The Big Book of Benefit Auctions

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 9, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
The Big Book of Benefit Auctions is the ultimate step-by-step handbook on how to plan and have a successful and effective auction. Auction committees will find it an invaluable reference as it provides all the tools they will need for complete auction planning and management. From setting the goal for the event, to organizing the committee, procuring auction items, building the audience, preparing the catalog and through auction night cashiering (check out) services, everything you will want to know about the auction process is readily at your fingertips in this resource guide. The book will not only contain important "how to" information, it will also explain why some decisions and activities are not only good practices, they are essential to having a well-run and efficient event. Also, the book will discuss important strategies for maximizing revenue at your event, and will cover common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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The Importance of FiveYear Planning
The Planning Timeline
For Further Information
The Auction Steering Committee
Defining the Purpose of Your Event
Setting Financial and Attendance Goals
Planning Your Budget
Auction Committee CoChairs
Audience Development
SavetheDate Cards
Web Site
Planning Your Event Space
Auction Catalogs
Registration Packets

The First Committee Meeting
The Mission Statement
Establishing Committee Responsibilities
Selecting the Date for the Event
Identifying Potential Themes
Establishing a Goal
Creating a Budget
Setting Future Committee Meetings
Managing Change
Determining the Elements of Your Goal
Finalizing Your Date and Location
Hiring the Experts
Tools for Getting OrganizedAuction Software
Holding the Kickoff Rally
Effective Silent Auction Displays
Effective Live Auction Promotion
Adding More to Your Bottom Line
Handling Class Projects
Summary for Revenue Enhancers
Common Questions about Procurement
The Procurement Form
Once Youve Received the Commitment
The Case for Consignments
Table Captain Process
Printing Other GuestRelated Collateral
Bid Forms Table Tents and Auction Display Considerations
Cashiering Requirements
Arranging for Volunteer Help
Managing Registration
Managing Your Silent Auction
Managing Your Live Auction
EndofEvening Cashiering
Item Redemption
Summary of DayofEvent Logistics
Conducting the PostAuction Audit
Hosting a PostEvent Recap Meeting
Generating ThankYou Letters to Guests and Donors
The Volunteer Party
Auction Software
AuctioneersAuction ManagementConsulting Help NationalInternational Reach
Standards and Best Practices Related to Payment Processing
Other Resources
The ABCs of Auction Item Procurement
Ultimate Auction Items
Sample Event Forms

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About the author (2009)

JAY R. FISKE is a nationally recognized charity auctioneer and regular speaker for many different types of organizations related to auction planning, consulting, and fundraising. He has been a regular contributor to many media publications such as Auctioneer magazine, Rotarian Magazine, and more. Jay regularly serves as a consultant on fundraising to national and local nonprofits.

CORINNE A. FISKE is an event coordinator and auction consultant who also participates in teaching at Northwest Benefit Auctions' workshops. She is the President and founder of The PoliteChild, a leading educational program for schools dedicated to developing excellent social skills in children of all ages.

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