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7 years 10 months ago #164878 by donationmatch
I've spoken to reps at Bidding for Good. They have a solid, robust platform and can share your auction with registered bidders of other auctions. But (I've heard BFG staff say this) you should keep in mind that it isn't a "magic bullet." Those bidders have their own causes they originally went to BFG to support.

Regardless of the platform, what I've observed to make the biggest difference is how well the auction is marketed and shared by supporters. Have a compelling story/need to fund. Plan to send reminders and highlight the most desirable items throughout the auction period. Make it easy to spread the word to friends with sample text and links. And for online auctions, get enough items that are nationally redeemable (not specific to your area).

Hope this helps,
Renee Z.
Longtime auction chair & co-founder of DonationMatch
7 years 10 months ago #164879 by CLTGoodWife
Reene Z....

I set up a donation match account about 6 weeks ago and put in for a few items. They both still say pending. What's the normal amount of time it takes for responses?
7 years 10 months ago #164880 by donationmatch
Hi CLTGoodWife,

Thanks for asking. It depends on the company... our platform collects requests for their decision-makers, but it's up to them to respond. Many companies respond in batches 2-4 times a month, but some only send approvals. We do send reminders about pending requests, so I hope you get answers soon.

If you have any other questions, issues, or suggestions, feel free to reach me directly at renee [at] donationmatch [dot] com

I hope this helped,
7 years 10 months ago #164882 by Shaycarter82
Is there going to be a 2014 list? At 151 pages I feel like I'm missing something.

My event is in March and I'm in Orlando, FL.

So far most of my success has been from local organizations but I'd like to get some national ones. i did get airline tickets from Southwest and the Build-a-bear coupons
7 years 10 months ago #164884 by sbatur
Universal only donates to Florida residents and you must apply 6 months in advance
7 years 10 months ago #164889 by pookadoo77
Andrea, please email me as I am in Chars.,SC too, doing another school auction in March 2014. Maybe we can swap some company leads..... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"My school is located in Charleston, SC. We are a Catholic K-8 school. We are holding a gala in May 2014. We are able to secure hotels, carriage rides, plantation tours, etc. for our area pretty easily but these are not big bid items for our auction (the "tourist in your own town" does not bring in lots for us historically). I am interested in potentially doing a SWAP with another school in one of the following cities: New York City, San Francisco, Orlando. We are looking for accommodations, tourist attractions tickets, etc. in one of those cities. If you are interested in this please reply with your contact information."
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