Silent Auction Tips for Non-Profit Silent Auctions

Non-Profit silent auctions can generate a lot of money for fundraising events. Here are a few silent auction tips to help your charity with their fundraiser.

  1. One of the most important silent auction tips is to know your audience.  Don't price items at a premium if you don't have guests willing to pay.
  2. Most charities use the cocktail time for bidding at silent auctions. Make sure this time period runs at least 1.5 hours.
  3. If you have well over 200 silent auction items, then consider closing down the auction at various time intervals.  

Other silent auction tips include:

  • Create easy to read bid sheets on clipboards and provide pens.
  • Display items for silent auctions in a clean, orderly fashion so people can see and touch them.
  • Make sure your bid sheets include the retail value, starting price and bid increment as well as donor recognition.

Most important of all silent auction tips is decide upon the exact time the auction will close and stick to that time! Nothing can be more frustrating for the auction management team then changing the closing time, not to mention how maddening it is for the guests.

If you plan to hold a charity event with a silent auction in the Los Angeles area, we would be more than happy to provide you with a free quote on managing silent auctions and share a few more silent auction tips

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