FLASH SALE!!! Caffeine and Dream: Energize your Event

48 HOURS TO SAVE $20 PER ORG! BRING YOUR EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM! Click Me YOU can raise more money at your next event! Join us for a Networking Seminar to learn how to Energize Your Next Event directly from the Experts! Bring your whole events team! One ticket per organization. Have some Caffeine and…
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Meet the Call To Auction family in our new home!

Founded in 2014 after many years of contemplation, Call To Auction has served as auctioneers and fundraising consultants to over 250  events, inspired 1000’s of donors to help raise over $100+ million to impact the world. What started as a one-man show with a passion for better events that are more exciting, engaging and inspring…
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From $50k to $750k in less than 5 years

We have been so fortunate to partner with one of our favorite clients, Chances for Children. Not just one of our favorites because they do amazing work in Haiti, but they have partnered with us for the past 5 years and have seen 1500% increase in fundraising. What started as an event in the founder…
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Does a larger gala audience equal higher fundraising results?

Does a larger gala audience equal higher fundraising results?

We need more guests!!! We had 350 last year, let’s get 500 this year…we’ll raise more money! Let’s get 1000 this year and we’ll truly break fundraising records. Have you ever thought or spoke these words? If you have, I’m sure you may or may not have realized your dream ROI of your latest gala. Serving…
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Awesome AFP Arizona State Conference

Hello all of my Fundraising Superheroes, especially my friends that I met at the Arizona Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference on July 19 and July 20, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. What a fantastic day filled with fellowship, fundraising best practices and FUN all culminating with the World Premier of Fundraiser: The Musical presented by Call…
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The Auction Block Radio Features Bobby D. and Call To Auction

      What a great time to share the airwaves with hosts of The Auction Block Sean Hanafi and Jason Stancill on #MoneyRadio 1510am! We talked with Fundraising Strategist Kathy Kingston about her best selling book A Higher Bid. We also shared ways that everyone can help their favorite nonprofit or cause. We also…
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NEW Fundraising Auction Seminars in Arizona!

You’re invited to change the trajectory for your event and find your true fundraising potential! Register here!  REGISTER NOW! FREE GIFTS!
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See you next week at the AFP Arizona Conference!

  Call To Auction is so excited to be an exhibitor at this years Association of Fundraising Professionals of Arizona Statewide Conference! Our auctioneers and consultants, Frank Kitchen, Daren Shumway and Oscar Guerrero will be on hand to answer questions and give ideas of who to add energy and dollars to you next fundraising event.  Be sure…
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5 bullet FUNdraise Friday

Hi everyone, As promised in a Facebook post last week, we will publish a weekly 5 bullet FUNdraise Friday. We can’t take all the credit… the incredibly talented Tim Ferris is the one who inspired us to gather our top 5 pieces of news/photos/inspiration, but we will focus specifically on fundraising. Here’s what’s been on…
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Free Money! How You Can Raise Funds from Thin Air

Come out and join us on March 2nd for our next Lunch and Learn! Find out all the information and register here–> Scottsdale Lunch and Learn I hope to see you there!
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Watch Bobby D. and Call To Auction Break Fundraising Records!

Need to see it to believe it? Here you go! Want to have similar results? Call today: 855-GO-GAVEL
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New Feature: YouTube Channel

New Feature: We are now optimizing and regularly updated our YouTube Channel! We’ll have all of our video blogs on the channel as well as our webinars, exclusive YouTube only content and much more! Please subscribe to stay updated. Also don’t hesitate to leave any comments or questions you might have under the videos. What…
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New Feature: Auctions In Review

Here is a new feature for our blog and youtube channel: Auctions in Review. We will break down the events that we help plan, organize and conduct each week. We’ll dive into each event and share the revenue generation techniques, cutting edge ideas and ways to raise more money so that you can have better…
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Check Out this New Podcast Just for Fundraisers

If you work for a non-profit, a professional fundraiser or are a member of a fundraising event committee, then you should check out this new podcast. They have a lot of great ideas that can set your event apart from all the rest. Click here to learn more about Fundraiser Solutions Podcast You can also…
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Auctions, Raffles and Cash Calls, Oh My! – Part 2

In my previous blog, I talked about some of the points that the guests on Tony Martignetti’s podcast made about make a fundraising auction successful. They focused on Cash Calls, Auctions and Raffles and tips on how to make these fundraising elements more appealing to donors. If you’d like to see more of my thoughts,…
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Auctions, Raffles, and Cash Calls, Oh My!- Response to Tony Martignetti NonProfit Radio Podcast

This is a quick blog post in regards to the recent podcast from the Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio Show “Auctions, Raffles and Cash Calls Oh My!”. I’ve been listening to Tony’s podcasts for quite some time now. I’m always looking for insights into the non-profit sector and how I can implement those ideas and thoughts…
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You’ve never had a LIVE AUCTION? Why not? 6 steps to Live Auction Success!

I will admit, that there are some very successful events that have never had a live auction or Fund A Need during the dinner portion of the event. I am also pretty sure that these events are leaving thousands if not TENS of thousands of dollars literally on the table if the donors are either…
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Why you NEED a Professional Fundraising Auctioneer at your event!

<iframe src="//www overnight shipping cialis.youtube.com/embed/j9xOGqAnLJI?list=UUFr_xdf3kzBBSSf8LCPfXLQ” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> So you’re having a Live Auction at your upcoming fundraiser…you need an auctioneer, right? You might be saying to your committee “Does anyone know an auctioneer? Does anyone know anyone that can talk fast? Does anyone know anyone who would be willing to stand on stage…
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Are You Making These Killer Mistakes When Planning Your Benefit Golf Tournaments?

When planning any kind of event, it is important to ask yourself, the Board and the planning committee these questions: Why should anyone want to attend this event? The ‘why’ has to be logical and meaningful. Is the money that is being raised impacting local causes? Do the donors know how they are impacting their…
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Excited to Present at the “Event Auction Strategies and Secrets” Workshop presented by the Arizona Nonprofit Academy

I can’t wait for this great opportunity to share the experience and expertise I have learned by working with so many organizations over the past years to raise more money, help more people and change the communities they reside in. I’ll be co-presenting with Robyn Broshears of Auction Events Solutions www.aesauctions.com and we will be discussing…
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Why I Love What I Do – A Fundraising Auctioneer's Perspective

As a professional fundraising auctioneer, I feel very fortunate and honored to help people every day. Whether it’s consulting with a client on best practices for their upcoming event or actually calling a live auction and exciting and inspiring donors to give more than possible, being a fundraising auctioneer is a calling that I find…
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Proud to be a NAA Auctioneer!

Coming off of an amazing week at this year’s National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show in Louisville, Kentucky, I am re-energized and renewed in the auction method of selling; particularly in helping non-profit organizations raise more money and retain more donors. I met with some amazing auctioneers who are helping so many people around the…
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Prior, Proper, Planning

I was trained by my parents about the seven P’s: Prior Proper Planning Prevents P!$$ Poor Performance. (Sorry about the foul language, but I think you get my point) When you give yourself, your team and your event the proper prior planning it deserves, you set yourselves up for success! By taking the time to…
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Why Use a Professional Logistics Company at Your Next Benefit Auction?

Why the heck would you hire a company to do your registration for your next event when you have a staff that is more than capable of handing out bidder numbers, creating seat assignments and event programs? Oh yeah, they also have to accept payment, make sure the right silent and live auction items go…
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Go with the Flow – 6 Tips to Effective Timing at Your Next Fundraising Auction

    Why is having a correct flow of show so critical at your next fundraising event or gala? It can increase your donor base and their engagement,  increase the overall dollars raised and make it more likely that donors will participate during future events. Don’t forget these 5 tips when putting together your flow…
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Don't Make These Mistakes at Your Next Benefit Auction

No display or terrible live auction display <img class="wp-image-678 alignleft" alt="liveauction" src="http://calltoauction cheap cialis overnight delivery.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/liveauction.jpg” width=”330″ height=”277″ />You need your donors and bidders to know what’s in the live auction and give them reasons to be excited about them! This is a great example of a live auction display. Sell the sizzle and not…
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Big Ideas for Big Donations

We are pleased to introduce the second installment in our Maximizing Profits for Non Profits seminar series: Big Ideas for Big Donations at Your Next Event If you are ready to: Bring in donations bigger than ever you thought possible Add 15-25% or more to your Silent and Live Auction Budgets Use the advancements in mobile electronic…
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Charity auctions

Charity Auction Ideas

“What are we going to auction off?” is maybe the most important part of envisioning your charity fundraising auction. The excellence of your auction depends on the value and demand for products up for bid. Your team will need to be looking for products, experiences, and tasks that are not usually acquired. These will certainly…
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Maximizing Profits for Non-profits in 2014: Building Buzz for Your Next Event

Maximizing Profits for Non-profits in 2014: Building Buzz for Your Next Event Come learn from the pro’s on how to take your fundraising to new heights with cutting edge technologies and techniques. Is your non-profit ready to play by for-profit rules? Is your organization ready to raise as much money as possible while building a…
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It's 2014! Ready to get buzzed?

Happy 2014 to you all! I hope your holiday season was relaxing and rewarding and your year ended on the right note. With 2014 now upon us, it is time to get back to work raising big dollars for those we love to help, and I love to help you do just that! To begin…
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#FFFF2013 Seminar Review

Facts, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising 2013 Seminar Synopsis August 28, 2013 W Hotel Scottsdale, AZ A number of nonprofit organizations development directors, CEO’s, executive directors and other support members gathered on this warm August morning to meet with local businesses looking to help maximize their events in style, feel, taste and inspiration. As guests…
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Live Auction Video!!!

Call to Auction Promo Video from Call To Auction on Vimeo.
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Supercharge Your Auction Seminar

Sign up here! Coming Soon! October 25th, 2013 at Tempe Library 11am Want to supercharge your auction returns? Send your donations to the stratosphere? Need new ideas to freshen up that same old event? This Seminar Is For YOU! Topics covered: Develop your Audience for Cash Discover How to Acquire Great Auction Items for Free!…
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PRESS RELEASE: Local Auctioneer Featured in Newly-Released Book on Fundraising

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Auctioneer Featured in Newly-Released Book on Fundraising By Bobby D. Ehlert August 23, 2013 Phoenix, AZ Bobby D. Ehlert, local auctioneer, certified Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) and President of Call To Auction, is the only auctioneer in Phoenix to participate in the new book Boost Your Benefit Auction: Tons of Fundraising…
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Excited to be featured in "Boost Your Benefit Auction"

I just recieved my shipment of “Boost Your Benefit Auction, Ton’s Of Fundraising Tips from Pro Auctioneers.” It’s very exciting to be apart of this amazing book led by an amazing mentor of mine and the Gala Gal herself, Jenelle Taylor! My Chapter is titled “Auctioneer as Ambassador.” I focused on this point to show…
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How to work within your committee to create unique amazing auction items

I had two great meetings with upcoming groups yesterday. One event is in November and the other quickly approaching in mid-September. One is for my local Chamber of Commerce for a Scholarship Fundraiser and the other for a local Catholic Prep School. By working with both groups on the same day I was able to…
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Watch This! The Non-Profit revolution is now!

Please, please, please watch this…the next 18 minutes of your life can change your non-profit immensely! The time is now to step up and play by the “For Profit” rules. Dan Pallotta lays out the differences in public perception and policy between “For Profit” and your “Non-Profit.” By being in the Non-Profit sector we work…
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Event: Facts, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising Seminar

Event: Facts, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising Seminar When: August 28, 2013 730am Where: Scottsdale W Hotel What: This seminar brings together event-based, charity-minded, vendor-partners to educate and showcase their talents exclusively for Arizona’s nonprofit community: leadership, staff, board members and volunteers. Now, in its third year, Facts, Fun & Fiction of Fundraising provides new…
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Thoughts, Impressions and Idea’s from the 2013 NAA C&S

Having just returned a couple nights ago from the amazing National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show in Indianapolis, I had to brain dump all my thoughts here and share them with you. First off, the NAA C&S is an annual meeting of over 800 like minded auctioneers from all facets of the industry from Real…
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My Call To Auction

We all go through life looking for that way to make a difference, that way to touch many people and to help change lives. I’ve searched and searched for this thing for many years. Working in the Auction industry for over 15 years and coming from a family of auctioneers, I was looking for something…
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