So often silent auctions are only included as part of a large event. But any opportunity where your community gathers creates a ripe environment for a silent auction. Whether your event is large or small, Pearl Bids can help make these additional “sub-auctions” a no-brainer to put together and run.

Fundraising Tips for a Successful Silent Auction is live! We are super excited to have published our first e-book. 

Hot Fundraising Tips

Hot Fundraising Tips for a Successful Silent Auction is bursting with tips for silent auction and fundraising event planners. Whether looking for inspiration for new items to auction off or advice on how to increase the value of the donations being bid upon, you will find it here.

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!

Small raffles have become a staple at many events, helping to bring in extra cash with a minimum of fuss. With 5-10 baskets out for perusal, an event can earn anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand extra dollars. These baskets can be displayed the same whether for a raffle or a silent auction, but how do you decide which path is optimal for YOUR event? These tips can help you decide what will work best for you.

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



Pearl Bids silent auction manager  is the perfect tool to easily set up, keep track, and run your silent auction.


Scroll through the feature slides or watch some of the how-to videos to see for yourself why our customers continue to use Pearl Bids year after year for all of their silent auction events. 


*The original downloadable Pearl Bids is available as an alternative for those who do not have wifi access at their event.