When hosting a fundraising event, it is important to provide the best entertainment and hospitality to excite your guests and keep them coming back to your event every year. Central Florida is a competitive market, with a lot of high quality charity events. What is going to set your event apart from the others? Is your event growing every year or stagnant? Are you providing enough excitement for your audience to keep them enthusiastically coming back year after year? If these questions don’t have a positive answer, your event may go stale, or worse, it may cease to exist.
The more your guests are entertained, the more fun they will have, the more money you will raise, and they’ll come to your event over others. These are things that many charities overlook, as they aren’t willing to evolve and consider new ideas. My company, Socially Funded, will help your event provide a silent auction that is going to thrive in 2018 and set it apart from others. Once you’ve created traffic and sponsorships, the silent auction is the next fundraising option, and guests expect it.
You can’t give it a half-hearted effort, but you also can’t exhaust too many resources and ignore sponsorships and ticket sales. You don’t want to be the event that has the same 200 people every year with 200 silent auction items. We specialize in running and enhancing the auction from start to finish, with no cost for either service. Your silent auction will be operated by professionals. This way you can raise more money and put your resources into more profitable aspects of the event. There is not one company in the state of Florida who offers these services at absolutely no cost and also includes your donations without taking a cut.
Don’t let anyone fool you. That’s why Socially Funded has made a difference in the Tampa Bay area with over 100 events on the books for this year alone. We are also excited to announce that we’re expanding to Orlando! Some say, silent auctions have gone stale because the charity includes the same items in their auction every year. Many people attend multiple charity events a year. People see the same baskets and gift cards. Charities brag about their local sports team donated items. If it were 1993, an Orlando Magic item would be exciting, but it’s 2018. Entertainment and hospitality is critical at your event, and Magic paraphernalia is just not enough!
Orlando City soccer generates a lot of excitement, but you need more! What about people who don’t care about sports, but LOVE pop culture? Do you have a framed piece from the latest popular movie or timeless classic like Star Wars? Likely not. If you want to have a high quality event, you need more than donated items. You need the type of items that they’ve been shopping for and simply have not been able to find. Furthermore, you must not forget that Florida has more transplants than any other state, and Orlando is an international city, so you need items that will interest people from everywhere. The same issue occurs at auctions in Tampa, where there are more fans of other NFL teams than the Bucs.
That’s why it is critical that we help diversify your auction and provide exciting pieces that will take your auction to the next level and give it a presentation that looks much better than a flea market. Not only will we help improve sales of your existing items by attracting more guests, we will help raise more money with ours. Most importantly, we can handle your entire auction from start to finish, which is critical to the success of your event. Nothing annoys your guests more than a dysfunctional registration and checkout where they wait in line. There are hundreds of charity events in Central Florida, and you want your event to be on the ‘short list’ of events that everyone in the community wants to attend. Let us help take your event to the next level!