Publicity is what drives your attendance. In addition to contacting your regular supporters, whether they are the parents at your school or the members on your board, you want to entice people from outside your group to attend your event. This will bring in funding sources that have not yet been tapped!

I recently attended a fabulous fundraiser. The event was Kentucky Derby themed to raise funds for a Relay for Life team. The organizers went all out with decorating the outdoor grove to perfection and included little extras tidbits, such as bottles of Champagne and “racing cups” for VIP attendees, that helped to make the afternoon a real pleasure. Between a raffle, silent auction, and “betting” on racehorses (hobby horses whose jockeys were Irish dancers who provided entertainment between

Have you ever received a last minute donation? Its great to get the donation but its 30 minutes before the doors open and all prep is already finished.

The makers of Pearl Bids Silent Auction Manager have created a quick and easy solution - Pearl silent auction bid Sheets, an app to quickly print a couple of bid sheets.

It turned out to be just perfect for small auctions or that last minute crisis. This app is available in versions for your Mac (at iTunes), iPhone, iPad, Android (at Amazon or the Google Play Store), and Windows (at the Windows App Store) and... it's free! 

We hope this handy dandy simple bidsheet generator will help out you low-low-low budget fundraisers. For a real professional look, you will still want to purchase Pearl Sheet silent auction manager for $19.99.

As technology becomes increasingly more mainstream, many traditional silent auctions are moving online. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paper auction vs an online auction? Should you jump on the band wagon and trash the traditional paper auction?

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5/6/14 - Marin County, CA - Oakgrounds Inc. is excited to announce the newest release of Pearl Bids Silent Auction Software, the popular application that is quickly becoming a favorite of schools, churches and clubs. With the release of version 7.2, added enhancements and increased functionality make it an even more effective tool for silent auction managers. 

Pearl Bids puts the flexibility, ease and power of a tailor-made, user-friendly database and management system into the hands of non-profits, all for a one-time fee of $19.95. Heralded as the tool of choice for creating eye-catching bid sheets, Pearl Bids provides professional looking results for any user. Based on the feedback from users, the newest release incorporates additional report generation and printing capabilities, including the ability to print name badges for attendees. Improved import functions allow the user to take advantage of pre-existing spreadsheets.

The optional $99 add-on bidding license, which allows the non-profit to easily generate hardcopy or email receipts, and generate additional reports, and track bids, also includes new report capabilities.
A well-run silent auction can mean the difference between success and failure for many non-profit fundraisers. The little extra touches will have both attendees and volunteers remembering your auction and looking forward to participating again.

Filling a void in silent auction software market for small-to-midsized non-profit organizations, Pearl Bids is simple, powerful and inexpensive. 

For more information about Pearl Bids, please visit 


Oakgrounds Inc.

Oakgrounds Inc. is a full-service Macintosh business consulting company located in Marin County, California, specializing in the construction, support and maintenance of Mac servers, databases and networks. Ward Bouwman, Founder and CEO, holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication as well as a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology. He brings over 10 years of experience as a Systems and Network Administrator, and is an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator. In addition, Bouwman has developed several Custom Filemaker applications that have been in use for over 10 years.