Category: Plan Your Gala

Silent Auction Display

14 “Musts” for Effective Silent Auction Displays

Most benefit auctions consist of several Silent Auctions and one Live Auction. Silent Auction setup is vital to the success of any auction, because this is the part of the evening that people experience first. For planning purposes, here are some guidelines to follow when doing advance planning for your Silent Auction: 1. Close your Silent Auction […]

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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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Charity Galas: Target the Right Attendees to Maximize Donations

When planning your benefit event, remember these words: “You are not your audience.” Translation: planning things that appeal to you may not result in the biggest donations. Rather, you must understand what your most important supporters value and deliver it to them. In this post, we explore how to segment your audience and then target your actions […]

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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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