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Top Five Fundraising Auction Ideas

Charity auctions are a real winner and can help you raise big cash. It’s a great option for large companies who want to auction off some star-studded stuff and perfect for a small group like a church or school who want to use a charity auction as part of a larger event. The auction ideas are endless if you start looking around at what other organizations have auctioned off. Here are our top five fundraising auction ideas:

1. Sports memorabilia. If you do some online research, you can find some authenticated sports memorabilia to auction off. People will bid for a good cause and this type of item usually racks up the bids. It’s even better if you know someone with ties to a pro football or baseball team, for example. Perhaps they can snag a signed ball for you to auction off. If that doesn’t work, auction of tickets to a major event.

2. Travel experience. Travel agents have special connections with places like all-inclusive resorts. This can be a very popular item to auction off and many times airline companies and travel companies are willing to donate at least part of the experience if they get some free publicity out of it. Inquire around to see if you can make a travel experience part of your auction.

3. Small experiences. This is great if you are hosting a charity auction for a smaller organization and you don’t have the budget for larger items. Experiences like a minor league baseball game with concessions included or dinner and movie are always appreciated and can be great at auction time. You have a chance to get these items donated if you make calls to local businesses.

4. Spa gifts. Always a winner with people that love to be pampered, spa experiences, retreats and even spa baskets can be a wonderfully successful item at auction time.

5. Art work. Whether it’s a piece of modern art made by a volunteer, a classic painting that someone is willing to donate to your charity, or a cool piece made by a local artists, artwork is a unique and compelling item to sell during a fundraising auction.