Fundraising Auction Ideas - Silent Auction Ideas

Fundraising auction ideas for both silent auctions and live auctions. Advice articles covering the different types of auction fundraisers plus how to get more item donations, tips on displaying your silent auction items, and lots more helpful auction ideas.

Fundraising Auction Listings

At any charity fundraising event, the live auction is where most of the money is raised. Fundraising auction listings are critical to your success because they help pre-sell your best auction items and attract more bidders. It doesn’t matter if you already have them listed online or you’re also doing an audio/video presentation. Having a […]

Silent Auction Pricing Tips

These 10 pricing tips for silent auction items will definitely help you raise more money. Silent auction pricing is an art that strikes a fair balance between bidding from bargain hunters and dedicated supporters. Top 10 Silent Auction Pricing Tips Assign all bidders a number (don’t use names) Don’t have too many silent auction items […]

Fund A Need Auction

A Fund A Need auction segment is the most important part of your charity benefit event. Why? Because when done correctly that is where you raise the most money. If you are not doing a Fund A Need, then you’re doing it all wrong. The Fund A Need, Special Pledge Appeal, Paddle Raise, Impact Auction, […]

Q4 Silent Auction Tips

One of the best silent auction tips is to talk up your auction items to your guests. Every guest is a prospective bidder and during Q4 every guest will be buying holiday gifts. Charity auctioneer Sherry Truhlar provides several tips on how to boost your silent auction results by leveraging the gift-giving needs of your […]

Silent Auction Basket Tips

It’s a given that you want to get the most out of your silent auction donations. These 10 silent auction basket tips will definitely help you maximize your fundraiser results. Most silent auction baskets only attract a handful of bids and sell for about 50% to 60% of their suggested retail value. With these tips, […]

Business Donation Request – Fundraiser Source List

Looking for a list of business donation request source links? Download a free 14-page PDF version of our auction donation source list of national businesses. Download link is at the bottom of the page. The link for each business is to their donation request form or to the page where they provide details on how […]

Charity Benefit Auction Training Courses

Want to raise more money at your next fundraising auction? These charity benefit auction training courses provide everything you need to double or triple your auction results. Whether you are an auction novice or an experienced veteran, these 12 training courses created by charity benefit expert and professional auctioneer Sherry Truhlar deliver the goods. They […]

Starting Bid vs Minimum Bid

Sometimes people get confused about two important auction terms, the starting bid versus the minimum bid. Auction terminology can be confusing, even for those who regularly help out with charity auctions, live auctions, silent auctions, etc. And who better to explain the difference than one of the top charity auctioneers in the country, Sherry Truhlar […]

Purse Auction Fundraiser Ideas

A purse auction fundraiser is an easy way to raise funds as either a standalone event or as part of a larger gathering. There are several variations on the purse auction, but the basic premise is offering new or gently used purses through an auction format. Purse Auction Ideas Silent Auction – New or gently […]

Top 10 Silent Auction Items

Want to raise more money with your next silent auction? This list of the top 10 silent auction items is a great place to start! There are certain items that always sell well at any charity auction, so check out this list of auction tips for the best silent auction items that sell well. This  […]

Charity Auctioneer Tips

Charity Auctioneer Tips – Using a professional auctioneer will do wonders for your charity auction, but how do you go about selecting the right one? Obviously, you want the one who’s going to do the best job of raising funds for your nonprofit organization, but what questions do you ask? Charity auctioneer Sherry Truhlar from […]

Promote Your Auction Fundraiser On Facebook

Facebook posts are a great way to promote your auction fundraiser online. Whether it’s a school auction fundraiser or a charity gala, Facebook is effective for building excitement and generating bidding interest both before and during your fundraiser.   You can also use these auction promotion tips on other social media sites like Google Plus, […]

Auction Donations From Pro Sports Teams

Another good way to get fundraising auction donations is to contact professional sports teams. Every pro sports team has a policy of supporting nonprofit organizations in their area by donating items that the groups can use to raise funds. The good news is that this donation request is fairly easy to do and the donated […]

Silent Auction Do’s & Dont’s

Putting together a great silent auction is hard work, but many groups make some simple mistakes that cost them a lot of lost revenue. Here are some silent auction ideas, i.e. Do’s & Don’ts, to help you maximize your fundraising success. How To Run A Silent Auction The more organized you are, the more funds […]

Q4 Silent Auction Items Ideas

It’s a fact that some silent auction items sell better than others. And in Q4, these types of silent auction items will be your bestsellers or at least attract the most bids. Basically, the best silent auction item ideas for Q4 are all about enjoying the holidays. I’m talking about holiday related items like decorations, […]

Fundraising Auction Tips: Meet, Greet & Thank

One of the best fundraising auction tips is to warmly meet and greet each guest and afterward, thank them for attending and for their support. The whole idea is to make each guest feel welcome and appreciated. And nothing says we appreciate your support better than a personal thank you within 24 hours of your […]

101 Fundraising Auction Donations Sources

An extensive list of sources for fundraising auction donations from companies with links to online donation request information for each business. These fundraising auction donation sources provide items ranging from $25 gift cards all the way up to cruise ship vacations. This list will save you hours of time compared to finding all these fundraising […]

Tips For Running A Silent Auction

Silent auctions are a great way to raise money, but require a lot of coordinated effort. These tips for running a silent auction will help you procure more items, liven up your event, get everything setup right, make it run smoothly, and maximize your results. Procuring Silent Auction Items Your Group – Start with the […]

50 Fundraising Auction Tips

At charity events, the fundraising auction activity is what raises the most money. Here are 50 fundraising auction tips to help you maximize your success with advice on both live and silent auctions, plus how to blend them together for best results. 25 Live Fundraising Auction Tips Saturday Night – You’ll raise more money by […]

Raffle Fundraiser Ideas For Men

Raffle Fundraiser Ideas For Men – Unique fundraiser ideas are a great way to raise more funds and a raffle fundraiser for guys will add fun and excitement to any fundraising event. Let’s face it. Men are easily bored at charity events and if you want to hold their interest, you need some raffles or […]

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