End of the Night Raffle by April Brown Auctioneer
The End of the Night Raffle is often promoted that “You must be present to win”. The key to this raffle’s success is waiting with anticipation to see who wins the prize(s). Choose a Grand Prize with broad appeal to drive ticket sales. Consider offering more than one prize. More prizes increase sales and create more winners. More winners take more time to draw and announce. Ideally we want to keep the audience in their seats while the clerking staff enters the final bids and catches up after the Paddle Raise. For this reason, I recommend that the tickets are sold only at the venue on the night of the auction.
The Live Auction by April Brown Auctioneer

The live charity auction model can be as relaxed and informal as a picnic and as elaborate and entertaining as a Broadway show or as intimidating and intense as a Sotheby’s or Christie’s auction. Most fundraising auctions fall somewhere in between. All are productions that involve many players, hundreds of details with dozens of procedures and can be easily managed to profitability and fun.

The Dessert Dash - Everything You Need to Know by April Brown

The Dessert Dash is a race that encourages your guests to interact with one another during the live auction timeline. Guests seated at each dining table decide individually how much money they are willing to pool together for the right to run and grab a dessert from the dessert dash table. They write that amount on the Dessert Dash Bid Sheet. The bid sheets are picked up, tallied and the table raising the largest amount of money is in first position when the dash begins. The auctioneer calls out the tables in ascending order until the last table has made a run for it. 

Auction Meeting Salad - Golden Delicious by April Brown Auctioneer

Auction meetings are always better with nutricious food that tastes great. This is one of my favorite recipes because of the ease of switching up ingredients with subsitutes and extra flavors. Meat can be added to this vegetarian version. Make sure that vegetarians have plenty of healthy choices.  Encourage the volunteers to eat throughout the evening rather than waiting for a set time. Let everyone know great food awaits them and that they can "come as you are". 

Understanding Consignment by April Brown Auctioneer

Starting with highly desirable travel packages is one the best solutions for getting people excited about your charity auction. Professional consignments are items that are specifically designed to be sold at fundraising events. Unique travel packages, unusual adventures, and sports and celebrity memorabilia to name a few. A professional consignor performs as an agent representing a third party or their own products and services and then offers the same to a non-profit organization below retail. The non- profit sells the goods at auction and pays the consignment fee within days of the event. Unsold tangible items are returned to the consignor. Trips and experiences are redeemed by the winning bidder through communicating with the consignor. The sales and redemption procedure is designed to facilitate a positive and profitable transaction for the supplier, the auction planner and the winning bidder.

HOW TO ORDER THE LIVE AUCTION by April Brown Auctioneer

I have a few loose rules I use to order the LIVE AUCTION CATALOG for your charity auction. Sometimes the items are nearly identical in value, desire and sometimes the donor for every item is in the room and if that is the case, I’m not convinced it matters so much what the order is.  It the items have been carefully procured based on the audience’s interest and bidding history, a bidding competition will likely be in play. It is that competition that drives the bid to the highest possible amount for that audience on that night.

Non-profit Leadership - Charity Auction Fundraising

Those of us in the business of influencing change know that the most important way to getting into someone’s head is through their emotions. Anger is behind every injustice. Without anger few are motivated to get involved. The other important emotion is compassion. Once we see the injustice visited upon a person our compassion causes us to want to give, volunteer or create a vehicle for change. Anger without compassion does nothing. Compassion keeps us going. Compassion awakens our talents. Compassion makes us feel better about ourselves. Unlike anger, compassion is rarely criticized. Outside politics, we can wear our compassion on you sleeve with pride.

Dessert Dash Video - April Brown Auctioneer

The Dessert Dash is an fundraising activity that encourages your guests to interact with one another during the live auction timeline. Guests seated at each dining table decide individually how much money they are willing to pool together for the right to run and grab a dessert from the dessert dash table. They write that amount on the Dessert Dash Bid Sheet. The bid sheets are picked up, tallied and the table raising the largest amount of money is in first position when the dash begins. The auctioneer calls out the tables in ascending order until the last table has made a run for it.

This Auctioneer Will Help You Achieve Success
The auction method is used to create a fair competition between buyers with the intention of driving a sale to the highest possible dollar within a given buying audience. There are key professional players that are experts at rousing an audience to bid and buy. The Professional Auctioneer, Master of Ceremonies, Catalog Reader and Bid Catcher should be trained, experienced and able to offer good advice throughout the planning process.
Essentials of a Wildly Successful Auction event
The Auction Chair, Event Planner or Auction Coordinator assign jobs and delegate dozens of tasks. They also decide the areas of the auction that need to be managed by professionals. Keeping clarity around the respective tasks and responsibilities will be important to your joy meter. As a vendor I have only one intention – that our professional relationship will be a source of great pride for all of us. I give the best advice before, during and after the auction and it is mu opinion every vendor should make the same commitment to you.