Church charity auctions are a great way to raise money for your church. Not only have auctions proven to have tremendous fundraising potential, but they are also a great community builder involving people from your congregation in a meaningful way. If you’re planning a fundraising auction for your church, we can help.
Procuring Great Auction Items
The first step to hosting a successful charity auction is to reach out to local businesses, community organizations, local celebrities, and any and all networks to receive donated items, talent, or treasures to auction off. Examples of items include art and antiques, sports-team memorabilia, gift baskets, gift certificates, and donations from local restaurants or businesses. It is also a good idea to auction off services and skills. Especially if they are services that support the greater good and help the less fortunate (such as donating time to do yardwork for the elderly, clean houses for the handicapped, or read stories to sick children in the Children’s Hospital). Request service donations from congregation members and allow for sign-ups during community gatherings. This is a great way for a congregation to bond with the community and give back through lending a helping hand.
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Planning an Online Church Auction
Our favorite type of auction is an online charity auction where the auction takes place on a custom website created for your church. Event announcements invite bidders to visit your website to view and bid on auction items. This type of auction allows for more detailed information about the purpose of your church fundraiser. It also allows for more information about each item including product images, starting bids, detailed product descriptions, item values, reserve amounts, bid increments, links to the donator’s web page, and more. In addition, it gives people who are unable to attend an actual fundraising event a chance to bid on items. If conducting an online auction, we highly recommend sending an email invitation with a link to the webpage, making it much easier for people to access.
Hosting a Live Silent Auction
In a silent auction, items are displayed on tables at an event, and event attendees can bid on the items. If you choose to host a silent auction at a church event, we still recommend online bidding. A silent auction can be easily added as part of a church fundraising or community event. If you are having a bake-sale following service on a Sunday afternoon, set up a table with donated auction items. Make sure to have a volunteer monitor the table and answer any questions. Bids can be calculated online with no need to collect payments. Winning bidders can pick up their merchandise on the way out, to avoid shipping fees and logistics.
Whether hosting a silent auction or online charity auction for your church, promotion is key. Be sure to promote the fundraiser in church newsletters, on your website, and during Sunday services.
Creating a Charity Auction Website
Our charity auction software provides easy online and mobile bidding for fundraising auction campaigns. List auction categories and items with starting bids and bid increments. Include images and your nonprofit branding and your auction website is ready to go! Our flexible auction software is capable of working with two bidding options and provides an included online donation form.
Our fundraising auction websites are simple, yet powerful fundraising tools loaded with tons of features and customizations. Be up in running in minutes – and we mean it!