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 very fulfilling. When I make a visit to an organization and directly meet and interview those they serve, I create a lasting connection that not only sticks with me for a long time, but also helps me to become a true ambassador for their cause. This is really what makes a great fundraising auctioneer, that desire to become an ambassador for the cause.

By being an ambassador for the cause, I educate and inspire donors and their friends to understand the impact that their dollars have on those served. Whether it’s helping kids with cancer, animals at a local shelter or one of the thousands of other amazing causes out there today, being an ambassador is a huge honor that many individuals never get to experience. Unfortunately donors these days are so busy in their lives and their businesses that the Fundraising Auction Event is sometimes their only opportunity to learn about how they can directly make a change in the world. Sure many groups have great websites and post regular social media updates, but many times this information goes un-noticed by most of the donors. This is where the Fundraising Auctioneer/Ambassador is so crucial to the success of an event. We get to weave the story using our personal experiences and the research we conduct to excite, educate and inspire donors to feel that they are making a difference with their dollars. That is why donors give; to know they are making a difference in the world today by helping the causes they love so much.

The feeling of making a difference and having a direct impact on one individual’s life with the possibility of helping thousands more, is what sticks with a donor days, weeks, and even months after an event. When a post from their favorite organization comes up on their Facebook wall or an email about a story of a life that has been touched lands in their inbox, many times the donor thinks back to that night and the brain releases those feel good chemicals all over again strengthening the connection. Sometimes this flood of feelings will then inspire that donor to give a little bit more. When that “Save the Date” card comes in the mail 9 months after the event, that feeling of making a difference will make them put the event on their calendar as a “Do Not Miss” event and then inspire them to call their friends to fill a table so they can share in that feeling.

By helping to create this feeling in hundreds of individuals on any given evening, at any given event for an amazing organization that is doing the hard work to change the world, is why I love what I do. There are not many individuals in the world that can draw and hold a crowd’s attention, educate as well as excite, entertain as well as inspire donors to give more than they have ever thought possible. By helping all of the remarkable groups that I am honored to serve help do just that, I am able to do what I love to do.

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 nation to raise awareness and funds for their organizations to change our world! All of the attendees were NAA members and have invested their time and money into our industry and our education. We all attended many different sessions to educate ourselves on how to better serve our clients, from using social media more effectively to the latest technology solutions to use in silent auctions. Some of my greatest moments were in the halls speaking with some of the greatest fundraising auctioneers and picking their brains about what items and auction games are working at their events. I uncovered some brand new ideas that can raise thousands in just a few minutes. I loved these types of ideas and can’t wait to share them with you!

I also competed in the International Auctioneer Championship and was proud to be one of the 86 contestants gunning for the title. Fortunately they chose the best auctioneers of the contest…unfortunately neither of them were me.. However, every contest that I compete in, I learn something about myself, my presentation and ways to be a better ambassador for my industry as well as my clients. By continually investing in my self-improvement as well as my professional improvement I can provide better service for you my client!

Here is a great YouTube commercial showing why a NAA Auctioneer is your best bet when you want to conduct an auction! Please watch and enjoy! Thanks for choosing this NAA Auctioneer as your Auctioneer!

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 this year off right, Id like to give you a gift that I came across just last week. One of my favorite authors in the non-profit world Dan Pallotta @danpalotta was interviewed by the NPR Ted Radio hour about his Ted talk on Non-profits Playing by For-profit Rules that I featured in one of my past blog posts. Please take a listen to this recent interview and learn more about ways to level the playing field in the non-profit vs. profit world.

Speaking of giving back, I love giving back to all charities and organizations and would love to invite you to my newest seminar series: Maximizing Profits for Non-profits in 2014, with an invitation to the first seminar in the series: Building Buzz for Your Next Event. This will be held on Monday, February 3rd from 10:30am to 1:00pm at the Tempe Library. I will be partnering with two great presenters sharing their expertise in ways to create buzz about your upcoming event that can turn into large donations. Hillary St. John of Endless Range Marketing and Nathan Kinkel of Nak Productions. They will be helping me share the newest techniques and technologies in ways to create and build relationships with those that want to give to your organization. They will teach you ways to maximize your mission video and optimize your Facebook page and much, much more. For more information please click here:

Id love to help you break donation records at your next event this year, but my weekends are filling up fast and we have limited dates available.

Please email me at: bobby@calltoauction.com or call me directly at 855-GO-GAVEL to see if your date is open for us to partner together for a successful event.

Thanks and looking forward to working with you in the ?coming new year!

Bobby D. Ehlert BAS

Lead Auctioneer

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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 towards solving problems and changing lives, but we both need to work together to turn the multitude of scale into those we helps favor. Effective marketing and lucrative fundraising will make a huge impact on those in need. Those that the government and the “For-Profit” business’s push to the side. Let’s work together to make a real difference and an amazing impact in lives of those you help, whether it’s a student, homeless family, child living with an uncureable disease or as simply as the local animal shelter…WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, if we choose to. Let Call To Auction help you to help many!


Bobby D.

Thanks to @danpallota for this great Ted Talk to inspire us to make the change!

His website: http://www.danpallotta.com/