Posts tagged charity auction world
Building A Better Auction

A charity auction is the only fundraising model easily recognizing the efforts of human in the room. The model is a marketing bonanza for your organization's message. Little is required of your guests and if you pay attention to my advice the busy work and effort can be greatly reduced. Planners need to be willing to break away from some of the dopey best practices vendors recommend.

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Anger and Passion - The Driving Force Behind Real Change

The truth about leaders is that most are motivated by the desire to make a change in the way things are. A good leader rarely wants to walk the path of another. They want to brave their own trail.  But what motivates someone to take on the role of a leader in the first place? Is it the attention that accomplishment brings? Sometimes. More often a leader is annoyed and even driven to anger and that emotion is enough to start the process for change. Yet anger rarely sustains any cause and even drives a healthy person to insanity.  At some point anger must be replaced with righteous passion. Passion sustains, anger drains.

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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 Get The Speaker Presentation You Want

A properly worded talk can inspire supporters to engage with all the profit making activities and even become involved in future events as sponsors, volunteers, board members and activists. I’ve also witnessed some talks that are neither inspiring or worthy of the organization’s message and need. In fact, the wrong speaker with a poorly thought out or self-serving speech can damage an event and hurt attendance for future fund-raising functions.  

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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CLASS PROJECT - Learn How To Make Concrete Leaves

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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