Charity auction software can help fundraising event planners organize and manage the numerous details associated with hosting a successful fundraising auction event. If your organization is hosting a gala or other fundraising event in conjunction with your silent auction, your site can be used to take online registrations and sell products for the associated event. When the event day arrives, print the bid sheets generated for each item with the highest current bid included as the starting point. If your charity auction is a virtual event, choose software that allows the administrator to easily email winners with a link that allows them to complete the auction transaction, and track final payments. Visit our section on how to run a silent auction for more guidelines and tips.
Important Features for Auction Software include:
You can see that choosing which software package to implement is an important decision for auction planners.
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Many students, coaches, parents, and schools participate in sports fundraising initiatives to help provide funding for sports programs. Whether raising funds for new equipment, team uniforms, or travel funds for competitions, the following information will help you better plan for your sports fundraising campaign.
Keep in mind that with every sports fundraising campaign, you are teaching team members about community service and being part of something larger than themselves. In addition, using a service such as DoJiggy Pledge can be a fun experience for participants. Today young adults spend a lot of time on the computer - emailing friends, updating Facebook pages, watching funning videos, and more. Using an online fundraising software service makes fundraising easy and convenient for participants. Not only that, but they get to create their own personal fundraising page where they can upload photos, quotes, and explain more about the cause of the fundraising as well as set goals. They are not only helping to raise much needed funds, but learning that helping out can be fun and rewarding.
Important questions and factors to keep in mind when starting your school fundraising campaigns include:
Our fundraising tips section offers additional guidelines to help you set goals, identify fundraising sources, prepare a timeline, recruit participants and volunteers, and promote your fundraising event. If you aren't sure the type of fundraising activity you'd like to host, we've created a list below to get you started. If none of these seem right for your group, perhaps our section on fundraising event ideas may help get the creative juices flowing. Best of luck!
Friends of the Library are groups and individuals that help to preserve, support and strengthen libraries throughout the U.S. Friends of the Library members consist of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. Members consist of individuals who use libraries, people who organize library fundraisers to foster development, and influential community members that help govern libraries across the nation.
In recent years, many library administrators have turned to nontraditional sources of funding to help raise dollars to ensure that library facilities will be able to provide the necessary services and the degree of excellence expected from the community. Many people look to libraries to provide a networked place to research and work. And, along with that, they are looking for a library that offers up-to-date services, resources and technology. Libraries need constant funding in order to stay on top of technological advances in computer technology, maintain current facilities, as well as research tools. Libraries also need funds to hire knowledgeable librarians who can assist with research and utilize research tools to help patrons find the vast types of information they are seeking.
The purpose of a Friends of the Library fundraiser is not only to raise money for the library, but also to create awareness and appreciation for the library within the local community. So whatever you decide, make sure you promote your fundraiser outside of the library. Spread the word to local media, utilize social networking channels, post announcements on your website, create flyers to post on community bulletin boards, send email announcements to your loyal database and ask them to help spread the work. Look for businesses to sponsor your fundraiser with financial donations as well as assistance promoting your library fundraiser. All of these efforts will help increase the success of your fundraising campaign and help you spread the word for your cause. After all, a library is not just a place to check out books, it's a place to gain knowledge, a place for information exploration, and a social gathering where people can enjoy spending time together.
For more guidelines and information about planning your fundraising initiative, read our fundraising tips.
There are many great library fundraising ideas for Friends of the Library groups to consider for their fundraising campaign. From applying for grants to hosting book sales to organizing a community fundraising event to planning a unique fundraising initiative such as a reading challenge... there are many different fundraisers to consider.
Don't be afraid to be creative and think outside the box. How about offering a "Friends Night" Fundraising campaign? Your Friends of the Library group could partner with a different local business each month to offer a Friends Night. For example, a local restaurant would host Friends Night on a Tuesday night from 5 - 9 pm. Restaurant patrons would be informed that a percentage of their food bill would be donated to the local Friends of the Library group to support a specific fundraising cause.
To help you determine which type of fundraiser is right for your library, we've conducted a great deal of research and invite you to explore library fundraising ideas.
Just like many nonprofit and community organizations, library fundraising has become an important source of funding for almost any public library. If your library is in need of new materials or computers, chances are you may need to consider raising the required funds from the community. School libraries can also use fundraising ideas to help fund their needs and keep them relevant. If you are looking for fundraising ideas for libraries, the information below should be a great place to start.
A fun library fundraising event that also ties into the mission of a library would be to host a Readathon or Reading Challenge. This type of fundraiser works just like a walk-a-thon or other peer-to-peer fundraising event, in terms of your participants raising money. Members of the community sign-up to participate in the fundraiser and raise money. They then ask relatives, friends, and neighbors to make a pledge or donation to help a certain cause -i.e. purchase new children's books or upgrade computers. Donation or Pledge amounts can be calculated either by the number of books read in a specified period (i.e. 30 days), or contributors can also choose to donate a fixed amount.
The best way to obtain a lot of donations easily and quickly is through DoJiggy Pledge fundraising software. Participants create personal fundraising pages where they upload photos, explain their mission and have people make secure donations online. Participants can send out an email donation request letter that includes a link to their personal fundraising page. For more information about hosting an "a-thon" fundraising event including sample pledge forms, participant registration, forms and "how-to" planning guidelines, visit our peer-to-peer resource center.
Another variation of a Readathon is an event called "Born to Read". This program reaches out to parents and babies to teach them to love books at an early age. Sessions are held in the library to show parents and caregivers how much fun reading can be and encourage them to read to their children. The program can be funded through donations or small admission fees for the sessions. Libraries can reach out to publishers to ask for donations of new children's books that a publisher is trying to promote. This book can be given to each attendee as a small gift, which basically covers their admission fee.
Libraries are no longer places just for finding great books, magazines, music, DVDs, and information online, they've become places to create as well. With this in mind, why not host a Write-a-thon? Participants can research, become inspired, meet other writers, and work on their projects all at the same time! Blazing Laptops, a successful write-a-thon event in San Diego, brings in teachers, poets, and even yoga instructors to help lead activities throughout the day. Write-a-thons are a great way to highlight the library and build community!
Since a library is already a local hub for many people to gather and spend time, hosting a community book sale is an excellent library fundraising idea. Consider an event that strengthens the mission of the library, but why not go beyond just selling books? What else do libraries offer? Information and technology. So why not consider adding a twist to the typical book sale by getting the library systems team and tech savvy librarians to donate their time by answering questions and servicing home computers? People are often in need of technical support for their home computer, but don't have an IT person down the hall, like they do in the office.
The actual book sale part of the event should be relatively easy. A few months prior to the event, collect book donations. Recruit volunteers to help organize the book displays the day of the event, and sell books for a low price. You may also want to consider making the event even more appealing by adding refreshments and entertainment. Reach out to a local artist or band to see if they would be interested in performing during the event or bring in an author of a newly released best-selling novel (or one with local ties) to attend the event for a book signing. Reach out to local restaurants to see if they would be interested in attending the event and offering free sampling or food and beverage sales.
There are plenty of other community events to consider, so feel free to explore our creative fundraising events for more ideas.
Another great idea for a library fundraiser is a silent auction. Since many community members frequently visit a library, an auction table could be on display for a week preceding the silent auction event giving people a chance to browse the auction items and tell their friends. Bid sheets are placed next to each item along with item descriptions and starting bid amounts. Auction flyers can also be available with a link to an online website where more information can be obtained about auctions items, and bids can be placed online. Once the bidding has ended, auction items can be auctioned off either during a community event hosted at the library, or items can be auctioned off online using charity auction software.
A silent auction has potential to bring in a large amount of funds. There are little costs associated with hosting a silent auction. Typically all items are donated from community members and businesses. Often "large ticket" items are donated which could potentially bring in high bids. These often included items autographed by local celebrities such as professional athletes, musicians, etc. If the charity auction is planned in conjunction with another event such as a wine tasting or dinner, additional revenue can be made through selling tickets.
Read more information about how to organize a silent auction here.
For more information on fundraising for libraries, please see our article on Friends of The Library.