If you work for an association, your live auction will have a few different items in it than a standard nonprofit auction. In this video, I give examples for four types of associations I’ve supported. Industry trade associations for businesses As…Continue reading
An auction item had a misleading description that I discovered while preparing for the gala. In the video, I share I believe in doing item research.Continue reading
This video describes the types of bidders participating in your fundraising live auction. You’ll learn how to identify each of the 9 archetypes.Continue reading
This auction donation — which became popularized during COVID-19 — will stick around long after coronavirus is gone.Continue reading
To support school auction clients, these videos were used as teasers on specific items to get participants interested in bidding in the online auction.Continue reading
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 just… Read On >
In a typical fundraising auction, 10% to 20% of the crowd will actively participate in the live auction. Among those participating, I’ve observed some distinct personalities. From Starters to Buyers, here are my live auction bidder archetypes.
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…Continue reading
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.”
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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