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FUND A NEED – PADDLES UP AUCTIONS

Fund A Need - Charity Auction - Andrew Bost

You’ve gathered six hundred Texas supporters for your Houston fundraiser and have only ten live auction items.  How many people didn’t get to raise their bid paddle successfully?  How much money walked out of the room simply because no one asked for it?

This is where Fund A Need comes in.  Also known as Fund A Cause, Paddles Up, Cash Appeal or any number of other names, the concept is simple:  we’re asking for money.

The whole notion is mortifying to some, but to an experienced Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, Fund A Need is easy, fun and fast.   You don’t get 100% of the donations you don’t ask for.  Make sure your charity auctioneer knows how to ask!

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WHEN TO HAVE A FUND A NEED?

Paddles Up can come before, after, or in the middle of the Live Auction.  The best place for it is where the highest energy is.  With a lot of auction items, even the most entertaining charity auctioneer will have less of the audience’s energy and attention by the end of the charity auction.  With six items or less, Fund A Need works well at the end of items.  With more than six items, it’s better to put it in the middle, right after your best and most expensive item.  Fund a Need is all about excitement and momentum, so put it where those are at their peak.  That said, a recent trend is to have the Paddles Up before the live items even get started.  There are even some events that do away with the auction items altogether, and only use a Fund A Need.  Full-time fundraising auctioneer Andrew Bost can help you decide on the best placement for your Appeal.

How much revenue should you expect from Paddles Up?  If your Austin nonprofit has never used Paddles Up before, you can probably expect at least as much from a direct appeal as from your Live Auction items.  Many organizations bring up to ten times as much.  The bottom line is this:  if you’re not using Fund A Need to it’s maximum potential, you’re leaving tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table!

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL CHARITY AUCTIONEER

Largely due to the detailed planning of Fund A Need appeals, Andrew Bost Benefit Auction first-year clients realize an average increase of 109% of combined Live Auction and Paddles Up revenues.  That’s more than double!

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SUCCESSFUL EVENTS

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

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AVERAGE REVENUE INCREASE

More than 2x AVERAGE INCREASE IN LIVE AUCTION AND PADDLES UP REVENUE OVER PREVIOUS AUCTIONEER, SINCE 2007.

Desma Deitz
Desma Deitz
Andrew was a pro from start to finish. He took the time to understand what was unique about our event and took it all to the next level. Not only did we surpass our fundraising goal, but our guests rated the paddles up and live auction portions of the evening as exceptional. Highly recommend working with Andrew if you can.
Joy Hamann
Joy Hamann
Andrew Bost is an exceptional auctioneer with years of experience who knows how to captivate a crowd and make the most of your auction items and packages. He is fun, engaging, and creative, and Andrew has helped us take our event to the next level. He comes prepared but is also able to easily change on the fly if needed. Andrew will go above and beyond to help your event be successful!
Reagan Ward
Reagan Ward
We used Andrew and his team for a recent Gala fundraiser, and he was fantastic! We have had nothing but positive feedback from our event guests. I was most impressed with his insight and flexibility. We have some unusual circumstances with group bidding, and he was able to perfectly read the room and give each Live Auction item the perfect amount of time to maximize its potential!
Monica Morales
Monica Morales
Andrew is an outstanding auctioneer. Working with Andrew was a pleasure; he was professional, engaging, and brought a fun energy to our event. His expertise and charm not only entertained the audience but also played a key role in helping us crush our fundraising goal. I highly recommend Andrew to anyone seeking a top-notch auctioneer for their event.
Courtney Waldren
Courtney Waldren
Andrew helped us surpass our fundraising goals. His attention to details and strategic planning lead us to raise record amounts of money. He was thorough, professional and passionate. If you have the opportunity to hire him -- DO IT IMMEDIATELY! His enthusiasm and story telling were game-changers during our dedicated give. We'll absolutely hire him again. 10 stars!
Paula Hundl
Paula Hundl
Absolute perfection! He made our event spectacular with amazing fundraising results!!
Lila Weatherly
Lila Weatherly
Andrew Bost has been the auctioneer for our event for many years now, and always helps make the live auction portion of our program a huge success. He builds a special rapport with the audience and always keeps folks inspired with the true mission behind it all! He takes the time to meet with our team and learn each auction package inside and out so that he can expertly promote it on stage with poise and professionalism. We always hear great feedback about Andrew and his team from our guests after the event!
Deborah Omowale Jarmon
Deborah Omowale Jarmon
We hired Andrew Bost for our very first live auction at our very first gala. When you hire Andrew, you hire a consultant that will assist you every step of the way. He is patient, professional and a gifted fundraiser. We surpassed our goal thanks to Andrew. We will use him again and again!
Jamie Sauer
Jamie Sauer
Andrew is incredible at what he does! We've worked with him for more than a decade, and hope to continue to have the opportunity to work with him for future events. He has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars at our annual gala and has helped guide us in methods to help us exceed our goal each time.
Morgan Ilika
Morgan Ilika
Andrew did an amazing job on our benefit auction! Great stage presence and interaction with the attendees.

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109% AVERAGE INCREASE IN LIVE AUCTION AND PADDLES UP REVENUE OVER PREVIOUS AUCTIONEER, SINCE 2007.