Silent Auctions Raise Funds For Charity

Understanding How Hosting a Silent Auction Can Raise Money for Your Non-Profit

Silent auctions are an excellent tool non-profits have to generate funds for their group. Silent auctions raise funds for charity by creating excitement and attention for a charitable cause. Planning for a successful charity silent auction will require a lot of time and some upfront money.

Many charities enjoy the casual nature that a silent auction provides. There is a lot of flexibility with a silent auction when compared to a more structured live auction event. With so many people at the event taking a look at auction items, a silent auction is a great platform for drumming up some interaction and education of your non-profit’s cause and work. That being said, it’s important that your auction is properly setup and managed to encourage bidding.

The most successful silent auctions raise funds for charity by focusing on the interests of the auction’s bidders. It’s important to not only have the right items on the auction block; your group will also want to create an atmosphere that suits the personalities of your supporters.

Every charity silent auction will require a lot of planning and there will be a lot of moving pieces that need to be managed. Even with all hands on deck, some non-profits struggle with the workload and organization of their event. Strong communication can save a lot of stress, ensure that your staff members and volunteers understand their jobs and work with a focus on collaboration. It’s worth it to have meetings in advance, this helps everyone stay on the same page, especially on the day of the auction.

There are many logistical factors that need to be decided early in the process such as finding an appropriate venue, the amount workers and volunteers required, food and drink options, entertainment, supplies and of course, the silent auction items up for bid. The expenses needed to make your silent auction happen can quickly add up and it’s important to efficiently manage your auction’s budget to keep the event profitable.  Once your group has established a budget you will want to stick to it, otherwise you silent charity auction could actually lose money.

Plan ahead and start thinking about your next silent charity auction. The more times you host a silent charity auction the better at it you will become. Take advantage of the lessons learned in previous charity auctions and make your auction an ongoing event that your supporters will gladly mark in their calendars. Once you’ve developed donation relationships it is a lot easier to solicit items for future events. With each additional charity auction, you host you will see your reputation grow, allowing you to have a bigger and bigger turn out everytime.

Finding the right venue is an essential element in the planning of a silent auction that raises money for a charity. You’ll need a venue with a lot of open space for tables with auction items and for people to comfortably browse. Draw out your ideal table layout in advance; this will save you a lot of stress on the day of the silent auction.

The items you pick to auction off will play a large role in the success of your silent auction. It’s fair to say that it may be a make or break. You’ll want to find items that appeal to your audience, think about the interests and income of your supporters. Ideally, you’ll want to auction items that are unique and create competition. Create attractive displays to showcase your auction items. Try grouping together items into baskets to create some excitement. It can also help to group items into categories such as travel, sports memorabilia, art, or any category matching the type of items you’re auctioning off.

At Auctioneers Fundraising Group International (AFGI) we’ve been helping silent auctions raise funds for charities throughout Toronto for over 40 years. We are a family of auctioneers and we bring this experience to every silent auction we work on. Our goal is simple; we want to make your charity silent auction raise money by providing the right tools and experience. We provide unlimited silent auction consultation and advice from day one and will take care of everything from the charity auction’s full set-up to the eventual teardown. We take care of all details so you and your team don’t have to.

Learn more about how our family of auctioneers can take your charity’s silent auction to the next level by contacting us today by email or contact us here

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Silent Auction At A Charity Event?

Raise More Money at Your Next Charity Silent Auction With the Right Auction Items

A charity silent auction is an excellent way to generate some funds for your group

Want to raise some more money at your next charity auction? Have you considered hosting a silent auction? At Auctioneers Fundraising Group International (AFGI) we’ve been helping a wide range of organizations raise much-needed funds by hosting successful silent auctions for over 40 years.

Every silent auction for charity is unique. We’ve organized auctions for everyone from local high schools to large A-list celebrity events. Over the years we’ve noticed some trends and we’d like to share them with you to help your group. Here are some of the most popular items to sell at your next silent auction.

Silent Auction Item Suggestions

  • Once-in-A-Lifetime Experience – Everyone is looking for an adventure. Putting together a unique travel experience is something that will gain the attention of people of all ages. A well-designed travel package can take your silent charity auction to the next level and provide you with an excellent way to promote your auction in advance on your website, social media, email newsletters and through any other forms of marketing that your organization utilizes. There are lots of travel agents that can work with you to design a unique and memorable travel experience. Ideally, the travel agency will provide your group with lots of attractive promotional materials. Save marquee items such as vacation packages to the end of the silent auction.
  • Artwork – Over the years we’ve seen a lot of bidding on unique and interesting artwork pieces. Many people attending your charity silent auction will be interested in purchasing something for their home or for a gift. People enjoy a local touch to artwork, try to find a local artist who will provide a painting on consignment. There are various websites that will create a custom canvas from a photo. Take a photo of a local scene and have a canvass made. This is a very inexpensive way to generate bids.
  • Family Vacation – Many of the people attending your charity auction will have children and they will be looking for something to do with the entire family. For example, Disney offers some very strong savings to registered nonprofits. Create a family vacation package with hotel vouchers, restaurant and gas cards and admission to attractions. These bundles will create a lot of excitement and generate a lot of buzz and profits for your silent auction.
  • Signed Memorabilia – Signed memorabilia makes for a great auction item. Regardless if it’s a professional athlete, an actor, or a musician; a signed item can generate a lot of funds for your cause. Try reaching out to your local sports teams and see if they can provide your charity with signed memorabilia.
  • Offer a Night Out – Who doesn’t love a night out on the town? Auctioning off a dinner for two at a nice restaurant is always a great item to feature. Be sure to have a gift card that will give the buyer a nice meal, desert, and some drinks. Many restaurant owners will be excited at the promotion they will gain from auctioning off a gift card to their establishment.
  • Have Something for the Kids – A lot of parents are looking for something to do with their kids, especially during the summer months. Work with a local merchant and put together a package that will entertain children.

Over the years we’ve been lucky to have organized some great silent auctions for charities. It’s important to have to right items up for auction to generate the buzz and revenue your group deserves. The best auctions have a wide range of items up for bid, with a couple big ticket items.

Get creative and combine smaller items into themed baskets, this will help keep your silent auction interesting. Network with local merchants and get them involved. You’d be surprised at how many local businesses will be eager to donate to your cause.

Need More Items for Your Charity Silent Auction?

 At AFGI, our team has your group covered; we have access to a wide range of items that we can sell at your charity auction. The best part is, you will be our partner and we’ll guarantee you a percentage of the final highest bid.

You, of course, will receive all of the proceeds from the donated items you sell at the silent auction. With AFGI, your charity will receive more money than any other auction company offers. All you need to do is deposit the cheque – we’ll handle the rest!

Contact one of our professional fundraising silent auction specialists today at to alleviate the work and worry associated with your next event. Ensure its success!

Live Auction Services – Toronto Taste 2017

AFGI was Excited to Provide Live Auction Services to the Recent Toronto Taste Fundraising Event

Live Auction Services - Toronto Taste 2017

Toronto’s best chefs, beverage sellers joined forces to unite Toronto food lovers in raising $925,000 for Second Harvest during the 27th edition of Toronto Taste.

AFGI was proud to take part in the Second Harvest live auction on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 lakeside at Corus Quay. The fundraiser presented and sponsored by The Daniels Corporation, raised $925,000 for Second Harvest. The non-profit serves an important role in our community by serving 1.8 million people facing hunger in the Toronto region.

“Toronto Taste is a monumental event that helps Second Harvest continue to provide fresh, healthy food to Torontonians experiencing hunger. Its legacy is a testament to the ongoing generosity of our sponsors, donors, chefs and our incredible staff and volunteers, who are critical to the event’s success,” said Debra Lawson, Executive Director, Second Harvest. “The funds we raise account for 20% of Second Harvest’s annual revenue and help provide millions of meals to those in need.”

Our team had the privilege of organizing and running the live auction portion of the event. The auction featured some exciting items for bidding such as some exciting chef dinner packages including dinner at Bob Blumer’s LA home and an exclusive opportunity to join renowned chef Roger Mooking on a tour of New Orleans. Dinner packages from Michael Smith, Michael Hunter, Roger Mooking and Bob Blumer raised a total of $46,000 for the charity.

Attendees of the fundraiser were treated to a diverse selection of food and drink from over 90 of the region’s best restaurants and beverage vendors including Baro, Lavelle, Kanpai Snack Bar, Bar Reyna and Ufficio, all new this year. The event featured well-known chefs including Guy Rawlings (Montgomery’s), Anne Sorrenti (The Oakwood Hardware Food & Drink and Chopped Canada winner) and Eric Chong (R&D and MasterChef Canada winner) entertained guests in the Chef Challenge. As the event concluded Guy Rawlings was awarded the winner of the Chef Challenge.

Toronto Taste successfully raised $925,000 for Second Harvest through generous bidding and donations. Bob Blumer, Second Harvest Ambassador and long-time supporter, reached his goal of personally raising $165,000 that will be used towards purchasing a truck for Second Harvest through an anonymous donor that came forward to top up the fundraiser funds.

Purolator Inc. came forward and donated an additional truck to Second Harvest. The company has a long-standing track record of supporting the charity and their work and their generous donation will have a great impact on helping those facing hunger in our city, as the truck will be used to transport food to hundreds of social service agencies across the GTA daily.

Funds raised from the Toronto Taste will help Second Harvest provide 1.8 million meals for children, adults and seniors experiencing hunger in the city. The charity was first established in 1985 and has now become the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest works to rescue otherwise wasted surplus fresh food and brings it to social service agencies throughout Toronto. It’s estimated that the group has rescued and delivered over 116 million pounds of good food, thus preventing 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Second Harvest’s vision: No Waste. No Hunger.

At AFGI, we are privileged to bring our years of auction experience to events such as  Toronto Taste and help them achieve their fundraising goals. We are proud to have helped such an important cause for our region. Learn more about Second Harvest and their important work at

Toronto Taste 2017 raises $925,000 for Second Harvest