Live auctions are an essential element to any successful fundraising event and by overlooking this element you may be leaving BIG bucks on the table! Here are the top three reasons why you should have a live auction at your fundraiser: 1. Live auctions are FUN! A survey conducted by the National Auctioneers Association determined […]
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7 Things You Should Know About Conducting a Successful Fund a Need or Special Appeal at Your Fundraising Event
1. What is a Fund a Need or Special Appeal? A Fund a Need (aka: Special Appeal, The Ask, Cash Ask, Fund a Mission, etc.) is the single most important fundraising technique at your benefit event, whether you do silent and live auctions or not. The fund a need is a completely different fundraising aspect […]
What is a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist?
A fundraising auctioneer that goes the extra mile to earn his or her BAS designation is an auctioneer that you want working for your event. Not only do they receive special training that very few auctioneers attain, but this also is a great indicator of an auctioneer that will do whatever it takes to be […]
What are the BEST Months to hold a Fundraising Auction?
So, what month should you hold your fundraising auction event? There really is no completely correct answer here, however I would suggest that you consider holding your event in mid-February or early June. The reason being is that most other nonprofits hold their events in March-May and September-early November so you will cut down your […]
What Food Should You Serve at Your Next Fundraising Auction Event?
Just about all of us love to eat and what you serve can have a definite impact on what you raise when it comes to fundraising auction events. If you are wanting to raise a substantial amount of funds then serve your donors high quality food like steak, lobster, prawns, etc. It definitely sets a […]
Motivational Speakers at Your Fundraising Auction Event
Condoleezza Rice speaks at the Solutions for Change Auction There are two very important segments of the event that a good motivational speaker is needed… before the live auction and before the fund-a-need. The speaker prior to the start of the live auction should be someone that can somewhat educate the crowd about the cause […]
How should volunteers be utilized at my Fundraising Auction Event?
Volunteers are an extremely important part of your fundraising event!! Here are a list of “jobs” that your volunteers need to be placed in for optimal success from Mike Grigg at Elite Auctions & Fundraising Services: Live auction and fund a need recorders. We recommend that you utilize three volunteers in this position to eliminate […]
Checking In and Out Guests at a Fundraising Auction Event & Where Guests should be Seated
When guests arrive at your event make the check in process simple by dividing them alphabetically by last name or company name in about five to seven different check in areas. This will help cut down on long lines and crowd size. I highly recommend collecting credit card numbers upfront at check in and assigning […]
How Important is Audio/Visual at a Fundraising Auction Event?
Having great, not good, not okay, but great sound is imperative to your fundraising auction event’s success. Here are some tips regarding audio/visual at your fundraising event: Never use the in-ceiling house system. Always surround the room with speakers (Don’t leave out the attendees in the back). Always have screens with auction items displayed during […]
Elite Auctions Attends 64th International Auctioneers Conference and Show
Elite Auctions Attends 64th International Auctioneers Conference and Show July 23, 2013 – Bakersfield/Los Angeles-based fundraising auctioneers/consultants, Mike Grigg, AARE and Connie Waddell, joined their fellow auctioneers from across the world at the National Auctioneers Association’s (NAA) 64th International Auctioneers Conference and Show at the J. W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, July 16 – 20, […]