Events: Plan a Silent Auction


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Hi and welcome to March’s lesson: Events: Plan a Silent  Auction. This month we are learning the basics of setting up a Silent Auction.

Silent Auctions

These are in-person events where items are placed on tables for guests to browse. Traditionally, guests will bid by writing an amount on a sheet of paper placed next to the item. Mobile bidding software can boost donations by letting guests bid conveniently from their smartphones. Silent auctions are less structured than live auctions, giving organizations an ideal opportunity to interact with donors in person. Because silent auctions are more casual, they’re also suitable for many types of audiences and can be adapted to all types of settings. However, this less structured nature can be a double-edged sword. Since you won’t have an auctioneer running the show and actively entertaining your guests, it can be harder to engage your participants and motivate them to bid.


Why you need to do it:

Silent auctions done right can bring in tens of thousands of dollars for an organization. When it’s part of a fundraising plan, a silent auction will help with fundraising amount goals and donor acquisition.


What you actually need to do:

1. Watch the video.

2. Download the Implementation Guide.

3. Download the resources in the Resources section.

4. Begin planning your Silent Auction.

5. Join us for the Implementation Office Hours. Check the calendar for the date!

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