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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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Peninsula Island Resort

TravelPledge Welcomes Peninsula Island Resort & Spa

TravelPledge is excited to feature Peninsula Island Resort & Spa to our community of nonprofits! Centrally located on South Padre Island, Texas and 11 minutes from Schlitterbahn Water Park, this family-friendly resort has private beach access, infinity pool, an on-site spa, and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Currently undergoing renovations, the resort will have brand-new updates in 2020, […]

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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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Eagles Mere Inn

TravelPledge Welcomes Eagles Mere Inn!

TravelPledge is excited to feature The Eagles Mere Inn to our community of nonprofits! Located in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, The Eagles Mere Inn, is a warm and inviting country inn nestled in the middle of the “last unspoiled resort.” We encourage you to consider The Eagles Mere Inn for your next auction. About the […]

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Goal Setting

Benefit Auctions: 5 Steps to Set Realistic Revenue Goals

The answer to “How much do you want to make at your benefit auction?” should not be “As much as we can.” While technically true, such a vague answer is not helpful for making decisions. Rather, goals need to be specific, achievable and measurable so you can build a plan to achieve them. In this post, we […]

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