Charity & Benefit Auction Management

Planning a Gala? How Big is Your Audience?

Text2Bid - Expands your audience!How big is your audience?  Before you answer, think 'outside the box' (the ballroom and convention center) and then answer.  Really, how big is your audience?  The true answer is, as big as you want it to be.  Once upon a time you had to put people in a room to sell them auction items.  Now, with on-line auctions and the newest HOT idea, auction using cell phones, your audience has no physical limits!

We have been at the forefront of charity auctions for over 25 years.  We have seen the technology and techniques develop, and have introduced many of them ourselves.  Many common practices in charity auctions today were first created by or introduced to a mass market by us.  The latest is cellular bidding.  

With cell phones, silent auctions move from being where the items are, to being where the guests are.  You are no longer limited to space in the silent auction area, or for that matter space in the venue.  Anyone with a cell phone is now part of your audience!  I was at a very large event in Dallas, Texas recently with over 4,000 guests (really!) that used the Text2Bid system from MaestroSoft.  The winner of one of the hottest items was in Colorado!  All it takes is getting the word out to your supporters, and it doesn't matter where they are.  For more information about the Text2Bid system contact us, or our technology partner, MaestroSoft, Inc.

Plan your Spring Gala With Our Help

It's Fall and the smell of leaves burning and warm fireplaces fills the air.  The Holidays are just around the corner.  What better time to be planning your Spring Gala!   Much can be accomplished right now, and for the professional help you can count on, contact us.  We will guide you every step of the way.  You don't have to reinvent the wheel. 

If you have an event next Spring or even next Summer or Fall, let us help you have your most successful event ever.  We have specialized in helping organizations exceed their expectations for over 25 years by focusing on the details, and making sure the committee is well prepared, and the volunteers well train

ed.  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!

We 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.