction is to bring that up. Keeping a positive message flowing throughout the event will help people maintain the right frame of mind for giving.
Charity Auctions - Ways to Fundraise September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am Why is a live charity auction the best fundraiser for your nonprofit? Let\'s look at some of the alternatives first.
Charity Auction - How the Economy is Affecting Nonprofit Fundraising September 12, 2009 12:00:00 am Have you tried a charity auction as a fundraiser for your nonprofit organization? If your nonprofit is struggling in our current economy and failing to cover its expenses, the standard fundraising techniques just may not be enough anymore. Many charity organizations are losing key donors and this year has seen an increase in the number of charity auction events scheduled by all types of nonprofits, large and small, attempting to replace lost revenues. For many, this is the first year that they are adding a live auction to their event, hoping for big results.
Charity Auction Centerpieces - A Fun Selling Idea September 05, 2009 12:00:00 am Most nonprofit organizations that are planning a charity auction event find a way to get the centerpieces for the tables donated, or at a reduced cost. Professional charity auctioneers and event organizers sometimes differ on their opinion of whether to sell the centerpieces or not. Some believe that it is too much to ask of the guests who are already paying to be there, but some see it as another opportunity to raise money for the cause.
Benefit Auctioneer Qualities - Number 4 Style September 04, 2009 12:00:00 am There are many auctioneers out there. What makes them all different? A professional benefit auctioneer is going to have his own style, his own way of doing things that conveys his attitude. The way guests at a benefit auction perceive him is very dependant on his style. You are making him a spokesperson for your non-profit organization; make sure he represents you well.
Benefit Auctioneer Qualities - Number 3 Skill September 04, 2009 12:00:00 am Listening to a benefit auctioneer without skills is like tuning your radio to the emergency broadcast system test. It is literally hard for your ears to listen to an auctioneer with poor skills for any amount of time. You just want to turn it off. On the contrary, the audience of a skillful auctioneer can listen to him for hours without tiring.
Benefit Auctioneer Qualities - #1 Speaker September 03, 2009 12:00:00 am If you are looking for an auctioneer to sell at your next benefit auction, you have probably been in attendance at a fundraising auction before. We can probably all imagine the unfortunate Cub Scout parent or soccer team mom thrown out on stage to auction off a cake at the next bake sale. They do their best, of course, and they cannot be blamed for the result. Hopefully, you can all picture another bake sale with a professional auctioneer. What makes the difference?
Benefit Auctions - Why You Should Include a Fund-A-Need Program August 26, 2009 12:00:00 am One of the most important and sometimes overlooked strategies to maximize giving at your benefit auction is to include a "Fund-A-Need" program. Charities around the world have been utilizing this method to energize their auctions and inspire their guests, increasing their revenues dramatically. If done correctly, you will never regret it.
Charity Auctions - How to Include a Fund-A-Need August 26, 2009 12:00:00 am The "Fund-A-Need" program is a vital part of any benefit auction. It is often times the largest source of revenue for the event. It must be done correctly, however. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Charity Auction Videos Create Higher Revenues August 29, 2009 12:00:00 am Seeing is believing. Make your donors feel that they are a part of the larger picture rather than just sitting in their seats. It is another important and easy tool to bring to your next fundraising auction. Your guests will feel those same feelings we have all felt and raise their hands, saying "count me in."
Benefit Auctions and Stone Soup August 29, 2009 12:00:00 am The items you collect from donors may seem of little worth. Adding items to make a package will increase the value. Don\'t underestimate the value of a professional benefit auctioneer. He can make "stone soup" out of a plain old book.
Benefit Auctions Need a Live Auction August 29, 2009 12:00:00 am A lot of work and thought goes into planning a charity auction, there are venues to book, items to secure, advertising for the event, and food and refreshments to get. You want to have a successful outcome for your charitable cause, and one way to do this is to include a live auction.
Benefit & Charities - New Ways to Fundraise in a Down Economy August 30, 2009 12:00:00 am In the current downturn of the economy, everyone is being affected including nonprofit organizations and charities. People are tightening their belts in all areas in this climate of economic uncertainty. This is making it even more difficult for organizations that depend on private support to keep their operations running. A benefit auction can be a great way to inject new funds into a charitable cause for your nonprofit group.
Benefit Auctions - Three Free Fundraising Items For Your Charity Event August 30, 2009 12:00:00 am When looking to raise money for charitable cause, you want to find items that people will want to bid on that will cost you very little upfront. The more money you can save on your donated items, the more money goes to the charity itself, so why not consider items that cost you absolutely nothing? These three items can create excitement and earn you big dollars for your charitable event.
At a Charity Auction a $100 Bill Can Be Worth a Lot More! August 30, 2009 12:00:00 am People are always looking for new and fun ways to raise money for charitable cause. A great way to create excitement, awareness, and success for your charity is by holding a live auction. There are lots of different items that you can include at the auction to raise money, but one of the simplest and potentially most profitable items you can use is a good old one hundred dollar bill.
Charity Auctions - Find the Best Auctioneer For Your Fundraiser August 30, 2009 12:00:00 am Live auctions are a great way to raise money for a charitable cause. They create energy and excitement at the event, and allow people to be publicly recognized for their generosity as they raise their paddles to bid on items. Therefore, to ensure active participation through a lively event you want to have the right person as auctioneer.