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Learn how to create a successful silent auction fundraiser. Silent auction strategies, timelines, auction items and how to organize and display them, how to close an auction and take payments, and other add on fundraisers to boost the bottom line.

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The Chinese Auction

by Maureen and John Winter


If you are looking to put a new spin on an old event, why not try a Chinese Auction? No, it's not an auction targeted at a specific community, but rather an event which includes elements of a raffle and an auction, where participants buy chances to win auction prizes.

Instead of a traditional bid sheet, a box is placed next to each item. Attendees are asked to purchase raffle tickets, 10 for $25 or 'the length of an arm' for $50. They write their name on the back of each ticket and deposit as many tickets in the box for each item they want. Instead of the prize being awarded to the highest bidder, the winner is chosen at random from all the entries in that box. Obviously you increase your chances of winning by placing more than on ticket in the box.

Although some prizes may sell for less than they might have been auctioned for in a live auction, or traditional silent auction, Chinese auctions often allow a broader base of participation. Some people who can't afford $500 for a weekend away may pay for four chances. With this set-up, there's something for everyone.

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About the Author: Written by Maureen & John Winter of Target Funding Group who manage more than 30 charity fundraising auctions a year for organization large and small, have authored two books on charity auctions and designed a very user friendly software to accomplish all the tasks for a successful charity fundraising auction.

For more information, or to subscribe to their free monthly email newsletter, please visit their site at: http://www.charityauctionhelp.com



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