Barat Academy

February 28, 2015

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! The Le Cadeau “An Evening in Napa” auction committee and myself are elated with the results of our collaboration with GiveSmart and cannot really find the right words to express our gratitude to you, Alison Porter, Noelle Ekonomou and her staff for the outstanding results of our recent auction.

As you know, there was some anxiety on the part of our school when we first proposed introducing an online auction service. You and the GiveSmart team not only convinced us that it would be a perfect fit for us, you exceeded our expectations! The process couldn’t have been more simple or easy to follow. In fact, using GiveSmart allowed us to utilize our volunteers more productively and required less of a team to oversee the silent auction. Using (and more importantly trusting) your formulas for the “right” number of items, starting bids and bid increments maximized our fundraising to a level never before seen on our campus. Your “auction” expertise and advice was spot on! Our CFO is still raving about the seamless “check out” system and ease of payment for our guests. The post-event reports were phenomenal and have allowed us to analyze every aspect of our auction. We were simply amazed when we realized we averaged ten bids per item and even more amazed to discover that over two thirds of the items sold for more than their fair market value. Two auction feats NEVER experienced at past Barat Academy auctions!

The auction committee and I have already recommended GiveSmart to representatives from two charities that heard about our auction and asked us about our experience with GiveSmart. We could not be happier with our results and would highly recommend and encourage other charities to utilize GiveSmart without hesitation!

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