Do you have a blog for your silent auction? Blogs are a great way to keep information flowing from organizers to supporters. Publicize that fantastic new donation. Thank a new major donor. The information that gets you excited will also generate interest and excitement among your supporters.

Did you know that December is a great time to ask retailers for donations? Yes, they are in a frantic frenzy as the holiday gift shopping draws to a close. But, what happens the day after Christmas? The holiday sales.

Many retailers are willing to sell at below cost just to clear out their stock. So take a chance, see if they wouldn't be willing to donate a few items to your cause; they get a last minute tax write-off (instead of a loss) and you may score some terrific donations!

A fun activity for any function, is Buy a Balloon. Make strips of paper that read You’re a Winner. For every You’re a Winner paper, create 9 strips that say, Sorry, Better Luck Next Time. Slip one paper into each balloon before you blow it up.

With wifi becoming increasingly accessible, WhatsApp made my life so much easier and saved me a lot of money! 

WhatsApp will allow you to message any of your contacts that also has the app. By using WhatsApp, I avoided my per text charges that I would have been assessed. We even conducted an experiment and found that messages sent with What’s App came through faster than did those that were texted - as long as both parties had wifi available. 

 

In addition to basic messaging, WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video, and audio messages.

Find out more at http://www.whatsapp.com

A personal hello is worth a thousand emails. A friendly conversation is still one of the most effective ways to encourage donations. Sure, send that email or snail mail letter, but don’t forget the good old fashioned phone call.

Phone calls can be great for:

It's been a while since my last post on companies that offer that offer donations. Did you know that many companies have a budget set aside for charitable donations? While some require that a specific application be completed, for others a personal request letter will do. The donations range from small items to large gift certificates and they are waiting for you - all you need to do is ask! 

Here are a few companies that have a history of donating to silent auctions to get you started.