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:

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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 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

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!

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel HERE

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.


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” 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 the steak! Single poster boards are out, huge, extravagant displays are in, bigger and flashier the better. Also put this in a highly visible place and put your professional Auctioneer there to answer questions and build rapport with the bidders. Get those bidders excited about bidding!



The live auction is not the last part of the night



Get the live auction started early while the guests are energetic, not too tipsy and while everyone is thinking about the cause. After the salads are placed and you do your initial “Thank You” and Sponsor recognition is one of the best times to do the auction. Fundraise First and Dance Later!





Why are people going to spend thousands of dollars on packages when they don’t even know why we’re here?

Having an effective “Why” message right before the live auction is key. A video of a family or individual directly affected by the proceeds to be raised or the actual individual or family will give you the biggest impact. When donors change their thinking from what they are getting a deal on, to how many lives they are going to change with their bids, you will see a huge increase in auction returns.

We don’t need bid numbers; they can just raise their hands.

auction bidders

Yes, every person needs a bid number, not just couples, everyone! This is their license to bid, give everyone an easy way to give and bid numbers are how you do it. Sometimes husbands love to bid against their wives, give them that chance. Or the wife may have taken the bid number to the restroom while the auction is going on and the husband thinks he can’t bid. Give everyone the “License” to give that night!




The Emcee or board member can do the auction…um, NO!


Hiring an effective, energetic and inspiring Professional Benefit Auctioneer Specialist will guarantee your biggest success in the live auction. When you look at dollar raised per minute, your live auction will be your most effective means to bring in big donations and make sure everyone is having a ton of fun, your Emcee or Board member can’t make this happen. A Professional Benefit Auctioneer Specialist Can!



I hope this helps you have a much more successful Fundraising Auction this year and helps you to raise a ton of money to help more of those you serve in your organization.

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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 have greater worth and will certainly motivate folks to go to the activity. When planning your auction charity event take into consideration the make-up of possible attendees, their likes and passions, and a sensible budget assortment for bidders. This research of public auction items for your bidders is vital. Each charity public auction fundraising event has its own one-of-a-kind make-up. Below are several of the hot items for a family public auction that might help you:

  • Pizza a week for six months
  • A day on the farm
  • Roller skating party
  • Family kayaking for a day (with lesson)
  • Paintball for a group
  • A group father/son baseball outing
  • Family season pass to district sporting events
  • Sunset cruise with wine & cheese for a group
  • Lunch with the mayor
  • Dance lessons for a group
  • Job shadowing a local business leader
  • Poker night for a group
  • Six months of flowers from a local florist
  • A chauffer for a day
  • Cooking class for a group
  • Karaoke party
  • Catered lunch for the office
  • Sommelier Class
  • Appetizers and a keg of beer (wine)
  • A father/son charter fishing trip
  • Dinner with a local celebrity
  • Museum sleepover
  • Mother/daughter spa day
  • Police/Fireman for a day (ride in a vehicle, station tour, wear the gear, and photographs)
  • Group walk in your town’s parade
  • Half page ad in your local magazine/newspaper
  • Beach weekend for the family/or two
  • CD/DVD a week for six months
  • Mothers only social gathering hosted by a well-liked parent
  • Lasik eye surgery
  • Tour of a local factory, newspaper, radio/TV station, or sporting arena
  • Botox from a local dermatologist
  • The latest computer or entertainment system & installation
  • Super Bowl party

Call Bob at 480-212-6916 to find out more about running a successful charity auction.