Auctions


Benefit auction ideas: The “correct” way to thank donors by Sherry Truhlar

Posted on 28 March 2011

Benefit auctioneer Sherry Truhlar’s entertaining stories and advice is often picked up by publications (e.g. Town & Country, The Washington Post Magazine, AUCTIONEER, The Eleusis, The Virginia Auctioneer) and television (e.g. E! Style, TLC) where she inspires and teaches volunteers how to hit new fundraising records in their auction galas. Enjoy her FREE Auction Item [...]

How to get publicity for your benefit auction: Use auction games and raffles. By Sherry Truhlar

Posted on 15 March 2011

I’d like to introduce a new face here at Step by Step, benefit auctioneer Sherry Truhlar (pictured at left).  Sherry’s stories and advice have been published in publications (e.g. Town & Country, The Washington Post Magazine, AUCTIONEER, The Eleusis, The Virginia Auctioneer) and heard on television (e.g. E! Style, TLC) where she inspires and teaches [...]

Generate more revenue at your charity auction by breaking up the party

Posted on 06 April 2010

In this economy, one strategy to help you maintain a strong overall sale value of a party is by splitting up the value among many bidders. Here’s how it works. Remember the adage, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” For example, a house is more valuable than the individual pieces of [...]

12 Ways to Use Social Media to Market Your Fundraiser

Posted on 04 February 2010

Social media applications like blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook can be useful tools to help you publicize, gain attendees and supporters for fundraisers such as benefit auctions. Not only are these tools free to use, but they enable you to relay short, constant reminders about your  fundraiser. Creating “something to write” can be overwhelming for [...]

The Five Essential Elements of a Successful Silent Auction

Posted on 01 December 2009

Silent Auctions are great add-ons to many types of special events. You can offer a variety of auction items and your attendees can view and bid on items anytime during the event. Silent auctions are quite flexible since you can offer just a dozen high quality items up to hundreds. Before planning your silent auction [...]

How to Get Auction Item Donations (Without Cold Calling!)

Posted on 23 July 2009

One of the most frequent questions related to auction fundraisers is how to get auction items donated.  In the audio seminar series Secrets of the Charity Auction Experts Karin Costa gave many great ideas for auction items. She also described in detail how to get those items donated.  This approach to getting items takes away [...]

360 Degree Planning for Fundraising Events

Posted on 07 July 2009

In the audio seminar series Secrets of the Charity Auction Experts we provide a lot of tips and tools for planning successful live and silent auction fundraisers.  Of course these auctions happen in the context of a special event.  So in addition to getting auction items and such, there’s so much general event planning that [...]