Silent Auctions

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October 18, 2021

75+ Virtual Fundraising Ideas: Examples from real-life campaigns 

Virtual fundraising has been a sustainable practice for many nonprofits, and it has recently become…

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How to have fun with your silent auction
September 16, 2021

How to have fun with your silent auction

Let’s face it — 2020 was a tough year. For those who run nonprofit organizations and fundraise…

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What makes the silent auction so special for hybrid fundraising
September 7, 2021

What makes the silent auction so special for hybrid fundraising

Successful silent auctions can be excellent for hybrid fundraising. They’re an exciting activity with low…

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May 19, 2021

30 Silent Auction Items That Don’t Cost A Dime

Collecting silent auction items for your next fundraiser takes a lot of consideration — you…

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January 15, 2021

Live vs. Silent Auctions for Fundraisers

Differences Between Live and Silent Auctions Benefit auctions are a tried-and-true way to drum up…

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December 16, 2020

5 Ways to Use Silent Auction Data for Successful Fundraising

At GiveSmart, we see thoughtful and creative fundraisers think #OutsideTheRoom, at every opportunity they have….

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naming rights
June 9, 2020

10 ‘naming rights’ ideas for auction items

Offering naming rights can be an enticing way for donors to feel more connected to your mission. Naming rights are a great way to get creative!

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online silent auction
April 21, 2020

How To Host An Online Silent Auction

Today, more and more auctions are hosted online. An online silent auction allows donors to bid directly from their mobile phones, tablets, or computers. An online silent auction also has a wider reach, which can increase participation and ultimately increase the funds that you raise.

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school silent auction
December 17, 2019

School silent auction item ideas

When you’re planning a school fundraiser there are a variety of school silent auction item ideas that you can implement for very little to no cost. While most of these items work best for schools you can consider modifying them to work for other types of fundraisers as well.   

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October 31, 2019

Winning the silent auction: Q+A

We hosted a webinar to reveal inside tricks to hosting a successful silent auction. The…

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October 18, 2019

Top 5 silent auction items

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Tip! Today I’m going to share five of the best…

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fundraising auctions
October 3, 2019

Tips to maximize the ROI of fundraising auctions

Most nonprofits will plan one or two big fundraising auctions per year, leading to high expectations. Organizations need to find a multitude of ways to increase revenue streams to avoid leaving much-needed money on the table. The following are some tips to help development teams create financially successful events. 

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What our clients say

We needed a platform to make sales online and to track and display ads for our sponsors. GiveSmart was perfect. We ended up making close to $15,000 more than we had hoped for. Definite better ROI than we anticipated. The interface is easy to use and provides plenty of options to get help if needed.

Michelle M.

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island

Using GS has created ease in auction bookkeeping, payments, and generating post-event thank you/tax letters. While we were online during COVID, our interactions with our GiveSmart via phone, email, and zoom were seamless. A representative always got back to us within the day. I would recommend GiveSmart to anyone doing a large online event.

Julie G.

MicroFinancing Partners in Africa

GiveSmart is highly flexible - you can use it for [a] simple registration and check-in, to full-scale galas with complex order forms, onsite upsells, live auctions, seating management, and more.

Jamie F.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

GiveSmart is easy to use and ideal for virtual events and can be used for in-person events to manage the silent auction, seating charts, and check-in to the event. Being able to use the platform for unlimited events within the contract year is very useful and being able to add other users and volunteers for different levels of access is helpful as well.

Dawn L.

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County