While there are certainly plenty of fundraisers held during the fall and winter months, as spring brings more people out of their homes for countless events, fundraising types and opportunities open up! People often respond better to a donation request if they have the chance to win something in the process, and among the most popular options are attractive gift baskets.
When choosing gift baskets for your fundraiser, consider the average age of those who will attend, and what their interests might be. While many of our gift baskets have a universal appeal, something more tailored to your attendees might draw even more interest!
Know that an auction of sorts is the right path to take in reaching your fundraising goals, but aren’t sure which route to take? Consider the oh-so-popular silent auction…
Silent Auctions – A Little Work Brings a Big Reward!
While the best part of silent auctions is the generally large donations they bring in, they are also quite fun for the attendees. To set up your silent auction at your fundraising event, you’ll need just a few supplies, most if not all of which will already be at the location. Be sure to have enough tables to display the gift baskets attractively, a tablecloth to add to the polished appearance, a sheet of paper to place in front of each gift basket, and a few pens.
After you have set your tables up, display your gift baskets with enough space between them that 2 people can stand side-by-side when bidding on adjacent baskets. When someone finds a basket that interests them, they will add their name and the amount they are willing to bid to the paper in front of that basket. If someone has already placed a bid, their bid will have to be higher, and the interested person after them will have to bid even more yet! For baskets with wide appeal, such as coffee gift baskets and wine gift baskets, those bid amounts can climb quite high. It’s important to remember that people are primarily interested in making a donation to a cause they care about – having a chance at winning a great basket is just the icing on the cake. This means that they will typically bid much higher than the actual value of the basket.
If you want to keep bids anonymous, you can simply assign a bidding number to all attendees. They can then write down their bidding number and bid amount instead of including their name. As the silent auction draws to a close, let the guests know to get their final bids in! As these auctions usually run the majority of the fundraising event, many will be sure to stop mingling for a moment to raise their bid if need be. If two friends or colleagues both want the same basket, their playful competition to take home the prize can result in a big win for your fundraiser!