Selecting a Venue (plus a little discussion of catering options)

by Kathryn Schwartz

Some fortunate people will have a space affiliated with their organization that they can use for an auction (such as a school, church or community center). Or maybe a Board member with a home or business space big enough to accommodate the event. But for most auction organizers, finding an ideal – or even adequate – location will take some time and effort.

If you are planning to have the auction in a space connected to your organization, consider the space using the same critical eye you would if you were renting. A free venue is nice – but if it isn’t big enough, or the layout doesn’t work, it might not be your best choice.

Where to Start?
Your first steps should be to:

  1. Identify potential locations
  2. Consider date possibilities (the more flexible and the further in advance you do this step, the more venue choices you will have)
  3. Estimate how much room you’ll need

You can get preliminary answers to these questions without even leaving the house – once you’ve done so, then it will be time to make some phone calls and site visits. Let’s get started: