Have you tried a charity auction as a fundraiser for your nonprofit organization? If your nonprofit is struggling in our current economy and failing to cover its expenses, the standard fundraising techniques just may not be enough anymore. Many charity organizations silent auction item ideas are losing key donors; and this year has seen an increase in the number of charity auction events scheduled by all types of nonprofits, large and small, attempting to replace lost revenues. For many, this is the first year that they are adding a live auction to their event, hoping for big results.
With the economic downturn, most charities have seen a surge in the need for their services while their donations have been declining. Nonprofits are looking for effective fundraising that will keep them stable through this economic time and a professional live charity auction is a tried and true method that maximizes revenues. Why this trend toward hiring professional auctioneers?
In the past, many organizations have conducted their events without hiring a professional auctioneer. With the economic situation the way it is, they just cannot afford to take that risk now. Professional benefit auctioneers have seen an increase in calls from charities looking for creative advice on fundraising.
The trend can be confirmed by the statistics. In recent years, there has been a large increase in the amount of money raised for charities. According to the National Auctioneers Association, sales at charity auctions have increased by 21.8% between 2003 and 2008. That translates to 2.9 billion dollars raised in 2008 for charities like your own. Surprisingly, this rise in fundraising is occurring while the economy is in a downturn.
Nonprofits that have included a professional live auction in their fundraising for the first time have been thrilled with the results. There is no question that items at a live auction will produce more money than the same items at a silent auction. In many organizations, the money raised at a charity event will account for 60% of their yearly revenue. The cost of hiring a professional auctioneer is well worth the reward.