Silent auction ideas vary from auction fundraising events in which the online charity auction is the main feature, to charity golf tournaments or galas with a silent auction being held in tandem with the fundraising event. Creating an effective silent auction is measured by its procurement of unique & appealing auction items, website optimization and spreading awareness of the fundraiser. The Soltura Summer FUNdraiser online charity auction holds some great examples of winning silent auction ideas.
Soltura has networked with their community and have several interesting donated items to auction that appeal to their participants. Their charity auction website displays these items beautifully with photos and descriptions, such as the Burmuda Paradise vacation and the Hand Painted, Silk wall hanging. Their homepage warmly welcomes participants to their silent auction. “Join us for our Soltura Summer Fundraiser Auction. You can get in touch with your competitive spirit by bidding in our eclectic auction that will take place entirely online. Do you really want to miss out on all this fun?”
Soltura event administrators have created an effective playing field for their participants by hosting their silent auction for an entire month. Sending out notices to their donors are done through email lists on their website in telling them how close they are to reaching their fundraising goal, and sending thank you notes. Staying in close communication with donors during a silent auction is important as it keeps them interested and informed. Educating them through email and newsletters about the mission or your organization during the auction is another excellent silent auction idea.
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Silent auctions and online charity auctions have become a popular way for nonprofit and community organizations to raise money for a worthy cause. The success of your silent auction will depend on your auction items, as well as how you manage and promote your auction fundraiser. The more creative you become in sourcing donated items and the more valuable these items are perceived will help make your event even more of a success! Consider including no risk auction items in order to offer more desirable items that will bring in high-dollar bids (such as vacation packages and autographed sports memorabilia) Also, by using charity auction software, you are creating an easy way for your community to browse auction items, safely place bids, and promote the auction fundraiser via email and social networking widgets. Similarly, the charity auction software provides numerous online tools to assist administrators with planning, tracking progress, conducting searches for bidders or items, and generating orders and reports. Browse our free fundraising resources for more silent auction ideas or guidelines for how to run a silent auction.