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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(503) 715-1112

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Does Your School Fundraising Event Need A COVID Waiver?

by Daryl McCarl, Director of Business Development at Smartwaiver

23 Jul 2021 admin

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

Leveraging Prospect Research for Your Virtual Gala: 4 Tips

Recently, fundraising professionals have turned to virtual galas in an effort to sustain annual fundraising events that bring in a lot of funding and engage...

23 Jul 2021 admin

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

School Auction Social Media Strategy Series: Content

You’re on a roll, now. Your SchoolAuction.net website is set up, your social media pages are ready to go, and you have hashtags that are...

03 May 2019 Kelsey Zander

School Auction Social Media Strategy Series: Hashtags

A social media campaign isn’t complete without a catchy hashtag. Hashtags have shown to increase engagement across Instagram by 12.6%, and a tweet with a...

23 Apr 2019 Kelsey Zander

School Auction Social Media Strategy Series: Getting Started

Before we get into the fun content and marketing posts, let’s start by getting comfortable with our auction’s social media accounts. SchoolAuction.net has made it...

12 Apr 2019 Kelsey Zander

School Auction Social Media Strategy Series: Introduction

We know what you’re thinking: “Do I really need a social media strategy for a school auction? Isn’t that a little overkill?”

18 Mar 2019 Kelsey Zander

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

Resolved: Let's Talk Auctions

Happy New Year’s, everyone.

02 Jan 2019 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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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