During the course of your workday, do you find yourself dividing the day into fractions? You know, those milestones that you look forward to as the minutes tick by. If you start at 8 a.m. the first milestone is usually 10 a.m. with the second being noon. After lunch, most people look forward to 3 p.m. which invigorates them as they look forward to heading home at 5.
And then, there are times of the day, when you know you’re doing an excellent job – or just completed a major project – and think to yourself; “I really earned my keep today?”
Well, to be totally honest, I also feel that way during the course of a fundraising event.
I too see things in fractions. Every scheduled event that takes place within a fundraiser is a milestone that needs to be crossed. Mine typically consists of arrival and prep – followed by the start and end of the silent auction – to the start and end of the live auction – to thanking guests for their participation as they’re leaving the venue and heading back home.
But, more importantly, when a fundraising event is over, if I can’t point out at least four or five separate occasions during the course of the auction where I fully paid for myself, I am disappointed. I’m very proud to say, this rarely happens.
The organizers and attendees may not always recognize when this occurs, but as the front man in the room, I certainly do.
I wish I could pinpoint ahead of time exactly when this will happen during the course of a fundraising event. But, more times than not it happens in an unexpected place – and more times than not – in an unexpected way.
So you might be asking yourself; “Why is this important?”
Well, the answer is easy. As a professional benefit auctioneer I sometimes hear from Event Chairs that the charity decided to use a non-professional or volunteer auctioneer for their fundraiser as a way to save money. I try to explain I don’t cost the organization money – I make them money. But for some, the message falls on deaf ears.
For the record, when I’m hired to be the front man for an event, my record for 2013 show I help the charity reach its fundraising goal 95% of the time. And 83% of the time I exceed the previous record for the auction. No brag. Just fact.
So, if you’re looking for an auctioneer for your event consider hiring a professional benefit auctioneer. They pay for themselves by helping charities raise more than they thought possible. Or as the headline to this Blog proclaims, “We’re worth our weight in ‘Sold.’”