This auction bid card served many purposes: bid number, seating assignment, advertisement, and more

The back of your auction bid card / bid paddle is valuable real estate, so don’t leave it blank. At this event, the nonprofit used the back of the bid card to convey seating assignments.
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Using the auction bid paddle as a sponsorship opportunity

Some nonprofits will print a guest’s bid number on both sides of an auction bid paddle.  The benefit of this approach is that regardless of which side of the paddle is shown to the auctioneer, the bid number is viewed. Another idea is to sell the space on the back of the bid paddle. TheRead On >

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Successful Nonprofits Podcast: Flipping Small Fundraising Events on Their Heads for Better Revenue

Dolph Goldenburg, host of the Successful Nonprofits Podcast, interviewed me to get my take on how small nonprofits should run their fundraising events.
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Red Apple Auctions’ blog makes Feedspot’s Top 25 Auction Blogs list

In April during the busiest part of my travel season, I received an email from the company Feedspot. “I would like to personally congratulate you,” the email began, “Your blog at Red Apple Auctions has been selected by our panelists as one of the Top 25 Auction Blogs on the web.” Woohoo!  The Red AppleRead On >

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I think “hotel silent auctions” are scammy — what do you think?

Hotel silent auctions are NOT auctions, so let’s rename them: Maybe “Pop-up Shops for the Public Good” (whereby a portion of each sale benefits charity).

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Transforming a mundane auction checkout receipt into a mission-driven missive

There was a problem at one of my spring fundraising auctions. The event was new, designed to take the place of a more traditional fundraising dinner.  For many years the dinner reliably drew 400- 500 guests.  The hope was that this new event would attract a similarly sized crowd. It didn’t. At first the plannerRead On >

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