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Resources to Assist in Your Benefit Auction Experience!
We hope the below links are a help to you. Please come back as new ones are added frequently! If you have a product, service and/or information that would be of value to those involved with Benefit and Charity Auctions, please contact us. We will evaluate your contribution promptly to determine if it qualifies for inclusion.
Consignment Items - Every successful benefit auction needs at least one "premier" item to help secure a supporting audience and event day excitement and anticipation. We urge our Clients to always try to get these types of items as no cost donations. However sometimes due to time constraints and/or a small donor pool there are occasions where consignments are a viable option. This link is to information regarding an exciting new service being offered by Northwest Benefit Auctions. Their consignment packages and terms are the most favorable we have ever seen in this industry! Should you be interested in a consignment item for your event, we strongly recommend you check out what Northwest Benefit Auctions is offering. Click here to go directly to their web page explaining further their service. Internal Revenue Service - This link will take you directly to information regarding "Fair Market Value". It is important that you review this resource on a yearly basis as it directly pertains to your guests and donors. The amounts each can deduct on their annual tax returns is tied directly to the proper handling of this key area. Please also navigate around on this site to review other information regarding Non-profit and Charitiable Organizations.
Raffles FAQ- This is the Washington State Gambling Commission's web site. Specifically this link will take you to "Raffles" and what you need to know about conducting them in the state of Washington. If your organization is outside of Washington, we strongly advise that you contact your specific state government to investigate their particular raffle requirements.
National Center for Charitable Statistics- This site serves as the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector. The information and resources provided at this link will assist your organization for years to come.
Special Events Magazine- This is an Internet publication for Event Planning professionals. You will find a great deal of information and sources to help make your event special and memorable to your guests. This particular link is a comparison reference of various fundraising events.
Auction Forms & Bid Cards- Northwest Benefit Auctions provides a wide variety of forms and bid cards for Charity and Benefit auctions. They also have an excellent resource manual available that covers all the steps involved in planning, preparing and conducting a Benefit Auction.
MaestroSoft qCheck - MaestroSoft qcheck provides organizations a way to capture their attendee's credit card information and store it securely for use on an ongoing basis. It is the newest inovation in the fundraising auction industry that no other company comes close to matching. It is customized specifically for MastroSoft's AuctionMaestro Pro event software. Save valuable time and expense with this tremendous service.
GivenGain - GivenGain saves time and money by making it easy to interact with donors, creates new opportunities for fundraising, and helps organizations to process and administrate donations from all over the world. GivenGain makes it easier for people to donate money by providing a variety of payment methods. They make it easier for causes to accept payments from all over the world by taking over the administrative burden.
GuideStar - GuideStar, the national database of U.S. charitable organizations, gathers and distributes data on more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofits.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance- The BBB Wise Giving Alliance promotes ethical standards within the charitable community, provides information to the public on charitable organizations, and educates individual and institutional donors on wise giving. The Alliance encourages charitable organizations to accept the responsibility of self-regulation and adhere to ethical practices.
onPhilanthropy.com - This is a leading global resource for non-profit professionals. There are multple articles covering all major aspects for funding your organization. They began back in 1999 as just a simple e-mail newsletter. Now they have five different newsletters and feeds and over 100,000 contributors. onPhilanthropy.com has become a leading online voice in this sector.
AuctionMaestro Pro- AuctionMaestro Pro is the latest version of MaestroSoft's Auction Management Software. Whether your organization runs a $10,000 or $10,000,000 event, have 100 or 10,000 attendees, AuctionMaestro Pro will provide you with all of the necessary tools to successfully orchestrate your event. MaestroSoft has helped local and national organizations, like the American Heart Association, raise collectively over 900 million dollars.
Charity Auctions - This wonderful site designed and implemented by Maureen and John Winter provides a wealth of information regarding Charity Auctions. They are especially known for their software, guidebooks, newsletter, and consulting expertise. As Charity Auctions are their only business, the services, products, and networking they offer can be a real help to you and your organization.
Washington Auctioneers Association - The Washington Auctioneers Association is the organization for the professional auctioneer who performs auctions in the State of Washington. It was established in 1976 to allow a medium in which the professional auctioneer can stay abreast of auction procedures, education, license law changes and other events that effect the auction profession. One of its major purposes is to establish the highest standards of business ethics among its members and to promote equitable trade practices in the auction profession.