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Consignment auctions like Bluetree, etc

1 year 5 months ago - 1 year 5 months ago #172545 by AmFund501c3
For what it is worth, I proudly work for the 501(c)3 fundraising nonprofit organization the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) and we form partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country to help raise funds using bucket list trip and experience which we offer to them to raise funds for their cause. To my knowledge, we are the only 501(c)3 fundraising nonprofit in the United States.

Because we are a 501(c)3 ourselves and attend over 250 special events a year, we understand the importance of donors to an organization's cause and the stress factor when putting on a fundraising event.

If an organization is approved for partnership, leading up to the event, we act as advisors/sounding boards to give the organization advice and offer suggestion on how best to posture the special event. When it comes time for the special event, one of our development directors attends the organization's special event (no charge) to offer the organization a turn key "Trips of a Lifetime" travel auction, speaks to donors, encourages bidding, closes out and of course answer any questions that they may have. We then have the pleasure of sending the organization a check in the amount of unrestricted funds from 100% of the the net proceeds raised at the event above what the trip cost us to put together in house. We also pre-bid the bid sheets and include an automatic donation to the nonprofit whom we are supporting in every minimum bid and then everything above and beyond the minimum bid (including the automatic donation) goes to the nonprofit in the form of a check for unrestricted funds, no strings attached, no percentages, no rates, or fees.

Our goal isn't to sell trips, but rather to maximize fundraising for our nonprofit partners using our 19 years of experience and sharing with our NPO Partners how to avoid special event pitfalls.
1 year 4 months ago #172568 by Kate Kelleher
Replied by Kate Kelleher on topic Consignment auctions like Bluetree, etc
We have used Charity Fundraising for our annual live/silent auction at Big Brothers Big Sisters several years running and have had great results. It really is as easy and legit as it sounds. They are the only ones we have experience with so far, looking into Bluetree as a possibility, so also curious if anyone has feedback on them.
1 year 3 months ago #172612 by Elizabeth Childs
Replied by Elizabeth Childs on topic Consignment auctions like Bluetree, etc
Can you confirm if some of the items you got from them were "as sold" - i.e. seat locations were correct, venues correct, lodging correct? Some of the blogs I am reading state that some companies are not as advertised so when the purchaser arrives it is disappointing
7 months 1 week ago #172996 by PS11PTA
Replied by PS11PTA on topic Consignment auctions like Bluetree, etc
Do you partner with PTA organizations (that are 501c3s)? And what is your window for selecting partners?
7 months 1 week ago #172998 by Anonymous
Replied by Anonymous on topic Consignment auctions like Bluetree, etc
Once our board approves support, generally our turn around time can be done as close as 3 weeks to the event. This gives us enough time to speak with our Travel Specialist, put together the trips, and get you your marketing materials so you have enough time to get your donors excited about the trips with 3 years with no blackout dates. 

We only support 501(c)3's and yes, we have helped many schools across the United States raise additional unrestricted funds. Please feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to speak further about possible support. 
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