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Auction Committee - Recipe for Success

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"

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52 Card Elimination Game Rules

The 52 Card Elimination Game is a simple game and the supplies are inexpensive - about 40 cents per player. Each card represents one play and requires a duplicate card for the dealer running the game. Multiple decks can be used depending on the number of guests OR depending on the price point. It's a good idea to offer games at different price points so that the entire buying power of the audience is tapped. 

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Free Lanyard Bid Cards

Lanyard bid numbers are used to keep guests hands free during the silent auction timeline. These photos were taken during the silent auction. Notice they are not holding a bid packet. I am 100% against bid packets for several reasons that I will get into in another post. The most important reason is that guests have no place to put them other than under their arms or at their seats.

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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.

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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. 

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