A charity auction has endless opportunities and is an exciting environment, which means big profits for your chosen charity.
Everyone loves to spend money and an auction puts a buzz in the air and creates a sense of urgency to get your bid in. This leads to lots of fun, friendly competition and bidding wars, which will hopefully set your profit margins soaring!
A charity auction is also a great way to involve your community in a fundraising event. The community can be involved by donating items to be auctioned, helping out with set-up and clean-up, making and serving refreshment,s and promoting the event.
What Can You Auction For Charity?
The question should be, what can’t you auction? An auction, especially for charity, attracts a lot of attention and the type of auction you have is only limited by your own imagination. Below are some of the most popular types of auction:
Whether you’re a plumber, tiler, painter, baker, gardener, or just handy at odd jobs, someone needs your skills and is willing to pay for them. Get your local community involved by auctioning their skills to the highest bidder.
Get local artists and sculptors to donate pieces of their work. Local art by up-and-coming talent is always a crowd pleaser!
Okay, so we’re not promoting slavery. However, people are usually willing to give up a day or a few hours to do tasks for the highest bidder. Maybe you want someone to serve you cool lemonade and mow the lawn while you’re soaking up the sun… whatever it is, your “slave” will serve you as long as a donation has been made to the chosen charity.
These are just some of the more popular charity auctions. However, research your local community, find out what it is they would like and then design your auction around that feedback. Wherever there is demand an auction can be held!
Tips for Setting Up a Charity Auction
A charity auction revolves around its volunteers. Volunteers are the people who are auctioning their skills, their time and their products. Volunteers are also the people you get to help set up the auction, promote it, run it and clean up when the event is finished.
Make sure you get as many volunteers as possible. Get your local community, friends, family, neighbors, schools and colleagues involved.
An auction house would be a fantastic location and you may be able to use a local auction house free of charge or at a reduced rate if you mention that you are fundraising. However, it doesn’t have to be an auction house. You can use a local town church or school hall, a bar or club, or even a large restaurant. Again, mentioning your charity may get you a discount on the rental fees for the property.
Charity Auction Promotion
You need to make sure that your auction is promoted well. This will ensure a good turn out and a lot of willing volunteers. Have an advertisement drawn up, which you can easily do yourself on a computer. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Get it placed in local newspapers, businesses and on the Internet. Use social networking sites to your advantage and get your friends to pass the message along too. It’s also an excellent idea to get your event mentioned on your local radio station.
A charity auction should be a fun-filled event. It’s a great idea to get some local performers to donate their time during breaks in the auction action. Between auction slots you could have a comedy sketch, singer or group performances, or some audience games.
Make your audience feel involved in the evening and charity. Either offer refreshments free of charge — which you could get volunteers to donate — or offer food and drink for a small charge. It’s extra money for your charity and your audience stays at the auction longer, meaning more chances to spend their hard earned cash!