The Nonprofit “Thankful List”: Charity Auction Items, Volunteers, and More!

Here at Charity Fundraising, we are thankful for people. There are amazing volunteers, charity auction items from celebrities, and donors who are all making a difference!

And boy, are we thankful for that. For, as you know, you don’t have search too long in order to hear hard and sad news. Turn on your TV or pick up a newspaper.

But this thanksgiving season, we think it is important to recognize the generosity and the goodness of our fellow brothers and sisters.

After all, there is good news to be celebrated too.

And we’ve got the statistics!

Thank you…

1. Volunteers!

What nonprofit could make it without its volunteers?

According to the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), “Approximately 63 million Americans — 25 percent of the adult population — volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference.”

The overall monetary contribution that volunteers offer each year comes out to more than 190 billion dollars. That’s a lot of community investment! The second most common activity volunteers help nonprofits is through “fundraising or selling items to raise money.” (Again from the NPT)

Ask for help with your fundraiser. Your community wants to help! Volunteers are your donors too!

2. Celebrities!

Celebrities have a huge impact on our society. They change and shape the way we think and see life. They offer us ways to see success and encourage us to follow our dreams and pursue what we love. Actors tell us stories. Musicians are our voice. Athletes tell us we can do anything we set our minds to.

But these great men and women do more than that. They utilize their influence for good causes too! And there aren’t just a select few – there are so many who want to help!

Actors as diverse as Al Pacino, Daniel Radcliffe, or Bill Murray; Musicians like Ariana Grande, BB King, Carrie Underwood, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift; Athlete stars like David Beckham, Serena Williams, and Michael Jordan – they all want to lend a hand for YOUR nonprofit today!


3. Donors!

The spirit of giving is potent during the holiday season.

Nonprofit Research Collaborative found that more than half of nonprofits surveyed receive over a quarter of their donations during the last few months of the year, 16 percent receiving over half of their annual funds within those months.

That’s a lot of giving!

To some people, the holiday season can seem hyper commercialized, full of unnecessary traffic, and too many cookies that expand our waistlines. Be that as it may, what a glorious thing it is to set up the Christmas tree every year with friends and family, travel to see loved ones, and eat so many sweet things!

In the same way, the spirit of giving is alive and well, and that’s something to be thankful for. As long as there are people like volunteers, celebrities, and donors who want to make a difference, we believe there is hope.

This Thanksgiving, we hope you have the chance to take a moment to see how much there is to be thankful for.

Your cause is worth fighting for – and you have a team that wants to help you succeed in your goals.

Contact Charity fundraising today for some more teammates for your upcoming fundraising auction! Tips, advice, and risk-free Celebrity Charity Auction Items are readily available to you!

Thanksgiving Movie Weekends Offer Insights on What Makes a Silent Auction Item Successful

Thanksgiving – the five-day mini blockbuster weekend – beckons in some of the best movies of the year. These movies also make up some of our most successful silent auction items to date!

For more than three decades, since the extreme success of Rocky IV in 1985, many families and friends have spent part of their thanksgiving weekend going to the movies.

And when we say “many families and friends” we mean it! In recent years, the top-grossing movie for that thanksgiving weekend produces 8%-16% of the total box-office take for the entire season.

What’s the reason for this? What makes these movies so successful?

The top-grossing thanksgiving movie statistics explain a lot of the trend.

There are three types of movies that have proven again and again as the winners during the thanksgiving weekend.

  1. Family Movies
  2. Book-to-Movie Series
  3. Fun Movies

The reasons these types of movies do well are the same reasons they will help your nonprofit if you incorporate them into your silent auctions.

After all, the holiday season and your cause are both centered around giving.

1. Family Movies

This weekend kicks off the holiday season – a time when we gather around and become family centric.

The holiday season is for the kids – or, at any rate, it brings out the “kid” in all of us.

Regardless of how commercialized one might see the holiday season, it still is a time of extreme giving. (Many small Nonprofits receive more than half of their donations during this two month period!)

It’s a time we all remember our blessings and take time to give to friends, family, and the causes we believe in.

I think there is a childlike innocence that comes with a perspective centered around giving.

That may be a reason why family movies – especially from Disney – have swept the competition year after year. We turn our attention to the simple and to the joyous. The childlike attitudes of good tidings and great joy are accepted and celebrated.

Movies like Frozen ($93.6M), Moana ($81.M), Toy Story 2 ($80.1M), Monsters Inc. ($32.5M), and Aladdin ($25.1M) have made tens of millions each during the thanksgiving five-day weekend.


And they still are making an impact today. Why not add one of these autographed movie posters to your upcoming charity silent auction?

2. Book-to-Movie Series

From Harry Potter to Twilight to The Hunger Games, book-to-movie series contend with Disney movies as being the most watched box-office hits for the thanksgiving weekend.


Because we love stories, especially fantastical ones!

As we gather together, we want to hear stories of adventures in the impossible and of good overcoming evil. We want these stories to be about the characters we have come to know and love.

Movie series, especially when first originating from a book, fulfill those desires for story.


Stories are at the bedrock of our humanity. No one can pass up a good story. Their impact surpasses trend. Incorporating these stories within your nonprofit silent auction only carries on their impact.

3. Fun Movies

Last but not least, fun movies!

There is something to be said for sitting down to watch a wild and entertaining movie.

And the Bond series is the kind of action-flick we can all get behind.

Car chases. Cool gadgets. Espionage. British accents.

What’s not to love?

Skyfall ($50.5M), Quantum of Solace($27.5M), and Spectre ($18.1M) have all been fan favorites over the recent thanksgiving years.

How many of us wanted to be secret agents as kids? Who wanted to go to the moon as an astronaut?

James Bond movies are so successful during this time of year because we all want to believe in something greater than ourselves. We want to be apart of something big.


What’s bigger than stopping a sinister plot to take over the world?

A nonprofit is in the business of change! The Bond series is just one example of helping your donors remember what it’s like to be apart of something bigger than themselves. They can be apart of bringing change. And you can supply them with reminders of that through awesome silent auction items.

The Kid Inside All of Us: Silent Auction Ideas for School Fundraisers

Silent Auctions for School Fundraisers have some obvious Do’s and obvious “Don’ts.

Scratch that.

ALL silent auction fundraisers have some obvious musts and definite faux pas.

No matter what the setting, a silent auction fundraiser should have auction items that are geared toward the interests of the guests.

An added bonus is if the auction items can also be relevant to the setting itself.

What do I mean by that?

A golf outing to raise money for the high school golf team should have some golf-related auction items.

An evening gala held in an art museum should have some auction items pertaining to the arts.

This principle has been proven to work because the most successful auction items procure high bids naturally.

In other words, the setting of your event will either aid or detract from your auction items.

How does this pertain to silent auction ideas for school fundraisers?


Remember that your guests are all kids at heart.

Let’s face it: no matter how much responsibility builds in adulthood, no matter how long ago our summer-long vacations were, we all had a childhood.

Parents, family, friends, leaders in the community – whoever comes to your fundraiser – we all turn our attention towards that season of life again.

So celebrate that season of life with your auction items!

There are endless opportunities to do this.

Here are three ways to celebrate.

Celebrate the old, the new, and a fusion of the two.

1. Celebrate the Classics

Celebrate what was once new and has now stood the test of time.

A perfect way to do that is through Autographed Animation Art or Autographed Celebrity Sketches.

The Peanuts Comic strips were the reason I woke up on Sunday/Saturday mornings.

The world Charles Schulz created was one of fun and lighthearted comical truths that I have related to at every stage of my life.

Stan Lee’s fantastical stories gave me such an itch for wonder and excitement. I wanted to be brave, full of integrity, and fight for the good side.

Those feelings and that truth didn’t leave me when I stopped having acne breakouts.

It’s likely that guests at your school fundraiser had similar experiences with what is now hailed as The Classics.

For the rising young professionals who are starting families and settling down, the classics are expanding to the later Disney and early Pixar movies.

Their childhood was spent watching The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Toy Story, and alike.


2. Celebrate The New

We tend to be interested in the season of life we are currently living. For parents, their life becomes inundated with KID everything.

A 28-year-old bachelor may love nothing more than spending his Saturday tailgating with his buddies.

However, the 30 year old dad cannot get enough of Disney Princess and Saturday day Brunch and Tea Time with his little girl.

Celebrate the here and now with auction items from the soon-to-be-classics that parents and the kids enjoy!

3. Celebrate the Fusion

Bring into your school fundraiser the fun of youth for adults.

Case in points are Seth MacFarlane hand drawn and autographed “Stewie” from Family Guy original sketch or Bono from U2 hand drawn and autographed “Self Portrait” original sketch.

It’s possible to have auction items that bring out the lighthearted atmosphere of childhood without the item being solely about childhood.

For more silent auction ideas and items for your school fundraiser, call or contact Charity Fundraising!

Baseball Themed Silent Auction Items

The World Series is currently being played with the D0dgers vs the Astros.

And here at Charity Fundraising, we have a great selection of Baseball Themed Silent Auction Items (autographed items from Willie Mays and Yogi Berra to name a couple).

As I thought about the rich history of Baseball in light of yet another season coming to an end, it got me thinking about why baseball has stayed timeless and been so loved by America.

The more I considered the games attributes, the clearer it became to me that the nonprofit world could learn a thing or two from the beloved sport. This is specifically true in regards to creating a successful silent auction event.

So what does the game have to offer?

Patience. Perseverance. And passion.


Warning: this blog post does not have “five quick steps” the will make your next fundraiser improve by a certain percentage.

However, these attributes we will discuss are the most overlooked and yet the most indispensable to a nonprofit, especially when the organization is in the mire of auction event planning.

Without these attributes, you can’t be successful. With these attributes, you can reach any goal you set.


Cubs’ fans waited from more than a 100 years for their team to win the World Series. They never waned in their fervor for their team or for the game.

Likewise, it’s important to realize that it takes time to create a successful event.

From a broader point of view, it takes time to reach your goals you’ve set for helping your cause.

But little by little – perhaps year-by-year – event planning will come together more efficiently and effectively.

And consequently, you will get closer to helping your cause.

So don’t be discouraged in your second year, third year, or even fourth or fifth year of hosting a specific kind of event.

Live or silent auctions especially take time.

There are many components to develop: building a team with specialized jobs, understanding your audience’s interests, and executing the logistics of the event.

Start simple. And build with patience.

If the Cubs can do it, so can you.


In the game of Baseball, there is no clock. Basically, as long as a team is willing to fight, they are still in the game.

Each inning, like each fundraiser, is just another step in procuring the victory. Sometimes they leave you stagnant; sometimes there is progress, other times you may even fall behind.

It’s important to attempt to do these events annually, or at the very least every other year. The more you host them the better you will become and the more you will create a loyal audience (and continues to invite more people who care about your cause!).

But the important thing is that you keep going! This may be a simple point, but perseverance is the attribute that comes when you have the patience to see beyond the current event your nonprofit is in the midst of executing.

There is no clock – just a cause worth fighting for.


Baseball is the sport of the Comeback Kids!

Any team can make a comeback…at any time (remember, this is no clock).

Football doesn’t usually have four interceptions and four touchdowns in a matter of minutes. Hockey is basically over after a three-point lead is taken. Basketball is determined by the amount of time left on the clock.

In baseball, the player’s passion is the determining factor between “pulling it out” or “throwing in the towel”.

Passion is the name of the game for baseball – and it’s the case with the nonprofit game as well. Every auction event is only as good as the passion that your team can put into it!

Remember: patience, perseverance, and passion will get your team were it needs to go! Enjoy the wondrous World Series and all the attributes the game has to offer you… and your cause.

For more information about the baseball themed Silent Auction Items, Contact Charity Fundraising today!

Utilize the Five Senses for Your Fundraiser Silent Auction Items

Finding the perfect silent auction item for your fundraiser is easier than one might think.

What makes it so easy?

My answer: stick to the five senses.

Utilizing the five senses in your silent auction items will bring your fundraiser to life!


Let me show you!

VIP Experience and Vacation Packages help your guests Taste, Smell, See, Hear, and Touch.

1. Taste

Bring the flavors out!

Wining and Dining is one of our most popular VIP Experiences.


Who doesn’t love to spend a luxurious time experiencing some of the best food and drink out there?

Here are just a few options to consider:

  • Tuscany Culinary Escape
  • Become a Sonoma Valley Winemaker
  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival
  • Samuel Adams Brewery Tour in Boston
  • Napa Valley South to North Adventure
  • James Beard House Dinner Party
  • Le Cordon Bleu Paris

2. Smell

Breathe in the ocean air!

When someone says the words, “vacation” and “beach”, it doesn’t take much more for me to smell the ocean air and feel the sand beneath my toes.


A Beach Vacation Package is almost always a coveted silent auction item.

Listen to the sound of these trips:

  • Escape to Bora Bora & Tahiti
  • Maui Wailea Resort Vacation
  • Australia & New Zealand Exploration
  • Cabo San Lucas Ocean View Getaway

3. See

Take in the Beautiful Scenery!

International Vacation Packages give your silent auction guests the opportunity to go to the places they’ve always wanted to see!


What could be better than helping out a charity you believe in and going to a place on your bucket list?

  • Ireland Adventure
  • South African Safari
  • Tokyo Metropolis
  • Paris Renaissance
  • Escape to Rome

4. Hear

Hear the music!

Songs have a way of encapsulating seasons of our lives — memories, emotions, and even convictions.


Two perfect strangers can instantly feel a connection when they find out they have a favorite band in common.

The connection that music brings to one’s psyche is a powerful one. That equates to a powerful auction item!


Silent auction items related to music come in many different shapes and forms:

5. Touch

As a kid, how many times were you told, “Don’t touch that!”?

The joy of tactile sensations brings me straight back to being six years old in an antique shop with my mother.

Curiosity always got the better of me.

I may be older now, but that curiosity has never really left. I still feel misplaced when I walk into a retail store with delicate decorum.

Because let’s face it, we all are kids at heart!

One of the fun parts about having a family is being able to be a kid again yourself!

Here are some silent auction items for families that might peak your interest.

What could be more sensational than a roller-coaster ride or swimming with dolphins?

  • San Diego Theme Park Adventure – SeaWorld San Diego & LEGOLAND California resort admission
  • Kennedy Space Center Adventure
  • Orlando Theme Park Adventure
  • Disney World Family Adventure

Call or contact us today to learn more about our VIP Experiences & Vacation Packages!