Hands down experiential items sell the best. You know what I mean, those one of kind items that you cannot get ANYWHERE else, like an intimate dinner at the Governors’ Mansion for 6; a Board of Directors dinner with the chairman of the Board as the Sous Chef; an in home party or concert with your favorite musician; a meet and greet or book signing with a relevant author or celebrity; or anything else you can think of that your audience can’t get anywhere else. Behind experiential items are travel, food, wine and booze.
Private Dinners for 6 – 10:
In-home private dinners are a very popular item and can be organized and messaged in many ways. Some dinners have a caterer who donates the food and staff, while others utilize their constituents to fund, cook and serve the dinner.
Restaurant Chef Tables:
Many restaurants have private tasting rooms or chefs tables in their kitchens, This type of item can be sold to one person, by couple or individual space or ticket.
In some cases, popular board members my act as chefs, sous chefs, sommeliers, and/or servers.
Person of Affinity Dinner:
In many cases, there is a volunteer, celebrity, political or community person that many of your bidders would love to have dinner with . . . the same options as above apply.
Ask your board,committee members, volunteers or group to provide one $10 bottle and their favorite bottle. Red, white or bubbly, you’ll be amazed at the selection and shear number of bottles that you will end up with.
Ask your group to provide a 1.75 of vodka, gin, scotch or other spirit or their favorite after dinner cordial like Grand Manier, Frangelico, Amareto, etc.
Trips and Travel
Most organizations are only 2 to 3 degrees away from acquiring great travel packages with timeshares, condos or second homes.
Working with your core committee, board or group, everyone should make the pitch to co-workers, business associates, family and friends and you’ll be surprised how many people will appreciate the tax write-off for their donation.
Either purchased on your behalf by a donor or donated directly from an airline, These tickets can sell on their own or be packaged with a vacation to increase value.
Frequent Flyer Miles:
Another way to embellish any travel package (outside of a direct donation from an airline) is to collect frequent flyer miles that you can bundle with the timeshares or condos that are donated.
Group or Buy-In Events
Groups events sell equally as well, but serve two other important purposes: first, group events create community by drawing together your supporters in a fun, less formal environment; and second, since you sell group events by the “individual ticket” it allows guests with a lower budget entry into the live auction. The only limit on group buy-in events is your imagination.
Tailgate Cooking Class Poker Night
Pub Crawl Progressive Dinner
Themed Cocktail Party Martini Party
Sporting Event Backyard Movie Night Private Dinner and Concert
Texas BBQ A starry night pool party