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 set up and host the auction. Whether you are new to chairing an auction or have lots of experience, this list will prove useful to having a successful event. Beads: For

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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, because of one big issue – the fees you pay your merchant processor for credit-card processing can eat up the margins on scrip. But ever since we added the ability

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“Mobile Bidding-only” Tickets Increase Access To Your Gala Auction

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 a big source of excitement and bidding. Your school community also contains families who never attend the gala, but complain that because they can’t (or don’t) attend it, they never

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Advance Check-In/Self Check-Out

watch the video! Advance Check-in and Self Check-out are the most important upgrades we made to the software in the last year.  Why? They increase guest satisfaction at your event, by dramatically reducing the time needed to check-in and check-out They reduce the equipment (computers, printers, credit-card readers) needed at your event They increase credit-card

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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 silent auction with low-value items, etc., all in the name of making sure no one feels left out. And over the years, these auction chairs have shared with me strategies

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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 very nice; said she found it really helpful, but that it was missing one thing: a template she could use to set up her fundraising auction budget. My wife

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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 in the editorial department at Viking Penguin. I was an Editorial Assistant, and then an Assistant Editor, and then an Associate Editor, and then in 1992, I jumped ship to

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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 – talk fast, tell some jokes, and point at people – but I can tell you that there is an enormous difference in the outcomes between an amateur and a

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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, rather than relying only on the PTA/PTSA/PTO or school foundation. This made coordination an absolute imperative, but it also spreads the work of procurement and ticket sales much more widely

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