Astounding Auctions and Fundraising Strategies is not your regular fundraising auctioneer. It is a disruptor in space and an excelling one. With its founder named a winner at the
2021 Austin Woman’s Way Business Awards, the services of Astounding Auctions involve that of a fundraising auctioneer, fundraising strategist, and emcee.
Astounding Auctions runs on the principles of purpose, philanthropy, and possibilities. The background of the team, from which the guiding philosophy also stems, is a diverse mix of service, volunteerism, and philanthropy. This mix makes Astounding Auctions stand out from its competitors. Their service is end to end, beginning from day zero of planning through the event date. Being compassionate is also a big part of Astounding Auctions’ existence. It often goes above and beyond its defined contours to help its clients in exceeding their goals.
As far it comes to planning and devising a strategy, Astounding Auctions understands how crucial it is to showcase the right potential to successfully raise funds. The development of the strategies is detailed, step-by-step, and targeted at finding the right type of solution for the problem.
What fuels Astounding Auction’s confidence in devising strategies is its data repository. While working for years on diverse fundraising projects, it has gathered a large volume of data. This data negates the scope of guesswork and instills feasibility.
Astounding Auction’s services reach every nook and corner of your event. As a fundraising auctioneer, it keeps you tension-free throughout the day. It makes sure that the venue is well prepared to receive the guests, tables are laid out and decorated well, audio-visual set-up is performing top-notch. It does not even miss to ensure that the PowerPoint is queued correctly. It keeps the silent and live auction tables bid ready while handling the registration and check-out smoothly.
Throughout the process, it keeps the chords of the events tuned at the right note. It makes sure that the donations are happening properly, guests are getting their items, and the check-out is smooth and satisfying.
TiWanna, the founder of Astounding Auctions, is an army veteran. She has proudly built a team that is female-led, black-owned. It is an outstanding achievement in the auction industry, which has a female representation of only 12%. Less than 1% of the auctioneers are from under-represented ethnic groups. Standing tall in the industry, the firm has raised more than $10 million for non-profits already.
Charity auctions are fundraising events and are a way of raising funds for charities in which the audience participates with live bids to win auction items and packages. It’s a win-win situation for both the organization and the bidder, as the highest bidder gets the item and the fundraising organization receives the proceedings. Moreover, these are highly engaging events that lay the foundation for long-term engagement with donors. As a reason, using a professional charity auctioneer will do wonders for your charity auction, but how do you go about selecting the right one?
How to select a charity auctioneer for your next charity event?
Below are some of the crucial factors you should consider when selecting an auctioneer for your charity auction:
1. Fee - One of the most important factors you should consider when hiring a charity auctioneer is the budget. There are various payment structures under which an auctioneer will operate. They include a flat fee, commission-based fee, and base fee with a commission. Hence, based on your budget, you can select the fee structure that works for you and so you know exactly how much you’re going to pay for the auctioneer services.
2. Specialization - When hiring a charity auctioneer, make sure that you are hiring an auctioneer who specializes in benefit auctions. It impacts the way your auctioneer treats your charity items and the audience. Also, make sure that the guests attending the event are there specifically for the charity auction and to buy those items as part of your event. Hence, the auctioneer has to consider their state of mind and auction experience while conducting the bidding.
3. Speed of talking - You need to consider your guests when selecting the auctioneer’s talking speed. Some guests like fast-talking auctioneers as they feel it is energetic and attention-grabbing. While other guests feel the speedy approach is confusing and may prefer an auctioneer who speaks at a slow pace. Though there isn’t any perfect answer to this, you may have to decide what works best to engage your particular guests at the event.
4. Testimonials - The best charity auctioneer will be able to share with you some success stories and testimonials from their previous fundraising events. Hence, you need to check the testimonials and gain the confidence that the auctioneer you hire will conduct your event professionally.
Finding the right charity auctioneer for your events
To tap into every penny at your next charity auction event, it is highly encouraged for you to hire a professional charity auctioneer like the one at Astounding Auctions & Fundraising Strategies.
If your organization is planning to host a charity auction, look no further than Astounding Auctions & Fundraising Strategies. You won’t find a more passionate and mission-centered team than the one here.
Hiring the right fundraising auctioneer for your fundraising event is one of the most important tasks you will have to do when planning for an event. If you don’t have the right fundraising auctioneer for your event, it won’t work. A successful fundraising event requires a professional who can engage, entertain and encourage the audience to spend money. But, many organizations assume that the job of hosting is simple - any person or employee in the organization who is good at public speaking can surely do it. So, why spend money on hiring a professional when you can get a volunteer to do it for free? The fact is that hiring a professional fundraising auctioneer leads to generating more money.
Hiring a professional Fundraising Auctioneer is an InvestmentYour fundraising auctioneer is the person in the event whose only job is to make you more money. Professional auctioneers have a unique style of bid calling which is critical to the success of any benefit auction. They each have a unique set of sales skills, provide entertainment, and are experts in consulting. Additionally, they know the tricks of the trade, never intimidate or embarrass the audience, and have a proven track record. Moreover, they add professionalism, have the know-how to handle the unexpected, and most importantly, they are the best advertisers for your event next time.
When to hire a Fundraising Auctioneer?The most common reason organizations avoid hiring a professional fundraising auctioneer is the expense. While you may save some money upfront, your bottom line revenue may suffer greatly. You may feel good by saving on vendor costs, but not if it costs you thousands in auction revenue.
Hiring the right fundraising auctioneer reduces your risk of losing valuable donor dollars, both at the time of the event and with long-term donor relationships. Hence, if you’re planning to hold a fundraising event for your school, non-profit organization, or any other group, you will probably need to hire a professional fundraiser to make the most of your event.
The Go-To Fundraising Auctioneer for Your EventSearching for the right fundraising auctioneer can be overwhelming. Of course, you want your fundraising event to be successful, so it can feel a lot is riding on this decision. There is nothing to fear! Whether you are holding a small auction or a big gala, Astounding Auctions & Fundraising Strategists is the perfect place for finding the right professional auctioneer for auctions and fundraising events.
These are passionate professionals who exclusively serve fundraisers. In addition to taking bids, they consult on item procurement, committee and audience development, event planning and marketing, and other crucial aspects of your event.
In December of 2019 we came together as an auction team to raise money for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in Atlanta, Georgia at the Mayor's Masked Ball. This was the largest team of Black Auctioneers to ever come together to raise money for an organization. We came from Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia.
Now let's get to the cause. The UNCF believes, "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste." UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.
They hosted approximately 1400 guests, awarded numerous scholarships, provided notable speakers, held a live auction, special appeal, and ended the night with an incredible performance by Charlie Wilson. The fundraising goal was broken that night raising nearly $1.35 million. These funds will provide scholarships to students attending historically black colleges and universities across the US.
The night itself was incredible. Today, this night has so much more symbolism than previously realized. Right now our country is facing tough times. We are standing for one another in ways we have never done before. This moment that many are seeing as divisive - we are recognize the unity. Now, more than ever, we stand stronger in our desires to serve organizations committed to civil rights, human rights, and social justice.
The auction industry is one that is still learning to be inclusive. I am happy to be a member of the many continuously advocating for reform within the industry. I am proud to serve organizations close to my heart and be a voice of understanding, compassion, and resonance. As we did in December, and many times before, we strive to support spaces that are creating equity for all. #BlackLivesMatter, #Brownpride, #LoveisLove, #BacktheBLue #WithLiberty&JusticeforAll #
Learn more about the UNCF at www.uncf.org.
Plannin' on a Budget
You, yes you, can have a beautiful event even on a budget. Your bottom line is important; the experience you provide to your guests is equally important. That's how you get them coming back for more. Here are a few steps to help you save your dimes while providing the "Ohhhh - Ahhh" experience for your guests.
Hey friends, I have to tell you a secret.... as much as I love being on stage, a live auction isn't always a good fit.
What is a social event? One that has guests standing, socializing, hors d'oeuvrs, music, and multiple room attractions. Essentially, an event without a captive audience.
I know you're probably wondering, what the heck should I do then? Cue hero music.
THE BIG BOARD!
Why the Big Board? Because it is hard to miss, creates infectious energy, doesn't require the audience to be captive, AND it is so much fun!
Make the big board part of your night, let your guests enjoy themselves. Leave the fundraising to your Astounding team and have one less pain point to deal with, event night.
Call us to learn more ways to diversify your onsite event fundraising.
Get It Right In One Night Part 1
You have one night to bring in your new donors. Every person that you select to stand before your guests, is a person that can make or break your success. Start out right with the Auctioneer that will create compelling moments, and entertain your guests in a way that will have them eagerly anticipating next year!
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