Since I started BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, the very first thing that I saw that I knew was a problem was that “Donations” truly don’t cut it. Now if you know me, I am the charity fundraising “Dose of Reality” guy. Most times, people don’t know how to take it because we live in a very politically correct world. But reality is reality folks and here it is.
Many people in the charity fundraising world, including those who are in the business of working with charities, somehow believe that accepting consignment items in their auctions are a bad idea. They are completely wrong and honestly are not as educated about the “Myth vs. Reality.”
The reality of donated items is this. Businesses are bombarded constantly with charities asking for donated items. When they donate, they donate items they can either afford to give away or items which are not moving in their stores. This is reality. So then charities take these items and put them out on the auction block.
I have seen some awful things happen and have heard some horror stories about
donated items bringing pennies on the dollar. Plus the donors walking out of the events angry based on the low bids. THIS IS REALITY!!!
Donated items are NOT, and again I don’t care who tells you otherwise, bringing very much in any Live or Silent Auction. Stop for a minute, think about the person or business who donated it…do you really think they don’t care? Yes they certainly do because if the items sell tragically cheap, what does that say about their business?
Remember, local people attend your local event with items donated by local businesses. If your guests wanted that stuff, they would go there and buy it themselves!!! This is common sense. Gift Baskets – oh my gosh, Gift Baskets. This is the “staple” in charity events. How many gift baskets did you give away to your family and friends for Christmas? I bet NONE.
Let’s talk about consignment but before we do, I want to show you a VERY real life example of why it works and a HUGE charity that only relies on items which are purchased for events. That’s right, they do NOT rely on donations.
Ducks Unlimited. Ducks Unlimited is the KING of charity fundraising. They have over 1,500 chapters across the world and do at least 7,500 fundraising events each year. Ducks Unlimited, along with several other outdoor charities have it figured out. These charities are ALL in the outdoor sector of non profits such as:
National Wild Turkey Federation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
National Rifle Association
And several more…
They send out a catalog of items to their chapters for which the chapters, staffed by volunteers, purchase all of the items in the catalog. That’s right I said “PURCHASE” not consigned like BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising offers.
Now, with this in mind – Ducks Unlimited’s net revenue (That means total profit) was $194,000,000.00!!! You can’t argue with that!!!
Folks – you need to change your mind set about consigned items. Noone, not you, not your friends, not your guests or your supporters want leftovers or junk. There are ways to reduce your costs so that you make top dollar.
Not only can you get awesome consigned items from us like autographed items but you can also get travel packages from us at www.CharityTravelPackages.com.
Yes, you think that if you get something donated, you keep 100% of the money…but 100% of what? 1/8th of what its worth? Seriously!!!
You can go to your local providers and ask them if they would consider consigning items to you. They will be very happy to and most likely donate items as well. They get to be marketed.
You can not argue with the numbers. Your guests want great items. Are you paying for the food? The Drinks? The Venue? Are you paying for anything else? Then why do you then rely on free stuff to help you raise money?
Tell me why in the comments below why you think this is a bad practice…..I want to hear it.
Contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com, we would love to help you.