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Charity & Benefit Auction Management

Seahawks Win!  

Now you Can Help Feed the Hungry - From Your Cell Phone!

HawksWin 1Forgive us if you are Packers fans, but we are pretty excited about our Seahawks going back to the Super Bowl!  Right now we are supporting Chef John Howie as he defends his title of raising the most money to fight hunger through the NFL Kick Hunger campaign.  You can help too by bidding on Seahawk memorabilia using the Text2Bid system from MaestroSoft.  Just text 71760 with the keyword "howie" in the message line to register.  By the way, this "Virtual Auction" can be used for your organization as well.  Let us know if you are interested.  it's easy to set up, and works anywhere cell service is available.

Don't Panic!  We Are Here to Help! 

It is the start of another Spring auction season, and the schedule of events is as packed as always.  About this time every year we get the "panic" calls.  It starts like this:  "Help!  We had a volunteer auctioneer and at the last minute he couldn't make it.  Can you find us an auctioneer for next Saturday?"  Sometimes it is even worse: "We have a professional auctioneer who has donated his time, but he just got booked out of town for a big commercial auction and now we need a replacement. Can you help?" FACT:  A volunteer or free auctioneer works for themselves.  a paid auctioneer works for YOU.

Volunteer auctioneers, and frankly even professional commercial auctioneers who donate their time for your event can often be the most "expensive" auctioneers you will ever use.  The reason is simple.  Volunteer auctioneers don't work often enough to be skilled in the little things that make the most money for you, and the commercial auctioneers who donate their time earn their living liquidating things, so when it comes to your fund raising you may find yourself watching your items sold for a lot less than they should.  Benefit Auctioneers (and that includes some commercial auctioneers) are trained to MAXIMIZE your revenue, and make it fun for the guests.  This is a skill learned over many many auctions, and is worth paying for.  There simply is no cheap way to assure your success.  Paying for a skilled, professional BENEFIT AUCTIONEER will be money well spent.  Save money on the centerpieces and decorations.  Don't try to save it on the one person who can assure your success.  For more on this topic, read Why-a-Professional-Auctioneer.-Copy.pdf  Share it with your committee before you "hire" that free auctioneer.

 If you have an event this Spring, or this coming Summer or Fall, let us help you have your most successful event ever.  We have specialized in helping organizations exceed their expectations for nearly 25 years by focusing on the details, and making sure the committee was well prepared, and the volunteers well trained.  We have systems for nearly any type of auction, and no event is too big, or too small for us to be a resource.  Call us or shoot us an email and let us know what you want to achieve, and we will help you get there!

Here is a New Tool to Make Planning Easy - The SimpleStart Package

You get it all in one simple package - forms, books, consulting, and discounts on products and services.  Any auction committee will have all they need in one package to get going quickly and accurately with their event planning.  For details on the SimpleStart package and all that is included, click here.

Mobile Bidding is The Future - Say Goodbye to Silent Auction Bid Forms!

dreamstime xxl 14975 smallWe are fortunate that our sister company, MaestroSoft, is the pioneer in mobile bidding by cell phones, and was quickly established as the leader in this new trend.  Many of our auction clients are moving this direction for their silent auctions, and we are able to support them both before and during the event with our event staff and consulting services. 

For more information on the Text2Bid system from MaestroSoft, you can contact them at 800-438-6498 or go to www.maestrosoft.com or www.text2bid.net

Big Book CoverrealsmallLooking for Auction Help? We "Wrote the book!"

We really did. We took over 20 years of auction expertise at auctions nationwide and condensed that experience into what has become the "bible" for auction management. Published by the leading educational book supplier in the world, John Wiley & Sons, The Big Book of Benefit Auctions is simply a must read for any auction chair and committee.  Don't invent or re-invent the wheel.  We have it all for you in the Big Book.  Click here for more details.

Northwest Benefit Auctions was established 20 years ago with one mission:  Help charities and schools nationwide increase their auction success with a minimum of stress and burn out of volunteers.  

We have helped thousands of events accomplish their goals and we continue to find new and creative ways to increase their income each year.

Northwest Benefit Auctions can assist you in developing a plan with help from our:

  • Auctioneers
  • Event Coordinators
  • Spotters
  • Event Staff
  • Software
  • Workshops

Here is a partial list of clients we have helped over our 20 years in business:

  • The March of Dimes
  • The American Cancer Society
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association
  • Childrens' Hospital Guilds
  • Kiwanis Clubs
  • YMCAs
  • Museums
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Public and Private Schools
  • The American Heart Association
  • Performing Arts Guild

We have helped raise over a Billion Dollars in 20 years, and still counting!

Worried about a Down Economy and how it will affect your event?  Listen to Jay's advice: 

  • Concerned about the "down" economy hurting your event?  Don't be!
  • Listen to MaestroSoft founder and auction consultant Jay Fiske discuss "How to Recession-proof your event."  Click here to listen
  • Also, if you are considering canceling or downsizing your event because of the economic conditions, listen to Jay talk about the "Fear of Fund raising" Click here to listen
  • Click the link below to learn about the best auction software you will find.
    AuctionMaestro Pro Software

Northwest Benefit Auctions is...Your full-service auction partner

We will provide you with: 

  • An auctioneer who will engage your guests and encourage them to be generous. 
  • Meet with your auction committee throughout the planning process.  
  • Give you helpful tips that can add as much as 25% to your auction receipts.  
  • Train and monitor your auction volunteers the night of the event.  
  • Help you run your auction, including: registration, data entry, cashiering, recording, etc.  
  • Not only increase profitability, but also keep you and your committee from reinventing the wheel every year.

Any event can have "Premier" items. To find out how, click here.  

Need some fabulous trips and other auction items to complete your procurement? 

Check out http://auctionitems.maestroweb.com

All items on this site are available for your event, plus many, many more.  In most cases item cost is 50% of value or even less. Plus, you NEVER pay for any item until it is sold, so you have no risk.  Check it out for yourself.