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Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about Go Fundraising or how our services work? Ask us anything about our brand or fundraising services and get factual answers.

  • What is the difference between a Silent auction and a live auction?
    The key difference between a silent auction and a live auction is the way in which bids are placed and the level of interaction between the bidders and the auctioneer. In a silent auction, bidders place their bids either via brochures or our exclusive web platform. There is no live auctioneer who is directing the proceedings or announcing the bids. Typically, silent auctions are used for fundraising events where attendees can bid on items at their leisure throughout the event. At the end of the auction, the highest bidder wins the item. On the other hand, a live auction is a more traditional auction format where the auctioneer leads the event and solicits bids from the audience. The auctioneer will start the bidding at a certain amount and will continue to raise the bid until there is only one bidder left. Live auctions tend to be high-energy events, and there is often a lot of back-and-forth between the bidders and the auctioneer. There are advantages to both types of auctions. Silent auctions allow bidders to take their time and carefully consider their bids without feeling pressured. Live auctions, on the other hand, can be exciting and engaging, and the presence of a skilled auctioneer can help drive up the bid amounts.
  • How do silent auctions work?
    Silent auctions are where bids are placed via a brochure or our exclusive online platform instead of being called out loud by an auctioneer. Typically, silent auctions are used for charity events and fundraisers. Here's how they work: Access to online bidding and brochures are supplied to every guest at the event. A variety of auction items can be displayed in the event space. At the end of the auction, the highest bidder for each item wins Payment can be taken at the end of the event, with every winner notified of what they have won within 24 hours.
  • How do I set up a Silent Auction?
    To organise a silent auction with Go Fundraising, you can follow these steps: Planning: Start by deciding the date, time, and location for your silent auction. You may want to choose a venue that is easy to reach and has enough space to display the items. Sourcing Items: Go Fundraising is able to provide a wide range of bespoke auction items that range from exclusive hospitality, luxury holidays and unique pieces of memorabilia and artwork. However, we also recommend placing donated items into the auction, as 100% of the proceeds of these items will go straight to the charity. Display: Our experienced fundraising event team will ensure the silent auction has a presence during the event by including physical pieces of memorabilia and artwork in the event space. This will give each guest a better insight into what some items actually look like. Silent auctions are a great way to raise money for a cause and can be organised with a little bit of planning and effort.
  • How much does a silent Auction cost?
    The main aim of Go Fundraising is to be able to provide a free auction management service to our clients. This will give you the best chance to raise as much as possible for the charity of your choice! With our auction management staff at hand to guide you through the organisation and planning stages, they will make sure the right items get included that will fully maximise the potential donations.
  • What auction items can be provided for a silent auction?
    For a silent auction, a wide range of items can be provided depending on the target audience and the purpose of the event. Here are some examples of auction items that can be provided for a silent auction: 1. Artwork: Artwork is a popular item for silent auctions. It could be a painting, sculpture, or photograph. 2. Gift baskets: Gift baskets with different themes, such as spa, wine, chocolate, or gourmet food, are popular auction items. 3. Sports memorabilia: Sports memorabilia, such as autographed jerseys or baseballs, can appeal to sports fans. 4. Experiences: Experiences such as a weekend getaway, cooking class, or concert tickets can be very attractive to bidders. 5. Jewellery: Fine jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, or earrings can be provided for high-end auctions. 6. Travel packages: Travel packages such as hotel stays, airline tickets, or cruises can be very enticing for bidders who love to travel. 7. Technology: Gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops can be provided for tech-savvy bidders. 8. Services: Services such as spa treatments, consultations with an expert in a particular field, or a round of golf with a pro can also be auctioned. Overall, the auction items provided for a silent auction should be unique, appealing, and valuable to the target audience. It’s important to consider the interests and preferences of the attendees when selecting items for the auction.
  • What are the benefits of using a Fundraising service like Go Fundraising?
    There are several benefits of using fundraising services from Go Fundraising. Here are some key advantages: 1) Expertise and experience: We have years of experience planning, managing, and executing successful fundraising campaigns. We have a deep understanding of the fundraising landscape and know what works and what doesn't. 2) Customized solutions: We design custom fundraising solutions that are tailored to the specific needs and objectives of our clients. We take into account factors like the size of the organisation, the target audience, the fundraising goals, and the available resources. This ensures that the fundraising campaign is optimised for maximum impact and results. 3) Access to networks and resources: We have extensive networks of contacts and resources that they can leverage to benefit our clients. For example, we have relationships with high-profile celebrities, corporate sponsors, and media outlets that can help amplify the reach and impact of fundraising campaigns.
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