SchoolAuction.net

SchoolAuction.net is a service of Northworld LLC, the premier provider of benefit-auction software solutions. Which is to say, we’re a software company who likes to help non-profits with their fundraisers.

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1631 NE Broadway Suite 139
Portland, OR 97232
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Roger Devine Articles

Why Emphasize Donor Appreciation? 5 Reasons to Say Thank You

This is a guest blog, by Jay Love of Bloomerang

19 Oct 2021 Roger Devine

How to Build an Effective Supporter Communication Cadence

This is a guest post by Sandra Davis of Donorly

19 Oct 2021 Roger Devine

4 Volunteer Recruitment Tips from Camp Experts

This is a guest post by Glen Greenstone, of CircuiTree

19 Oct 2021 Roger Devine

Coming Soon: Changes To Your Event Site

We update our software every week - usually the updates contain only minor enhancements and bug fixes, and mostly go unnoticed. That won’t be the...

26 Jul 2021 Roger Devine

3 Tools for Parent Volunteers Hosting Virtual Fundraisers

Today’s article comes from Debbie Salat at ABC Fundraising, and with over 20 years of fundraising experience, Debbie offers the following advice for parents and...

23 Jul 2021 Roger Devine

Marketing for School Fundraising Events: A Crash Course

Whether you’re a parent of a student or a faculty or staff member, you’ve likely faced the stress that comes with running a successful school...

23 Jul 2021 Roger Devine

Procuring During A Pandemic, Part 2

Let’s talk about how procuring auction items has changed in the time of COVID-19.

10 Jun 2020 Roger Devine

Make More Money At Your Auction With Data, Part 2: Supporters

In our last post, we discussed how to use Item data from your previous event(s) to improve your procurement and pricing strategies and make more...

03 Jun 2020 Roger Devine

Make More Money At Your Auction With Data, Part 1: Items

Every auction generates data. You probably already review your sales data to gauge the success of your events. But delving even deeper into your data...

03 Jun 2020 Roger Devine

How To Invite Bidders To Your Online Auction

For obvious reasons (we’re looking at you, Covid-19), we’re focusing our blogging on online auctions these days. Many of you are converting your galas to...

12 May 2020 Roger Devine

Choosing the Right Online Auction Settings for Your Fundraiser

“Are my online auction settings right?” Our support team sees variations of this question a lot. And we’re always glad to take a look at...

24 Apr 2020 Roger Devine

6 Important Donor Metrics For Your Fundraising Records

The following is a guest post, from our friends at CharityEngine.

22 Apr 2020 Roger Devine

Procurement During a Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 induced economic downturn, many businesses and families are struggling to make ends meet. And nonprofits are struggling to support their communities...

15 Apr 2020 Roger Devine

New Progress Trackers (aka Fundraising Thermometers)

Many of our customers are converting to online events. We’re hard at work developing new features to enhance the online auction for you and for...

08 Apr 2020 Roger Devine

Is Your Online Auction Set Up the Way You Want?

If you’ve converted your event to an online auction, or if you were planning to run an online auction to begin with, you may be...

18 Mar 2020 Roger Devine

Converting Your Gala to a Successful Online Auction

Some organizations are considering cancelling their gala events due to the coronavirus. That’s a difficult choice to make. And as we mentioned in the email...

13 Mar 2020 Roger Devine

Promotion: The Key to Online Auction Success

As we discussed last week, you can easily convert your gala to an online-only event. And because of the Covid-19 crisis, many of our customers...

12 Mar 2020 Roger Devine

It's 2020, and We Need To Talk About Privacy

Update: here is the missing link from the email: https://support.tofinoauctions.com/hc/en-us/articles/205140305-Editing-the-Privacy-Policy-and-Terms-

03 Jan 2020 Roger Devine

What's In A Name?

Online. It’s a word we use a lot in our lives; an adjective that modifies hundreds of our daily activities: shopping, dating, meetings… and auctions,...

18 Feb 2019 Roger Devine

A Strategy for Selling Tickets to Your Auction

When you decide to hold a gala auction fundraiser, you know you have to have to have auction items, and you have to have guests...

29 Jan 2019 Roger Devine

Start Pushing Buttons!

One of the really great things about this business is working with all of you. Really - think about it. By definition, our customers are...

24 Jan 2019 Roger Devine

Why We Include Multiple Events in Our annual plans

The most common conversation I have with prospective customers surrounds one particular aspect of our product design: it’s a annual plan, which allows you to...

14 Jan 2019 Roger Devine

New! Import items from DonationMatch!

Have you checked out DonationMatch yet? I’ll give you a moment. Do come back, though: we have a very cool program going on with them...

07 Jan 2019 Roger Devine

Resolved: Let's Talk Auctions

Happy New Year’s, everyone.

02 Jan 2019 Roger Devine

New Catalog Image Setting Option + more

We’re rolling out new code this afternoon, including an adjustment to our new catalog display. Some of you have been unhappy about the way item...

16 Jan 2018 Roger Devine

Sporadic Outages This Morning

UPDATE : We still don’t have word as to what went wrong at the data center, but all sites are back up and running. For...

16 Jan 2018 Roger Devine

Big Upgrade News: Rolling Out Now

So in my last blog post, I told you about some new code that we have been working on. Most of the time, we release...

04 Oct 2017 Roger Devine

New Product Features Coming Fall 2017

The thing about software is that it’s never done - we have to keep listening to what our customers like and don’t like, what they...

06 Sep 2017 Roger Devine

Should You Use Mobile Bidding For Your Special Appeal?

Special Appeals (aka Paddle Raises or Fund-A-Need) are a staple of fundraising auctions. Mobile Bidding is a popular auction trend. Are they compatible?

30 May 2017 Roger Devine

Auction Night Supply Checklist

Yay for checklists! They are oh so helpful especially on event night. This supply checklist gives you one less thing to worry about while you...

20 Mar 2017 Roger Devine

Add A Selfie Station To Your Auction

Having a photo station at your event can be a fun, entertaining addition to the night. One option for would be to hire a photographer...

13 Mar 2017 Roger Devine

Outages today related to Amazon's AWS

We use Amazon’s AWS service to serve the item images on your auction sites. We also use two other services that rely on it heavily:...

28 Feb 2017 Roger Devine

Selecting a annual plan Level

Last summer, we re-jiggered the feature sets for our annual plan levels, adding significant new mobile-bidding features to our Plus and Premium annual plans. We...

12 Jan 2017 Roger Devine

FAQ: "Limited" Mobile Bidding

From time to time, I’m going to post questions sent to me from auction chairs about our product or company, along with our answers.

14 Nov 2016 Roger Devine

Three Big New Enhancements For All Subscribers - 11/2/2016

Last night, we rolled out three greatly-anticipated upgrades to our software that should make your life as an auction chair easier. We’re excited about these,...

02 Nov 2016 Roger Devine

Introducing Contests

Auction longevity is certainly a sign of success, but it can also lead to stagnation. After a few years of hosting the same event, your...

05 Oct 2016 Roger Devine

New Code Rolling Now - Read About The Changes

It’s time. The changes we’ve teased for a couple of months now are being released. You can read about them and see screenshotson our support...

08 Sep 2016 Roger Devine

Vanco Upgrades - Returns and "Funds"

New! Vanco now allows refunds processed through third party software so you may now issue refunds in a single step, directly from the Order. The...

13 Jul 2016 Roger Devine

Software (and Pricing Changes) Coming...

Here at SchoolAuction.net, we’re continuously upgrading our auction software throughout the year, and this summer, we will be rolling out some awesome upgrades. In addition...

20 Jun 2016 Roger Devine

New Feature: Quick-Bid Buttons

This summer, we’re going to be rolling out many improvements to our mobile-bidding system; we’ve received some excellent feedback from the mobile events of this...

13 Jun 2016 Roger Devine

Selling Scrip Online

We’ve been asked often by the schools who use our software how to set it up for online scrip ordering. We used to discourage this,...

24 May 2016 Roger Devine

Auction Checklist - Front Desk Essentials

I love checklists. And with a large, complicated project like planning an auction, they can be incredibly useful.

19 Apr 2016 Roger Devine

How You Can Help Other Auction Teams Find Great Software

So, I’m the marketing guy here. And that means that I’m supposed to find all sorts of ways to advertise and promote us and toot...

14 Apr 2016 Roger Devine

New Feature: Flagging Items for Will Call

This week’s update adds a new field to the Item Edit Screen - the Will Call Flag. This allows you to note whether an item...

22 Mar 2016 Roger Devine

Mid-March 2016 Software Update

This week, we are releasing two new features to the software that we think will make many of our experienced customers very happy.

17 Mar 2016 Roger Devine

Support Desk Outage Today

Update: 2/21/16: It’s all fixed now. You can go back to using the green help widget on the side.

20 Feb 2016 Roger Devine

Read What Other Customers Have To Say About Us

If you have used our software in the past 7 years (and you aren’t based in our hometown of Portland), you probably found us through...

23 Nov 2015 Roger Devine

Application Update 11/2015: Bulk-Edit Donors and More...

Most weeks, we release a code upgrade. We don’t blog about these regularly (although I probably should), because most of the time (at least during...

18 Nov 2015 Roger Devine

Mobile Bidding 101

No doubt about it, Mobile Bidding has been the topic of the past couple of years around here. We spent a lot of time thinking...

31 Oct 2015 Roger Devine

Supported Browsers: Fall 2015 Update

Every SchoolAuction.net, Tofino Auctions, and PartySupporters.com auction website is it’s own e-commerce store. And in the world of e-commerce, we have to stay vigilant with...

11 Sep 2015 Roger Devine

Maintenance Windows This Week

Our servers will be unavailable this Wednesday (9/2) from 12:00 am to 2:00 am and Thursday (9/3) from 12:00 am to 2:00 am (all times...

01 Sep 2015 Roger Devine

"Mobile Bidding-only" Tickets Increase Access To Your Gala

See if this scenario sounds familiar: your school community holds an annual gala auction, at which the classroom projects produced by the students are always...

14 Aug 2015 Roger Devine

On Chip-Based (EMV) Credit Cards and Your Auction

Executive Summary:

31 Jul 2015 Roger Devine

Browser Compatibility Update: 6/2015

For many years, we have worked very hard to maintain compatibility with as wide a range of web browsers as possible. We know that many...

02 Jun 2015 Roger Devine

Advance Check-In/Self Check-Out

19 Jan 2015 Roger Devine

Designing Inclusive School Fundraisers

Frequently, school auction chairs talk to me about the pressure they face to make their fundraisers inclusive - to lower ticket prices, load up the...

20 Dec 2014 Roger Devine

Games For Fundraising Auctions: Chicken Bingo

We love to see our customers include games in their fundraising auctions. There are classics like Heads or Tails, and then there are ones that...

19 Sep 2014 Roger Devine

Setting Your Fundraising Auction Budget

Earlier today, I received a request from someone who had downloaded and read our eBook, The SchoolAuction.net Guide to Running a Fundraising Auction. She was...

15 Sep 2014 Roger Devine

Mobile Bidding for Small Fundraising Auctions

First of all, my apologies - this is long for a blog post. But I want to put it here, so we can engage in...

06 Sep 2014 Roger Devine

Finding Silent Auction Items

Finding silent auction items is one of those tasks that many auction teams ask for help with. If that includes you, listen up.

19 Aug 2014 Roger Devine

New Catalog Display Options!

We’ve added a setting so you can choose to organize your web catalog by item name, number, category or by designating your items to display...

15 Aug 2014 Roger Devine

Guest Blog: Consignment Items

This is a guest blog, by our friend Mike Hanley. Thanks, Mike!

25 Jul 2014 Roger Devine

Help Us Spread The Word

If you’re already a customer of ours, you probably know a few things about us:

07 Jul 2014 Roger Devine

A Brand New Look

05 Jul 2014 Roger Devine

Update Coming

In the next couple of weeks, we will begin updating all SchoolAuction.net event sites that have been established for future events. This update (two years...

10 Jun 2014 Roger Devine

We Wrote A Book!

True facts: I was an English major in college (Trinity University, class of 1988), and after graduating, I moved to New York City to work...

08 Jun 2014 Roger Devine

On Selecting A Benefit Auctioneer

If you are going to hold a Live Auction, you really should hire a professional auctioneer. You may think that there’s not much to it...

14 May 2014 Roger Devine

Alert: Issues with Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo made some changes to their security settings in the past two weeks - which is blocking emails being sent with a Yahoo “from” address,...

29 Apr 2014 Roger Devine

More On High School Auctions

I talked a bit the other day about how in high schools, the auction-team is often a coalition of volunteers supporting specific clubs or teams,...

18 Apr 2014 Roger Devine

The Difference with High-School Auctions

My son (my only child) is a High-School Freshman this year. Which means that this is the first year that I was On The Team...

16 Apr 2014 Roger Devine

Security Update: Heart Bleed

The widely-publicized vulnerability in Open SSL has affected most e-commerce web applications on the Internet, and our software is no exception. We have been working...

10 Apr 2014 Roger Devine

Talking Auctions

I talk to auction chairs just about every day. And although we do talk a lot about the SchoolAuction.net software, we also talk about general...

09 Apr 2014 Roger Devine

Something I Love: Mobile Hotspots

There is really only one downside to web-based auction software - you need an Internet connection at your venue. Most of the time (here in...

17 Feb 2014 Roger Devine

Contact Us | SchoolAuction.net

Every day (weekends included), we are available to our prospects and customers, to answer questions and provide help on a wide variety of fundraising topics....

03 Feb 2014 Roger Devine

Credit-Card Processing: Planning for the Future

Over the next 20 months or so, most merchants in the United States who accept credit-card transactions will be upgrading their card-reading equipment, to enable...

22 Jan 2014 Roger Devine

Something I Love: Easel Backs

Silent auction tables can get crowded. One solution is to put your description sheets on the table in a standing position. There are many ways...

12 Dec 2013 Roger Devine

Maximizing Results with an Online Auction

Online auctions may appear to be an easy, convenient way to raise money for your school or organization. But the truth is that online auctions,...

26 Nov 2013 Roger Devine

Auction Planning 101: getting the most out of the software

From the moment you purchase our software, we’ll offer you opportunities to learn how to use it. However, we know that regardless of how much...

05 Nov 2013 Roger Devine

Lots of Exciting New Features in 2013!

Running a school fundraiser can be a lot of work – we know; we’ve done it ourselves. We’ve also helped a lot of other fundraising...

24 Oct 2013 Roger Devine

5 Steps to a Great Fundraising Auction

We are big fans of Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions; she always has worthwhile nuggets to share for the greater good.

19 Oct 2013 Roger Devine

The Story Behind SchoolAuction.net

Our company, and our product, grew out of a desire to make a difference in our school communities, to support quality education; and to offer...

09 Oct 2013 Roger Devine

Kicking Auction Season off right – planning 101

“Come join our team, we’re really making things happen for our kid’s school!”

01 Oct 2013 Roger Devine

Sign-up Parties Boost Results!

Auctions are fun – at least, they should be fun. Buying stuff can be fun as well (there’s a reason we have more of it...

25 Sep 2013 Roger Devine

Connect with your audience, early and often!

It’s a new year and for many of you it’s the time when your benefit auction planning and implementation strategies really start ramping up! In...

20 Sep 2013 Roger Devine

Status Update: 9/11/2013

So, that stunk.

11 Sep 2013 Roger Devine

Status Update: 9/10/2013

Status Update: 9/10/2013

11 Sep 2013 Roger Devine

Shorter URLs for your Registration pages

This week my son started high school. And naturally, the school that he is going to uses our software to run their auction, and has...

06 Sep 2013 Roger Devine

On Clerking

So… about that person or people you have up on stage, recording live auction bids and paddle raise pledges? You should think about who they...

31 Aug 2013 Roger Devine

Why Mobile Bidding Is A Bad Idea

UPDATE: Fall 2014

08 Aug 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Software Lead

This, the last post in our Dream Team series, focuses on a key role which supports the efforts of every other team member: Software Lead....

04 Jul 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Front Desk Manager

Today’s post picks up where we left off a few weeks ago in the_Building Your School Auction Dream Team_ series, in which we are outlining...

22 Jun 2013 Roger Devine

Announcing our newest feature: Advance Check-in!

Our one-of-a-kind fundraising software is designed to make guests happier and results better for hard-working volunteer teams. To that end, we are excited to announce...

15 Jun 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Theme and Decorations Chair

Who doesn’t love a good party?

01 Jun 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Ticket Sales Captain

Auction items are procured, decorations are up, the band is at the ready… but without people in those seats, all this preparation is for naught....

24 May 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Limiting and Defining Roles

If you’ve been following this blog series, by now you’ve filled several sections in your teambuilding binder with job descriptions for key positions in the...

22 May 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Sign-up Party Procurement

It’s our 5th in the Building Your (School Auction) Dream Team blog series, and today we’ll focus on filling the position of_Sign-up Party Procurement Chair._...

10 May 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Live Auction Procurement Chair

This series – Building Your School Auction Dream Team- is intended to help you identify WHO are the people in your community who have the...

07 May 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Silent Auction Procurement Chair

Auction season is winding down. Rather than packing away those event notebooks prematurely; however, remember that next year’s momentum is built upon this year’s organizational...

30 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

The Dream Team: Event Chair

Today’s post, the third in our series titled Building Your School Auction Dream Team, will outline a key position in your overall Auction Committee Organization...

23 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

Building a Dream Team: the Org Chart

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are already one of the 20% who makes 80% of the action happen. If you’re in...

17 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

Building your School Auction Dream Team

For many of you auction night has come and gone… and you’re already looking ahead to next year.

13 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

Many Ways to Use our Software

We’ve developed software that will effectively support you in carrying off a successful school auction fundraiser. And… it has lots of other wonderful bells and...

11 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

Smoothing out Auction Night Snags

In our last blog we talked about the most important pieces of information to have with you on Auction night. In today’s post, we’re adding...

06 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

Online Auctions Boost Results

The Auction is over… but what about the leftover items?

03 Apr 2013 Roger Devine

Auction Night 911: The List

It’s event night.

29 Mar 2013 Roger Devine

Plan for Success… by planning your succession

Chairing an auction is a huge commitment and an even bigger job - you are a hero for stepping up!

20 Mar 2013 Roger Devine

Putting the Magic Rolodex to work

How much time is typically spent by new auction volunteers calling, emailing and digging through binders and notes to find important contacts and information?

13 Mar 2013 Roger Devine

Debrief: Setting the Stage for Success

Remember what it was like, the first time you got involved in the auction planning process? If you recall the process being easy and seamless,...

08 Mar 2013 Roger Devine

Creating a Structure for School Auction Success

“Come join our team, we’re really making things happen for our kid’s school!”

05 Mar 2013 Roger Devine

New Features: February 2013

This week, along with several security- and performance-enhancements, we’ve enabled the following:

27 Feb 2013 Roger Devine

Upgrade Issue: 2/21/2103

This week, we applied a security upgrade to some of the code libraries that SchoolAuction.net and Tofino Auctions are built on. It was an important...

22 Feb 2013 Roger Devine

A Noble Profession…

As much as volunteerism can leave us feeling alone and overwhelmed, there is nobility in the labors of love we undertake on behalf of children,...

13 Feb 2013 Roger Devine

Our way of saying Thanks for your Referrals…

A great measure of our success is when you tell other schools and organizations about your success with our software.

08 Feb 2013 Roger Devine

Guests Love Experiences… and Parties!

If you’re like many of us, you attend at least one benefit auction – in addition to the one you are helping to plan –...

05 Feb 2013 Roger Devine

How did we do last year? And other common questions…

Because school auctions are generally run by volunteers, record keeping systems are often makeshift and handed down through loose leaf binders and sticky notes. Sound...

01 Feb 2013 Roger Devine

4 Tasks that Waste Volunteer’s Time… for low returns

Let’s face it, there’s a lot to do to make your fundraising event a success. Chances are, right now you’re up to your armpits in...

27 Jan 2013 Roger Devine

5 Steps To A Great Fundraising Auction

I’m a big fan of Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions, and today the Nonprofit Spark podcast featured this interview with her. It is really...

22 Jan 2013 Roger Devine

Getting to the Heart of the matter

It’s a new year and, for many of you, it’s the time when your benefit auction planning and implementation strategies really start ramping up!

11 Jan 2013 Roger Devine

Introducing our newest team member

Hi, I’m Delila Olsson and, along with being a mother and small business owner, I am a professional volunteer and the newest member of the...

08 Jan 2013 Roger Devine

SchoolAuction.net Application Update September 2012

You may have noticed a few new changes on your site:

09 Sep 2012 Roger Devine

Square & SchoolAuction.net, Pt. 2

A couple of weeks ago, there was news that Square, the innovative payments processor that makes those iPhone-based card-readers one sees at coffee shops everywhere,...

29 Aug 2012 Roger Devine

Square & SchoolAuction.net, Pt. 1

Square has been a disruptive force in the merchant-processing business since its emergence a couple of years ago. And since you can use just about...

17 Aug 2012 Roger Devine

Using QR Codes with SchoolAuction.net

If you print posters or postcards or flyers to advertise your auction, you probably already print the URL for your SchoolAuction.net website on them. Consider...

31 Jul 2012 Roger Devine

Guest Blog: Don't Pay Commissions

As a profession, auctioneering has long had performance tied to compensation. Auctioneers have based their worth, literally, on their ability to market and sell assets...

18 Jul 2012 Roger Devine

Top Product!

We got some very exciting news this week - SchoolAuction.net was named a Top Product of 2012 by Christian School Products magazine.

12 Jul 2012 Roger Devine

5 reasons nonprofits SHOULDN'T hold an auction

Most people reading this blog are helping with the planning of an auction.

11 Jul 2012 Roger Devine

Support Issues: 3/7 - 3/12

We need to apologize to all of you who were working on your auctions this past week, and tried to get help by emailing us....

14 Mar 2012 Roger Devine

Fundraising Auctions at Colleges and Universities

Holding an auction is an effective and fun way to raise money. For colleges and universities, it can be a great way to get the...

06 Mar 2012 Roger Devine

Finding Item Descriptions With Your Smartphone

This one may be something everyone other than me figured out long ago, but I’m still pretty excited to have discovered it.

06 Feb 2012 Roger Devine

Maintenance Alert: Zendesk Support System

We use a support-desk system called Zendesk, here at SchoolAuction.net World HQ. Today (1/21/12), they have scheduled maintenance from 4PM-6PM PST (00:00 - 02:00 GMT...

22 Jan 2012 Roger Devine

Getting Auction Donations: A List of Resources

It’s THE perennial topic - getting items for your silent auction. People who have done it a few times have a list, a letter that...

09 Jan 2012 Roger Devine

NAJDS 2012

Are you coming to the North American Jewish Day School Conference? If so, stop by and see us in the Marketplace - we’ll be running...

05 Jan 2012 Roger Devine

School Auction Themes: Nights (Of The Round Tables?)

More ideas from our incredibly creative, fun, customers. Have any Nights of your own to add? Add a comment below…

31 Dec 2011 Roger Devine

About Online Auctions

Many of our customers are either gung-ho about doing an online auction, or curious about it. It’s one of the reasons they like our software...

30 Dec 2011 Roger Devine

Finding Auction Items

“Procuring auction items” is often seen as the biggest challenge for a school auction team. Here are three tips that can reduce the stress of...

28 Dec 2011 Roger Devine

School Auction Themes: Evoking Exotic Locales

Picking the right school auction theme can inspire your volunteers, give you an focal point for your procurement, and even help sell tickets. So it’s...

27 Dec 2011 Roger Devine