Wednesday, August 20, 2014
"Apart from letting people know when and where the auction will be, you should also provide a sneak peak of your auction items. This helps generate more intrigue for your auction, especially if you have high-end items like a vacation package. Mobile Bidding If you plan to stage a silent auction over several days, you may want to add mobile bidding. This feature allows donors to keep bidding on your auction items without having to be at the auction site every day (which is especially convenient if your auction spills over to the weekdays). You can ask online charity auction services like Wedo Charity Auctions for help in establishing a process for mobile bidding."
Monday, August 18, 2014
"With more and more people estimated to donate this year, now is the time to go all out and organize charity auctions for your nonprofit organization. This is especially true if you have a network of connections that make it easy for you to acquire fantastic prizes like holiday vacation packages. If you do have such connections, know that there are certain things you need to prepare beforehand to help you sell a vacation package via auction. Such things include."
Saturday, August 16, 2014
"As the piece notes, the event included a silent auction, wherein the proceeds would be donated to the school district. Holding silent auctions has become one of the most popular ways of raising money for worthwhile causes, and there are many advantages to organizing one. To begin with, it’s a great way to bookend an event, such as the speaking engagement and dinner that the Gary Community School Corp. held. Silent auctions are also well-suited to first-time organizers as they won’t have to hire an auctioneer— which is typically a must at live auctions. Furthermore, auctions like these are very scalable, meaning even just two or three people can coordinate it."
Thursday, August 14, 2014
"Silent auctions have been an integral part of any community event in America for a long time. National federations of various industry professionals organize them and reap much success in the process. When you are looking to organize a silent auction but feel there are some things missing from the game plan, experienced auction planners like Wedo Charity Auctions can help you find them and pull off a memorable event. Schedule Mark the calendar for the projected date of the auction. Even if the auction is timed to coincide with a major community event, you will need all the breathing space to plan for all contingencies."
Monday, July 28, 2014
These days, a charity auction event isn't what is used to be thanks to the advent of technology. Back in the day, bidders had to be physically present in a prescribed venue at a prescribed time to bid and pay for the item. Charity auctions nowadays are done online, over long periods and with participating bidders from across the world. Entrepreneur Jon Carson discusses why online auctions work in an article for About.com: An online auction ... removes the barrier of geography. Donors can live far away and still participate. Second, it removes the barrier of time. Online auctions run 24/7 so if donors have a conflict or would rather just stay home the night of the event, they can still participate. Lastly, online auctions are highly measurable, producing valuable information about what item categories get bids, etc. That information provides a map for improving your next auction.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Beyond a doubt, having celebrities around can make or break an event. Their mere presence can generate interest and attention. Organizers of online auctions are well aware of this, and strive to include celebrity memorabilia in their lineup. Gail Cohen, a contributor for eHow.com, writes about ways to request celebrities to donate money and/or items to charitable causes. Don't Get Confrontational Contacting a celebrity directly is not advisable since they are extremely busy and won't have time to read your request anyway. The people who do have time are usually their publicists and talent managers. These are the people the stars pay attention to, so it would be wise to get their attention first. Research the names of celebrity agents and managers. Write directly to the agents and managers of celebrities of interest to increase your chances of getting a response. Avoid taking the "direct approach."
Thursday, July 24, 2014
While nonprofit groups are committed to serving a greater good, they will need additional ways to raise money aside from relying on long-term donors and sponsors. Selling items through established auction sites online is a good way to raise money. These web auctions work similarly to organized silent auctions. Bidders place their bids silently by typing in their preferred amount, and at the end, the highest bidders get the items. Even so, heads of non-profit groups should realize that not knowing how to use these online auction tools properly can result in some disadvantages.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Nonprofit organizations may support a variety of causes, but the one thing they all have in common is a desire to serve the public good rather than to make money. Some, however, face a challenge in finding donors and sponsors to ensure a continuous flow of funds, making it necessary to hold events like a silent auction fundraiser. How exactly does this work? Kathryn Lemmon of Yahoo Contributor Network gives a lowdown: What makes the event "silent?" A silent auction is one without an auctioneer. During the auction period, (a set amount of time such as 4-6 hours or all day Saturday) bids are written down on a sheet of paper. The bidder can see all the previous bids logged onto the sheet. At the end of the auction, the highest bidder wins the item.