Are you at a loss regarding what to auction in your next fundraiser? Want to raise for funds for charity? Do you have auction items but are still looking for something more interesting?
Rest your mind. One of the most attractive items for your fundraising events can be in the form of auction experience packages.
Experiences to remember
Regardless of the theme of your auction, you would most certainly want your auction items to be as interesting and as rewarding as possible. While the main purpose is to raise funds for a worthy cause – and that alone fills one with fulfillment – it would not hurt to make the auction a little bit more fun and appealing. That way, you have a higher probability of getting people to raise their bidding paddles as often as possible.
Aside from featuring unique items, an auction management company can also assist with your auction experiences to give away. These are experiential activities that you can include in your auction list. Some bidders prefer these special encounters since they not only get to help others but also gain precious memories for themselves.
To rid you of the burden of organizing all the auction experiences for the winning bidders, you can hire the services of a professional auction management team. They can give you a curated list of experiences that best suit your fundraiser’s theme or concept. Moreover, they can already take care of all the arrangements so that all you need to do is send off your winners with a confident smile. This takes off the stress of gathering donated trips as well as the follow up after the event. Leave it up to professional hospitality staff to send your auction winners on the way to an experience they will never forget.
If you are at a loss as to what auction experience to use, here are some of the top auction experience choices that you can opt for:
1. Award shows and concerts
Some fundraising events include tickets to popular shows such as awards ceremonies and concerts.
Tickets to these special events can sometimes be expensive or hard to come by, but since they will be used for charity, there may be special considerations given. At the same time, if it is a professional auction management company that is in charge of procuring these tickets, they already have established connections that can make it easier for them to get these.
Shows like the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Awards, the ESPYs, and the Tony Awards are just some of the shows that that will get your attendees excited. Tickets to live show performances of A-list artists across the country can also be excellent alternatives.
2. Domestic and international travel
Travel packages are also some of the most sought-after auction experiences. Trips to either domestic destinations or international locations often stir excitement during auction events.
Local trips may include a weekend in Boston, Chicago, or Las Vegas. It can also be a night at Broadway, or even a private class learning about decorative icing class at the famous Magnolia Bakery.
Whether it’s a four-night, five-day Bahamas escapade, adventuring in a South African safari, or sauntering off to Santorini in Greece, bidders are likely to raise their hands for these kinds of trips. Aside from the wonderful feeling of helping others, they also get to wander off to different corners of the globe.
3. Food and wine
You can also treat your fundraiser event guests to gastronomic getaways. Auction experiences that feature food and wine excursions are also enticing, especially for food enthusiasts.
Winning bidders may win a fine dining experience at some of the top dining destinations in the country, such as a culinary session at a premier food academy, or a wine-tasting tour at Napa Valley. Jaunts to food festivals, popular food haunts, or iconic local markets are also popular auction experience choices.
4. Lifestyle and adventure packages
Other fundraising events also auction off adventure and lifestyle packages. Whether it’s on land, sea, or air, these kinds of escapades surely grab the attention – and the bids – at auction events.
It can be ice fishing in Canada, a cool Icelandic outing, an exotic car expedition, or a weekend getaway in Aspen. You can also offer opportunities for winners to experience being an astronaut, a sailing crew, or a fighter pilot.
5. Sporting events
Some charity events also auction slots to various sporting events – especially if it’s for a sport-related fundraiser.
A golf getaway is one of the most popular choices. Similarly, exclusive VIP tours or prime seats at popular athletic events such as the US Open, the Indy 500, or premier baseball or basketball games may also be included as some of the options. Sporting youth camps are also an alternative for a more immersive sporting experience.
Rewarding experiences for all
It may be traipsing through an Italian vineyard, exploring an American mansion, gallivanting across the French countryside, or sampling tasty local cuisines. Unique and outside-the-box experiences give your fundraising event the edge to raise big bucks for your organization. These are just a handful of exciting adventures from a wide selection of auction experiences that bidders can take home from your charity event.
Combined with a sincere desire to help others in need, taking part in auction activities can be a truly rewarding experience for both the bidders and the recipients. Your efforts to make your auction as worthwhile as possible can help achieve your goals and ensure success.
Darran Brown is the CEO and Founder of Go Charity. A graduate of UMASS Amherst, Darran has spent the last 20 years managing auctions across the United States. Having run some of the most successful live and silent auctions in the US, Darran has the insider know-how to every aspect of the industry. From memorabilia to trips and experience hospitality to fundraising 101, Darran is the leading expert on auction management and fundraising success.