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►Donation Card Designing

March 15, 2013 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS
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A benefit auctioneer should conduct your Donation Appeal

I was talking with a fundraising auctioneer pal yesterday about “donation cards” – the little cards that are either placed at each seat or peeking out of the program.

 

As your fundraising consultants, benefit auctioneers work with you to raise the most money for your cause. Donation cards are one option, but that approach lacks both urgency and peer encouragement. Your guests might never pick up that donation card, or may take it home with good intentions and no follow through.

Since auctioneers know how to handle a microphone and a stage, we are always going to recommend a traditional “direct appeal”, meaning a well planned part of your evening with an inspiring testimonial and the call to the “raise your paddle”.

In fact, a structured, auctioneer-led ask routinely raises $20,000, $60,000, $100,000 and up with professional auctioneers across the country. Whether you call it Fund a Need, Fund a Cure, Fund a Cause, Paddle Raise, Call for Donations, Cash Call, Donation Appeal, Direct Appeal, Planned Appeal, Bid to Give, or any other name, we believe that nothing connects your mission to your audience more than a straightforward but tactful conversation with your supporters, all working together toward a common financial goal. Then, when you add in Challenge Matches and similar giving incentives…the Paddle Raise concept is very hard to best.

However, if for whatever reason you still want to stick to donation cards on the table, I did a Google Image search of Donation Card and found tons of examples to help you plan and design! Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/DonationCardSamples

Categories: Auctioneers, Charity, Consulting, Live Auctions, Other Money Makers

►Get the AUCTION! bible, 1 Week Sale!

March 1, 2013 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS
Cover image of the 250-page Charity Auction Manual called AUCTION! The 98 Solutions to Every Charity Auction Challenge by GALA GAL Jenelle Taylor CAI BAS

Write-in workbook to plan your Benefit Auction, step-by-step, used by Professional Fundraising Auctioneers and their clients across the country

Save $100 off the regular online price! It’s the March Madness sale at GALA GAL, so snatch up your 250-page AUCTION! manual by March 7th, 2013. Get “The 98 Solutions to Every Charity Auction Challenge” at your fingertips.

Read a detailed and helpful “Questions to Ask” excerpt here, and just shoot me a message with your e-mail and I’ll send you our mailing address for a check, use a credit card via secure server with discount code Sale49 here.

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Categories: Board members, Charity, Consulting, Event Logistics, Live Auctions, Other Money Makers, Raffles/Chance Drawings, Silent auctions, Templates

►Black Tie Events…for Free? Auction Underwriting for the New Millennium

February 14, 2013 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS

Have you seen this? http://www.dodgedartregistry.com/

Underwrite your Benefit Auction just like the new Dodge Dart Registry idea

Crowd-funding idea for your next auction?

The website reads, ”

NEW RULES FOR BUYING YOUR CAR. Pick out the features you want in your new Dart and then invite friends and family to sponsor individual parts of the car.

You can raise a portion of the cost of a new Dart or the full price. Then all you have to do is go to a dealership and pick it up.”

 

How clever! Not only does this speak to a hip, Millennial generation, it offers a solution to funding a major cost –  by crowd-sourcing.

What a great idea to change up how you offer sponsorships this year for your event. Sure, most events already ask for sponsors, but typically at generic dollar amounts not tied to anything specific. Anyone else bored with the “Sponsorships available at $25,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2500” approach?

This year, be forward thinking and socially savvy. Post a great photo from last year and offer opportunities to underwrite parts of the event at all different price levels. Instead of funding the engine on a future Dodge Dart, your supporters can fund the venue, the food, the bar, the linens, the decorations, the invitations, the technology…even pay for your professional auctioneer!

Just like chipping in to buy a beloved and deserving person a new car, your benefactors will feel good about helping fund something concrete, and empowered by being given a real choice. Come to think of it, isn’t that exactly the feeling we want to give our non-profit supporters all the time?

Categories: Auctioneers, Charity, Event Logistics, Other Money Makers

►It Pays – Awesome Live Auction Donated Experience!

August 8, 2012 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS

How partnering with a true fundraising auctioneer pays

Image of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Parade Tickets are an Awesome Auction Item!

So excited to find out that one of my groups scored Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade passes from a lead I shared with them during our consultation!

That’s right, on September 15th we’ll get to find out which lucky folks will be in the heart of iconic Manhattan for the chance-of-a-lifetime viewing of The Rockettes!! Oh, and the balloons, of course, and the celebrities, the excitement, the Instagram photos…

And as exciting as it will be to see who donates the most and ends up the high bidder, it’s JUST AS EXCITING to be the auctioneer who gets to deliver to good news, “SOLD! You did it! You’re the winner!”

I’m delighted for them, for all the attendees who will witness the excitement, and for the Alzheimer caregivers and their families who will benefit from the funds raised from this 100% pure donation.

Yep, it pays to partner with a professional. I love my job!

P.S. Want to place a reserve bid on these Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade passes? E-mail me at Info@GalaGal.com and I’ll get you the absentee bid form or online link 🙂

Categories: Auctioneers, Charity, Consulting, Live Auctions

►Charity on “Cracked”

July 13, 2012 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS

It’s Friday the 13th, a perfect day for a bit of controversy on a bed of comedy!

Controversy, you say?

I’m happy to pass along an opinion piece with nearly 900,000 views, “5 Popular Forms of Charity (That Aren’t Helping)” with the caveat that it’s a bit salty in tone. That’s likely because it’s featured on the most visited humor website in the world, with 300 million monthly page views.

Logo Cracked.com So, whether or not you agree that drinking “breast cancer vodka” makes people less likely to donate cash, at least by clicking over to read this Top 5 List, you’ll have a good excuse when you boss finds you’ve blown 3 hours reading “10 Baffling Romance Tips” and “Why Journalism is Obsessed with Dinosaur Sex.”

Happy Friday the 13th!

 

 

Categories: Charity, Consulting, Grab Bag, Other Money Makers