When to use “Submit your best bid” for item donations that can’t be sold at the fundraising auction

This happens to all fundraising auction committees at some point. An item donation arrives *after the gala, or arrives *before it, but has a date restriction preventing it from being sold at the event. In this post, learn one approach for selling it — submit your best bid.

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One of the best auction donations from authors – writing your name in a book

I’ve sold several donations from authors who offer the opportunity to have the winning bidder’s name written into their next book. Here’s a real-life example of how that fundraising auction donation appears in Nelson DeMille’s 2017 release, “The Cuban Affair.”

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How to sell date-sensitive item donations that can’t be sold at your auction gala

This nonprofit was given a donation of NFL tickets, but the game date was five days before their gala. Here’s how they rapidly converted the auction item donation into cash.

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Is it a “LIVE” auction, LIVE auction, or Live Auction?

A reader inquired as to whether she should use quotation marks in her catalog around the word “LIVE” to ensure guests understood. Here’s my recommendation.

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Pet peeve of fundraising auctions: Pointing

When someone points at you, it’s usually for negative reasons — a reprimand or an accusation. That’s why pointing isn’t welcome in my fundraising auctions.
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