Category: Committee Decisions

Layne, The Auctionista

Enlist the Right Hosts for an Effective Virtual Fundraising Gala (Guest Post)

Your live fundraising gala may be cancelled. Do you have access to a studio space, a professional audio-visual team and the ability to recreate your event for the whole internet to experience? How will you take advantage of the moment?  Virtual events provide an opportunity to increase awareness, garner new audiences and raise much needed funds. Your […]

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Virtual Galas: How to Host an Online Fundraising Event

Thousands of nonprofits are moving their auctions online, leveraging modern technology to engage their donor base and raise vital funds. In this guide, you’ll learn about: Virtual gala programming Web-sharing technology Online fundraising techniques Much more Considering a virtual gala? Read on, or watch our recent Webinar. What Is a Virtual Gala? A virtual gala is a […]

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7 Creative Food Options for Your Dinner Gala

So you’ve decided to avoid serving rubber chicken and dry potatoes at this year’s gala. Great! But now what should you put on the menu? You have to weigh broad appeal, cost, and friendliness to dietary requirements, not to mention match the ambiance of your event. Let’s explore seven alternative food options that will have your guests […]

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Benefit Auctions: Outsource These 5 Positions

While it is not necessary to hire outside help for your event, you may find it well worthwhile to consider at least some professional assistance to help make it run smoothly. Experience is a great insurance policy. Hiring benefit auction experts to help train volunteers and to ‘‘run the show’’ the night of the event will allow […]

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How to Select a Date, Venue and Theme for Your Gala

If you’ve ever worked on an auction committee, you know how difficult it is to choose a date, venue and theme for your gala. Not only must you reconcile differing opinions from your committee members, but you must also choose a date, venue, and theme that work together in harmony. Below are some considerations for deciding on […]

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Your Gala Is a Business That Will Be Fun, Not a Party That Makes Money

You’ve just convened your auction committee for its first meeting. After exchanging names and pleasantries, it’s time to set a crucial expectation: Your auction is a business that will be fun, not a party that makes money. Right from the start, it is very important that your committee buy into the fact that they are setting the […]

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Choosing a Gala Venue: Ask These Questions Besides “What’s It Cost?”

Choosing the right venue for your gala can affect attendance, guest experience, and ultimately donations raised. Just because a venue is free doesn’t mean it will result in the greatest amount of money going to your cause. Ask yourself these questions before settling on a venue: Convenience Is the location easy to find and well-known? Does it […]

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13 Roles You Need on Your Auction Steering Committee

In another post, we discussed differences between a Steering Committee and a traditional Auction Committee. In this post, we identify the key roles and responsibilities for your Steering Committee. Of course, the same person can fill multiple roles so long as they have the bandwidth. This post is adapted from The Big Book of Benefit Auctions by […]

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