The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire might just be the oldest operating theater in New Hampshire, as well as the 14th oldest in the United States. As a historic theater with live programming 6 days a week, aside from memberships, sponsorships and ticket sales, they host an annual gala event as well as a Kitchen Tour event every May. They also hold a fundraising auction, and to help have their items ready and prepared, they turned to the ease of BiddingForGood.
The Music Hall’s Ashleigh Tucker emphasized that the platform made it easier to focus on the auction itself and reach a larger audience of potential bidders. “In my opinion, having auctions items ready and prepared for a live event is more work than uploading all of the information to BiddingForGood,” she said, adding, “I did not use any of the other event planning options on BiddingForGood since we already have software in-house; however, I can imagine it being very helpful for a smaller organization.”
No matter how many of BiddingForGood’s options you might use, Tucker advises that new auction chairs “take the time to learn how to most effectively use BiddingForGood” and gives the following suggestions: “Assign committee members or volunteers specific tasks for better organization. Ask donors for a logo as well as a photo ready image of their item, so that you don’t have to spend time searching online.”
Think BiddingForGood might help you save some time putting together your charity’s fundraising auction? Take a tip from The Music Hall – they’ve got hundreds of years of experience, after all.