Your largest gala cost is to NOT hire an experienced, skilled Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS)!
You may be thinking that the initial cost of hiring a professional benefit auctioneer is too high for your non-profit, but it is actually precisely the opposite! When you rely on an amateur—like a car or property auctioneer, or a local celebrity—who has little or no Benefit Auctioneer training, you are never going to raise the amount of money a benefit auctioneer specialist will bring into your organization. Chad has countless examples of doubling or tripling (or more!) his client’s gala goals! This has happened in SO many cases when the client assured Chad that there was NO way they could even come near their goal!
For example…one little school had never raised more than $18k in their Fund-a-Need (Paddle Raiser). Their dream was to raise $30k, but they said that their parents did not have much money, and that $30k was going to be near impossible…well…in his first event for this school, Chad helped them raise $125,000 in the Fund-a-Need alone! And Chad could tell you these kinds of stories for hours!
Within their carefully chosen team of auctioneers (ALL have earned the coveted BAS designation), they have five male auctioneers and three female auctioneers. They are of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, so they are good fits for many causes. With a couple auctioneers newer than others, they can offer a few newer BAS auctioneers for even the smallest of organizations/events. Chad likes to say that some of his team are just younger, taller, and more handsome versions of himself!
Frequently Asked Questions
When you hire a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, you are receiving just that…an auctioneer that specializes in Benefit Galas, and has earned a certification in the field. Basically it is a guarantee that you are NOT gambling with ALL your months of hard work, by placing it in the hands of an amateur. When you hire Chad or his team, you know that your efforts will be placed in the best of hands.
While the Principal Auctioneer team often doubles or triples funds raised in their first gala with a new client, the guarantee is that your event will raise as much money as is possible for that night. Sometimes clients lose deep-pocket donors, or an event will loose attendance based on weather or scheduling conflicts. In those situations you need a BAS more than ever, to raise as much money as is available in the room…without applying too much pressure!
We really have not budgeted for a professional Benefit Auctioneer. How am I going to convince my board to spend the extra money?
Let us have an in-person or conference call meeting, with the board, or key decision makers. If we are available on your date, we have TONS of creative fee strategies that will fit almost ANY gala budget!! Sometimes we even provide free trips and vacations to help defray our already reasonable fee.
From the time we lock in your date, up through our debrief meeting after gala, we are yours! UNLIMITED emails, calls, texts, etc. as needed. We will not only have a couple very in-depth consultations with you and your team, but will will supply you will checklists, forms, templates, and documents so that your gala planning process is nice and smooth, and clear as to what you need to do to maximize your efforts, and that of your team, and to raise the most possible funds at your gala!