Three times guests will try to pull a fast one on you, and what to say when it happens

At some point a guest at your gala will try to pull a fast one on you or me. I like to believe that the guest is being honest.  After all, this is a fundraising auction; most people are filled with good will. But sometimes, stuff happens. Maybe they really didn‘t bid.  They were justRead On >

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Best time to close the silent auction? Before the live auction begins.

With few exceptions, the best time to close the silent auction is before your live auction begins. Guests will bid in your live auction and donate to your paddle raiser more freely when they know exactly what they’ve already bought in your silent auct…

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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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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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Best ballroom layout for an auction AND dance floor

If dancing is part of your auction, the best ballroom layout is *not* to put the auctioneer on or in front of the dance floor. Instead, here’s what works best.
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Busted! Be wary of images used in fundraising auction displays

Photographers have cracked down on illegally sourced images used by nonprofits. Here are 5 free photography sites to use in fundraising auction displays.
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