Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and many people are scrambling to buy their loved ones Valentine’s presents. Although Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for buying presents for others, it isn’t one that is planned months in advance (like Christmas). And, since it falls just 6 short weeks after the biggest “gifting event” – people may be fresh out of ideas.
This type of fundraiser is perfect for any organization – whether a nonprofit, school or church. The best time to host a Valentine’s auction is likely 2-3 weeks in advance of the Holiday. If you host it too far in advance, it’s not “fresh” in people’s minds.
Planning a charity auction is relatively easy and comes with low costs. Event organizers will want to start months in advance by reaching out to local businesses to request donated auction items. For a Valentine’s auction, you may want to consider gathering items that go with theme of love and indulgence. some ideas include:
- spa treatments
- restaurant gift certificates
- romantic hotel package
- Valentine’s gift baskets
- wine and cheese tastings
- bouquets of flowers
- Huggable stuffed animals for children
You can also consider including a large ticket item such as an all-inclusive vacation. With no-risk auction items you can offer these expensive items which could bring in large donations with no up-front costs or risk to your organization.
Managing your auction is very simple with charity auction software. Once you’ve collected all your auction items, you can easily upload information and images on your custom charity auction website. You can list a description for each item, suggested value, bid minimums, links to donor’s website, and even “buy now” options. Bidders participating in the auction easily create a unique profile to track the items they bid on and make payments. While administrators manage event details, track items to winning bidders, create invoices, process online payments and more. The event is easily promoted by sending a link to your email database, posting a fundraising widget on your organization’s website, or by spreading the word through social channels.
After all, Valentine’s is the holiday of LOVE, so why not encourage your supporters to spread their LOVE beyond their homes. By purchasing a gift from your charity auction, they not only find a unique present for their loved-ones, but are also opening their hearts by giving-back to a worthy cause.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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