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 To Auction (YouTube Video coming soon!)



We had a few questions come up during our conversations and wanted to answer those here:


Question 1: How many items do we need for our Live Auction? 


The answer is 0 to 10+. All depending on goals, culture of your event, previous event feedback, demographic of donors, timeline, auctioneer, marketing, etc.  It is our philosophy in fundraising that you have 45 minutes of dedicated donor focus on live fundraising, whether that is a Live Auction, Paddle Raise/Call To Action, Fundraising Games etc. Every minute over that 45 minute time limit, you will see a decrease in maximized revenue.
It is our recommendation for an optimal fundraising event to have 3 – 5 absolutely amazing Live Auction experiences followed by an  short inspirational statements by those directly effected with from your donations and then conduct a Paddle Raise/Call To Action by your professional fundraiser. This will maximize your donation potential but most importantly your donor experience.


Question 2: How do we do a Paddle Raise?


This is the biggest question being asked around the nation about special event fundraising. Paddle Raise, Fund A Need, Cash Call or what we refer to as, the Call To Action. This is the most effective method of live fundraising at your special event in regards to ROI of time and dollars as well as donor experience, engagement and interaction. Your Call To Action can raise $1000’s if not $10’s of thousands of dollars a minute. Our most successful clients have raised millions in their Call To Action when done effectively. How do you do this asking?
  1. Prepare your donors: Let donors know that you will be conducting an Ask and that they can give at a level that is inspirational to them
  2. Set the Stage: Great lighting, mood, video, etc. to get all guests focused
  3. Tell a short story: An individual from your organization that has been directly effected by the funds is usually the best person to tell a 100 second story.
  4. Make the Ask: Have your professional fundraiser make that ask, sincerely, graciously and powerfully to inspire the giving.
  5. Collect the funds: Make sure every guest has a giving card/bid paddle to make it easy for them to give emotionally
  6. Celebrate the success: Woohoo!!! You just raised a ton of money, let your guests now donors know that you love them
  7. Say Thank You: At the event and after the event. Let all those that gave a big “Thank You” and messaging where their dollars are going and who they are impacting
Question 3: We had a really awkward Live Auction, how do we fix this? 


Easy, hire a professional. Sure the MC, Celebrity, or Board Member has no problem behind the microphone and being funny. But your Live Auction and Call To Action are your biggest fundraising opportunities of the night. Don’t take a chance. Invest in someone who is specially trained, has 1000’s of hours of experience and knows how to excite, engage and inspire a crowd and utilizes effective fundraising psychology to get your donors to give as much as they can. By hiring a professional, you are investing in creating a positive donor experience that will live on much further than the funds that were raised. Maya Angelou said it best, “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you make them feel…” Can we help your donors feel amazing!
We would like to invite you to our upcoming seminar workshop titled “Smash the Ceiling: Secrets to create 6 Figure Events”.


You can learn more about the event and register below
It was great meeting you all and let me know if you have any other questions or more clarification about these questions. Please call 855-GO-GAVEL.


Thank you!
Bobby D


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 talked about our upcoming Fundraising Auction Seminars in Sedona, Phoenix and Tucson.

Listen to the show here:

Buy Kathy’s Book here:

Sign up for our seminar here:
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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 to drop by for free drawings for our upcoming fundraising event seminars and other gifts that can BOOST your

Call To Auction and Bobby D. are excited to invite you to the Fundraising Auction Seminar and A Higher Bid Book tour with Best Selling Author, Kathy Kingston.

Double Down for Homeward BoundKathy Kingston

Best-selling author Kathy Kingston and Bobby D. reveal powerful and innovative strategies from her blockbuster Bestseller book A Higher Bid.

Register for this content rich and highly interactive seminar where you’ll take away fresh profit-making tips you can use immediately to raise more money. Kathy created this seminar just for you because she knows that nonprofits and schools need these proven strategies to maximize fundraising and to engage new donors now.

Sedona September 26, 2016

Phoenix September 27, 2016

Tucson September 28, 2016


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 our minds this week:

  1. Bobby D. is a TRENDSETTER!
  2. Don’t Be a Chump! Check For A Lump’s 6th Annual Wig Out last weekend. Read more about this amazing cause!

  3. Wise words from The End of Big Philanthropy: “If you ask for funding, they give you advice. If you ask for advice, they give you funding.”
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    All hands on deck with our friends at the Florida Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association in Tampa Bay!

  5. Don’t forget about our upcoming Lunch & Learn!

Have anything in mind that might fit into next week’s list? We’d love to hear your suggestions and feedback!

Have a great weekend,

The Call To Auction Team

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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 fundraising events and help more that you serve go now.

We’re proud to share our insight and process with you. If you can take an idea and raise more money…we’ve done our job! Thanks for watching!

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Our first CTA Auctions in Review

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 like them on Facebook.

Check out the video for all of their contact information.