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  1. Why Hire a Professional Benefit Auctioneer?
    02 Dec, 2015
    Why Hire a Professional Benefit Auctioneer?
    Six reasons why you should consider hiring a professional benefit auctioneer Many non-profit organizations may think that anyone with a strong voice and a sense of humor can lead a live auction. Most non-profits know that a professional benefit auctioneer, especially one who specializes in fundraising makes a huge difference to the success and tempo of the evening. Using a volunteer celebrity, parent, friend of the organization or media personality, as an auctioneer may actually be the most
  2. 7 Secrets for a Successful Appeal
    04 Nov, 2015
    7 Secrets for a Successful Appeal
    Sharing my secrets for a successful Special Appeal To increase the total amount raised at non-profit dinner/auctions, almost every event I have worked or consulted on in the last decade has added an “Appeal” (called many different things: “The Ask”, “Fund a Need”, “Raise the Paddle”, “Reverse Auction” – where there is a direct ask for cash donations).  In many situations, the appeal can actually generate more revenue for the non-profit than the live auction total.  In some cases Appeals have
  3. How to Engage Millennials in Your Auction Event
    07 Oct, 2015
    How to Engage Millennials in Your Auction Event
    Engaging millennials is a key to your future success. In most cases, non-profit fundraisers are attended by mature audiences or empty nesters who typically have disposable money to spend and generally have a strong passion for the non-profit mission.  As these older attendees start to dwindle, many events struggle to back-fill the previous support structure with a younger crowd.  Secondly, many of the local companies that are sponsoring tables, are sending millennial employees to fill the

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