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.
"I really appreciate that they allow you to access your archived events. When I was researching event software, most companies would give you a certain amount of time to download data before purging the event. Being able to refer back to past years is really helpful."
They also provide features which allow guests to round up their bill, add a donation or pay the credit card fees. Most people are happy to pay these small amounts and it adds up quickly.
The self check-out feature alone is gold. Guests can review their bills on their phones and pay without getting in a line. If they don't have auction items, they can even leave and pay the bill later.
Pros: Intuitive. If you are even fairly comfortable with computers you can figure this out and get up to speed quickly!
Easy to use. Straightforward tutorials. Good support. . .the software sets you up for success. The staff seem to really want your organization to succeed.
As an event producer specializing in nonprofit auctions, I've worked with SchoolAuction.net, as well as a few other similar providers, for over a decade in the fundraising event industry. SchoolAuction.net is the most innovative, responsive and intuitive platform out there, with developers that work to meet the changing needs of the industry. SchoolAuction.net is typically among the first to offer solutions based on real-time obstacles, and to address "wish-list" features such as user-friendly, attractive online auctions, mobile bidding for event guests as well as those bidding remotely, and more. I highly recommend SchoolAuction.net as a terrific tool for planning your nonprofit organization's next fundraising event.
The support is extremely helpful and quick, providing quick how-to's (really important if you are doing an auction that evening) as well as thoughtful strategy and insight for making the most out of the auction.
This software was obviously designed by someone who has done auctions extensively. Every time I had a specific need, I found that they had already thought of that. Often times, to make a program work for your situation, you need to come up with some workarounds. That was never necessary with SchoolAuction.net. They had already anticipated the need. Support is within an hour at the most. They gave me a phone number to use the night of the auction, but we never needed it. It worked better than expected.
We went with SchoolAuction.net because we needed to have an online event to accommodate covid concerns. Our desire was to have the people decide whether they would attend and bid on their phones or bid from home. Unfortunately, we had an outbreak in our organization and had to go totally online. Because of the design of the software, that was a seamless transition. We originally went with SchoolAuction.net as a one time use because of covid. The program convinced us to stick with it regardless of what next year brings.
This software was created with the average computer user in mind but also gives the customization tools for a super user! It has a beautiful website for the bidding audience and a fully functional database with excellent reporting for the auction team. I would say the best thing about this software is its ease of use for everyone, our bidders, ticket buyers, donors, and especially our volunteer team. I don't have to spend a bunch of time training them how to use the software, it has a very detailed search system and walk through function so my staff can learn how to use it on their own.
I have a great deal of experience with various types and scopes of business systems. . . I am impressed that this one system offers so many features and functions all in one program, including credit card transactions. I give it an absolute "two-thumbs up"! I'm not impressed easily, but I'm definitely impressed with this program and their people.
Robert B (Brenan)
The customer support is second to none. They have addressed every single ticket I have submitted in under 30 minutes and have always addressed my concerns. The front end is great and easily customized to meet your needs. The backend is straightforward to navigate for anyone with even a little technical ability. They allow you to migrate data between sites in order to preserve donor and item information which makes follow-on years very easy to implement. I have researched other products and I sincerely believe this is the best product for a mid to large size event. You will not be disappointed by this product or their customer service!
“I LOVE this system! It is easy to use and navigate and the help we receive from your company is outstanding.”
“We got exactly what we wanted from the software, and didn’t have to pay for any extra bells and whistles we didn’t need. All of us felt like it was a great value. And between the super-responsive support staff and the excellent documentation, I never felt lost at sea, which means quite a lot.”
“I wish we had purchased the software sooner. You can put so much information into the software, and we only had a few weeks to upload everything. It was a little difficult to get everything in the software. Now that I’ve used it and I’m familiar with it, I’ve realized that we can put more information in there that we didn’t.” Read Interview
Mary Ellen Holmes
“Everything is pretty self-explanatory and it provides everything from donor information to the actual gift certificates/vouchers you can print in the absence of a tangible item. Personalized, reliable support is amazingly helpful too!”
“I have been using this software for the past two years and it is excellent and very user friendly! I have run the entire auction event from start to finish with this site and I have no complaints about it at all. The customer support is second to none. They have addressed every single ticket I have submitted in under 30 minutes and have always addressed my concerns. The front end is great and easily customized to meet your needs. The backend is straightforward to navigate for anyone with even a little technical ability. They allow you to migrate data between sites in order to preserve donor and item information which makes follow-on years very easy to implement. I have researched other products and I sincerely believe this is the best product for a mid to large size event. You will not be disappointed by this product or their customer service!”
“SchoolAuction.net has been an incredible upgrade from the software we used for a few years. It’s a complete system that essentially provides everything you need in order to conduct an online and/or live auction, from selling tickets to selling items, assigning and printing bid sheets and bidder cards, as well as invoicing, tracking and receiving payments, and reconciliation. Essentially, it’s a complete system. We compared many systems before converting to SchoolAuction.net 3 years ago, and once we chose this one, we haven’t looked back. Each year they have added new and exciting features (they even have mobile bidding and self-checkout with automated email reminders to pay), and their support is fast and clear. They also have very good tutorials and videos, which makes it easy for me to train new users each year (thank you for that, guys!).”
“Our PTA wanted to make sure their money was being well spent… I research and evaluate (and install) software for a living. So I researched the different auction software systems that are out there and hands down SchoolAuction.net was the best choice. I can’t say enough about what great service we’ve gotten over the past few years I’ve been working with this company.”