Charity event ideas can come easily. Charity events can be messed up just as easily. How? With some beginner blunders that we have seen happen more often than they should.
You don’t want your live charity auction to be a snooze fest. Keeping your guests entertained should be your top priority.
Avoid the following five mistakes, and you’ll have no problems:
1. Holding the Auction at the End
Just think of the following. You go to a gala, have a grand time. The food is good, the champagne is cold, the entertainment is top notch. At some point, you start yawning. It’s getting late. You should be heading home.
But wait, the people who organized the gala want to hold the live auction. You and your friends need to go, however. The fundraiser organizer just lost a few bidders.
That is one of the worst charity event ideas. Not only has the gala organizer spent money to invite these people, but the auction didn’t have enough participants.
Make sure to keep the auction early in the evening. Guests are less likely to leave before the entertainment is over – even less when there are drinks involved!
2. Forgetting That People Give to People, Not Charities
Your charity is based on an idea – one that other people, especially philanthropists, might believe in. But people don’t donate to ideas; they give to those who hold them.
As such, you should choose your guests on their like-mindedness, and their ability to bid. People who share your ideas are more likely to donate to your cause.
You also have the possibility of creating fruitful relationships with your donors. You might not even have to approach anybody yourself. Those who truly believe in your cause will look for you.
3. Keeping Your Audience in the Dark
When considering your charity event ideas, don’t keep your audience in the dark. We mean that literally.
Unless your entertainment requires the room to be dark, such as Joe Castillo’s sand art, keep everything bright.
That is especially true when you’re holding the auction. If you don’t see who’s bidding, you have a problem. The auctioneer doesn’t need to be in the spotlight, the audience does.
Use bright lights around the room to stave off drowsiness. If your bidders are dozing off, how will you grab their attention?
4. Letting Your Audience Doze Off
Speaking of sleep, you should never let your bidders doze off. Rent a professional sound system so everyone can hear the band you’ve hired. The same applies during the live auction so that people can hear the auctioneer.
If you do it right, your audience will be much more engaged. Surround sound systems help your public immerse themselves into the event.
That is especially true if you hire a keynote speaker such as Jim “The Rookie” Morris to promote some success stories. People love a touching story to go with a worthy cause. Just make sure they can hear it.
5. Charity Event Ideas Should Be Fun
Honestly, the biggest mistake you could make is not having a good time at your charity. Never disregard the entertainment has on bidders – no matter how sad the cause you’re fighting for is.
After all, people are going to be spending a lot of money at your event. You might as well offer them something good in return.
Having trouble considering the entertainment at your auction?
Give us a call now and we’ll put you in touch with someone suitable for your cause.
Originally posted 2016-08-18 05:33:25.