Procurement. Love it or hate it, it’s part of the auction process. And, if you’re like most groups you may find that it’s hard to keep your volunteers and committee members motivated to keep procuring items for your event - especially the closer it comes to crunch time. What’s an auction chair to do when all of sudden your team stops attending meetings, stops replying to emails, and they always seem too busy when you call! What can you do to make sure your committee members are happy and engaged, focused, energized, and fired up to fund-raise all while building the success you need for an amazing auction with items your guests want to bid on?
We’ve all been there. The CEO, Emcee, or Board Chair comes up to the stage just as dinner is finishing up, and begins, “let’s take a moment to thank our sponsors.” It’s a nice thought, and it’s important. But does it have to be so boring? Does it have to be so routine and by the book that it makes your guests tune out from listening to your speaker and tune in to talking to their neighbor?
How can you both thank your sponsors meaningfully while keeping it interesting for everyone else, and better yet, how can you go the extra mile in thanking your donors beyond the perfunctory podium “thank yous?”
One of the most powerful ways to bring your mission into the room
It takes many hands and hearts to pull off a successful event. You’ll need your board, staff, volunteers, and hopefully, even recipients of your services present to help you. Having these ambassadors as sources of support to communicate your mission will be key to making sure every guest gets attention and connection.