In theory it is simple.  The goal of a fundraising gala is to raise funds. To raise funds you invite the most likely donors to your event.  But what happens if the donors you invite are not the right ones and they don’t give? How could that happen? So, just who is the right guest? And how do you encourage them to attend?

Your ideal guest is someone who cares about your cause, is perhaps personally connected to it, who has the means to support it financially and has friends or family who will join them in contributing. Importantly, though, they have to be the kind of supporter that likes going to events.  It might not be that the person who donates to a written on online appeal is even vaguely interested in coming out. If you are in a position to research records – do that.  Which of the guests who attended an event – comparable to the one you are planning – gave the most money; brought the most guests or made contributions on the night.   The guest you don’t want is the one who thinks that their donation starts and ends with the purchase of a ticket.  They have no intention of participating further.

As hard work as it is, it may prove to be far more profitable if you look to individually invite those supporters you really want to attend.  By identifying and personally inviting the right guests you make them feel special and are more likely to get them in the room.  If your research is accurate you will identify that these donors probably care a lot about helping out, have been involved in the charity for quite some time and may have a vested interest in the cause.

If you are conducting an auction think about what these major donors might be interested in; what kind of exclusive items might tempt them to open their wallets and purses? Make it so that they are happy to attend and not obliged.  If people are giving up a night they want to have fun – the more fun they are having the more they are likely to donate.

Then you just need to put on top notch event and offer unique and interesting auction items that people will want to bid on. Simple !!

For further details, email enquries@ezybidz.com.au

Payment option launched now!

Ezybidz Fundraising Solutions has launched a new system enabling supporters to buy tickets to your event online and start bidding on auction items and contribute donations straight away.

To further support you Ezybidz will process the registrations, manage any enquiries, process payment and issue electronic tickets and a receipt all via the most secure on-line payment system on the market today.   Organisers can access the system at any time to see who has registered and paid.

When you partner with Ezybidz, we create an exclusive event website so you can start to generate interest and excitement on the auction items well in advance of the event, as well as encourage supporters to buy their tickets electronically and spread the word.

The secure payment system will be familiar to anyone who shops on-line and, once payment has been made, guests will receive an automatically generated SMS and email confirming their payment.

The system is optimised for both iOS and Android so guests can use their own mobile or tablet to buy tickets, view and bid for auction items and make donations.

This new fundraising approach, means interstate and overseas supporters, unable to attend your fundraiser, can also take part in the auction, maximising funds raised for a cause they believe in.

See an event test site at Ezybidz Fundraising Solutions

3 Reasons Why Consignment Items Will Raise More

Would you like to offer some incredible items in your fundraising- auction that will excite your guests and increase bidding? Then consignment items are your best option!

Consignment items are goods and services that are offered with no upfront cost and no risk since anything that doesn’t sell is returned to the consignor without any charges involved. The items will have a low wholesale reserve to cover the consignor’s costs, and the difference between this and the sale price goes directly to your fundraising total – think school kids selling fundraising chocolates.

1. The advantage of consignment

Items taken on consignment have a number of advantages. First there is no risk involved and it is quick and simple. You can choose from items that are most suitable for your event and what your guests are likely to buy. By having premier items available you can draw bidders to your event and use them to set the bar for donations by providing a higher expectation for your procurement team to work towards. Ezybidz offers a wide selection of consignment items that will make your guests want to bid at your event! From amazing holidays to beautiful memorabilia. Through consignment you gain access to otherwise unavailable experiences at well below retail.

2. The limitation of donations

Donations obviously have their place and the advantage of providing 100% return, but consignment items can add an extra benefit to your fundraiser as consignment items can fill the gap and offer auction- items that they are unlikely to get donated. The acquisition of suitable donated items ultimately depends on the personal connections of your procurement team and their ability to solicit donations. When you’re trying to meet a quota of one item for every 10 guests, needing a variety of items and price points, you will soon find that the best method is a combination of your donated auction items and consignment items.

3. A comprehensive approach

The beauty of including consignment items along with your donated items is that you can supplement any shortfall in quantity, quality or variety. Don’t leave your guests wanting more.  Your guests will arrive knowing approximately how much they want to spend at your event. If you don’t provide items that excite them they may leave your event without leaving the financial support they intended.  It would be such a shame to have guests that are willing to spend more on something unique but nothing fits the bill! And if something on consignment is proving very popular you can usually offer a second to the under-bidder, boosting your funds raised.

Additionally you can pair up a donated item with a consignment one to create a unique and desirable package with a less discernible value. And best of all, consignment items come with a fundraising consultant who can assess your event and your guests to provide a customised list of auction items that will offer the best returns, plus a team of experienced professionals who will set up your display and help to sell the items.

With one phone call to Ezybidz you can fill your auction catalogue in its entirety or supplement your donations with fabulous items. The wide range of items available on consignment means that you can meet every expectation quickly and easily.

Find out more about incorporating consignment items into your charity auction by calling us on 1300 399 243 or visit our website www.ezybidz.com.au for more information.

The best time of the year to fundraise

Australia is one of the most charitable countries in the world so it is important to find any opportunity to fundraise for your organisation. Fundraising events are valuable for your charity and it is important to organise events year-round. Not only to raise significant funds for your charity but also to promote the important work you do and to build connections with companies and organisations. Ezybidz is your number one fundraising consultant company and is always available to assist you with every aspect of your fundraising by using our unique Electronic Auction system.

Here are a few annual calendar dates, listed in order, to get you started on your 2015 calendar. Let’s kick off 2015 to be the best fundraising year for your charity!

January is still in play! While most people are likely to be generous towards non-profits during the December month, Ezybidz has found that the curve of year-end giving continues until January-February. Some donors allow for their budget to recover, then they give. Other donors, those who had given away their budgeted charitable amounts long before 31st December, are now able to reconsider you in January because they are looking at their New Year budget. So go ahead and ask your donors for support in January and let Ezybidz assist you so you can get the most out of your fundraising event. It is great to host a fundraising event early in the year to kick off the New Year and keep your charity on the map for the donors and corporate support!      

Summer-Autumn: A great time to fundraise. 
This period is full of public holidays such as Easter, Queen’s Birthday and Anzac day, which is a great time to organise a themed charity event! People are looking for an event to attend so charities should take every opportunity of this.

Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are underused days to ask for support. People are drawn to value-oriented ways to celebrate these holidays, so giving in memory of, or in honour of, our loved ones or “Mums” works well. The histories of these holidays are rich and culturally varied so you can take an approach that best fits your non-profit organisation. Ezybidz offers several unique and fantastic auction items that would be perfect for these occasions, such as our wonderful Ultimate Indulgence, Champagne Class or Luxury Sailing Packages.

July and August create a cosy family feeling amongst people and therefore a higher level of generosity is present. Ezybidz offers year-round fundraising solutions and will be able to assist you with all of your fundraising events throughout these chilly months. There is nothing as magical as a Winter Ball!

From September to December, Australia is entering spring time and is slowly getting into the Christmas spirit. This leads to an even higher generosity and therefore it is important to start organising your End-of -Year events early so you can ensure that you will raise as much money as possible for your charity, and make the most of your event. Ezybidz offers many amazing items that would be perfect for this time of year such as the Tuscany Winter Wonderland experience which is one of our best selling items.

For the best possible service, technology and fundraising consults, contact Ezybidz and let us take care of making your event a great success. Ezybidz cares about you and your charity!



Facts from: http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/the-worlds-most-generous-country-has-been-named/story-e6frfqai-1227127974116

Should you host a Silent or Live Auction?

You’ve decided to host a benefit auction at your next big non-profit fundraising event — that’s great! You’ve taken an important step toward successful fundraising. Now you are faced with a few important decisions while planning the event, which can be overwhelming.
One of the first things you’ll have to decide is whether to have a live or silent benefit auction. How do you know which is better for your organisation’s big night? Well, before we get ahead of ourselves, first let’s talk about the difference between the two.
Live auctions require an auctioneer who will engage attendees and encourage guests to call out bids. When it comes to silent auctions, attendees will put in their bid electronically and will find out if they won by the time the silent auction closes.
In most cases, a live auction is going to yield a high return on your items – simply because you have a persuasive individual encouraging more bids from your attendees. This is the main reason to incorporate a both a live and a silent auction into your fundraising event as this will result in the highest possible funds raised.
During a live auction, attendees are going head-to-head in a bidding war. They often get so caught up in the excitement that they call out higher bids without a second thought. When rationality goes out the window, who knows how much money you could raise? In fact, 50% of all sales come from live auctions!
Silent auctions are the way to go if you have a lot of items to auction off, but you can always incorporate a live component to sell some of more expensive or unique items. A good auctioneer will almost always generate high bids, which means more money raised per item – and more money raised altogether.
If you decide to host a silent auction, maybe because you’re using the auction as a complement to your main event, there are some ways that you can work to make it very effective. If you’re hosting a silent auction with a live auction, leave the big-ticket items for the live auction and place the items of less value on the bidding tables. Make sure to set up the tables so that attendees can easily go back and forth throughout the night, and remind the audience to check on their bids periodically. If you allow time for breaks during a dance or a golf tournament, guests can also use that time to head over to the bidding table.
Before you plan your next event, think about the outcome you’re hoping to achieve. If you’re trying to raise as much money as possible, which is the goal of most non-profits hosting a fundraising event, consider doing a combination of both a live and silent auction to get the results you want.

Five main traps when fundraising.

While planning your next Fundraising event there are several key aspects you need to take into consideration and certain things you need to be aware of, in order to make the right decision when it comes to selecting a fundraising organisation to help you.
Below are five Traps that lie out there, waiting to snag you:
1) Commissions. Some companies will charge a commission on YOUR Donated items! Yes, they aim to take a percentage on the sale of items you have worked hard to procure, at no cost.
With Ezybidz this is not the case. We have never before charged any commission on donated items or services and will never do so in the future. When you choose Ezybidz, you get 100% of the funds on your donated items and 100% of funds over the cost price on consignment items! In addition to this you will be assured of the most professional service and the most amazing donated items without any unnecessary commissions.
2) Authenticity of items. When the guests at your event are bidding on an item, they certainly want to know if the item is real and unquestionably authentic. This can be a deal-breaker in obtaining a successful bid on an item that will benefit your fundraising event. Worse still a faulty item or bad experiences which can come from unexperienced companies could put guest off supporting your charity again in the future!
Ezybidz has been in the industry for over 15 years and buys from only reputable sources, some for over a decade. All items come with a certificate of authenticity issued by Ezybidz, who stand behind their products, 100%.
3) Hidden charges. One thing you must be aware of when deciding on your Fundraising partner is the hidden charges that may arise. At Ezybidz Fundraising Solutions, we can offer our technology and services, along with aspirational (and sought after) experiences and items, all with NO upfront or hidden charges. We are a fundraising solutions company and our main aim is to help you gain as many funds as possible for your charity.
Some companies charge a fee if your guests lose their bidding card, which they can’t participate in the auction without. Beware of these costs.
4) Paying for the system when it comes to electronic bidding, there is always a sophisticated system involved and most IT companies charge their customers to use their electronic bidding system.
Ezybidz does not. We aim to provide our world-leading electronic system at NO-cost, so both you and your guests can enjoy the simplicity of electronic bidding, with no hit to your bottom line!
5) Event staffing coordinating a Fundraising event can be a rewarding but overwhelming task, especially when faced with running an electronic auction! While volunteers are supremely beneficial, they may fall short on expertise in fundraising auctions. So where do you turn?
Ezybidz will arrange professional staff who are dedicated to help you succeed in exceeding your Fundraising goals! We call our team: Customer Service Representatives (CSR), who will run both the Live and Silent Auction, including collecting payments to completely relieve you of the stress. This comes at NO-cost, and with up to a dozen CSR’s able to be provided for your event, think how much the IT companies offering electronic bidding will charge for that!
So while organising your next fundraising event, be aware of these 5 hidden traps that are out there and be aware of the possibilities that arise by choosing Ezybidz. Just remember, Ezybidz Cares!

The 4 questions you need to ask to see if your fundraising is on the right track

If you’re wondering whether or not your fundraising is headed in the right direction, there is news for you: healthy development programs require a lot more than just steadily increasing revenue. Sure, raising more this year than last year is important, but to be certain that your growth is sustainable, you need more.
There are four simple questions that you can ask to immediately find out whether or not a fundraising program is on the right track for steady, rapid growth… and where the organization needs some work. Take a minute to answer these four questions for your non-profit to see how strong your development program is:
Question #1: When is Your Next Newsletter Coming Out, and Who is Responsible for It?
Do you know when your organization’s next newsletter is coming out? If not, would you know where to look up the answer? Do you know who is responsible for getting the newsletter out the door?
Planning is a key trait of successful non-profits. Good fundraising plans require deadlines and responsibilities – meaning that for every goal, there are deadlines when certain actions will be accomplished, and it is clear who will be responsible for each action. How strong is your non-profit’s fundraising plan?
Question #2: What is Your Donor Retention Rate?
Donor movement is a fundamental discipline of strong non-profits. You must have a plan for moving your donors through the fundraising funnel, and you have to know where each donor stands and how successful you are at moving donors through the funnel.
If you don’t know your current donor retention rate, it is highly likely that you are not moving donors through the funnel efficiently or tracking them effectively.
Question #3: Why Should Donors Give to Your Organization – Today?
Quick! In 30 seconds or less, can you give a great explanation of why donors should care about your organization and make a donation today?
Your non-profit’s case for support is a key foundation for successfully raising more money each and every year. If you don’t have a strong and compelling case statement, or if you and your team aren’t grounded enough in that case statement to be able to give a short, compelling reason to give at a moment’s notice, chances are that your fundraising will suffer.
Question #4: How Many of Your Current Donors Came through Referrals?
Did you know that the single best source of new prospects for your fundraising program is referrals from current donors, board members, volunteers and other supporters?
What percentage of your current donor base came through referrals from other donors? If you don’t know the answer to this question, it is probably because your non-profit isn’t focused on referrals or doesn’t have a referral system in place.
Focusing on referrals can significantly increase your donor pipeline and will help your organization dramatically increase fundraising revenue.
Take some time to answer the four questions above. If there are some questions you don’t know the answer to, or some answers that you think could be better, don’t fret – these four questions are a starting point for better fundraising. Once you answer them, you’ll know where you need to focus your energies in the year to come.

Electronic Bidding, The Fastest Growing Fundraising Auction Platform.

But Do You Know Why?
Ok, we know electronic bidding is the fastest growing fundraising auction platform around the globe but do we know what is driving its popularity?

Here are some key findings from a focus group study and research reports, stating key motivations behind why guests enjoy engaging in online electronic silent auctions.

Why online mobile auctions are attractive?

The digital age
Think about these key factors and statistics. With a global shift towards an online life, over 90% penetration rate of the internet, and mobile device penetration rate standing well over 80% in Australia, with predictions it will overtake PC’s in 2014, put simply, it’s part of our lives. Everyone has a mobile device and knows how to use the internet.

You have a generation of experienced bidders in the various online auctions sites, so people already know how to use online auction systems.

Research shows with the Gen X, Gen Y and even late Boomers, there is no real learning necessary.

Research found one motivating factor is guests and charity supporters can integrate electronic silent auction bidding in their lifestyles, at the event, on their own terms, within their own schedule. In addition, they can bid for auction items from the comfort of their seats at the event, even from their bedrooms which from research reveal, guests feel it makes the process much easier.

Competitive nature

Much research has been done about the competitive factor driving higher bids, excitement and being the key motivation for guests to engage in electronic bidding for charity silent auctions. Once you have bid for an item on your phone, you are sent instant outbid alerts, which is great for engagement. When you win, you are also instantly messaged. This further drives the competitive nature of guests leveraged through electronic bidding technology.

Involving All Bidders
Research shows some women are not as keen on live auctions, where they are competing in the public eye or even against friends.

However women make up the large majority of bidders on average at fundraising auctions, so you would be missing out on potential major contributors.

A focus group report found women prefer silent auctions because it cuts out this barrier, and electronic online bidding allows them to still compete without direct conflict.

All Factors
This brings all the above factors together. You know how to use your mobile for fundraising auctions, its right in your hand so it’s convenient; it drives your competitive nature by constant alerts. You can avoid competing in the public directly or against friends.

So What Impact Does This Have On Fundraising?
You have guests engaged with a streamlined electronic bidding system that allows multiple bidders engrossed at the event, as well as from multiple locations, increasing efficiency and ultimately generating more funds raised.

From a strategic planning perspective, you see all the data about what items are selling well and to who during the auction in real time, as well as after, where you can see patterns in bidder behavior, can adjust appropriately, and most importantly for selection of items for future fundraising events.

It’s a hassle free option with low investment and proven high returns.

Are You Making The Biggest Mistake In Fundraising Auctions?

What could be a bigger mistake in fundraising auctions than losing a percentage of the money you raise to a fundraising company? After all your hard work pulling together a multifaceted fundraising gala event with entertainment and decorations, arranging media coverage, inviting your supporters, and of course procuring those have-to-have items for your auction, why would you allow a fundraising company to skim the cream from what you raise?

It’s a question that boggles our minds. And what further astounds us is that these companies often provide their bidding system with no service! That means that you are paying to do the work of loading all of your auction items into their program and running the auction yourself, including if anything goes wrong. They might even tell you that this way you’re keeping everything internal and will have more control over your auction. Of course you’ll have more control – you’ll be doing all the work for the auction on top of everything else that needs to happen at your event!

Fixed pricing is the only way to ensure that your budget is fixed and not hit by nasty surprises. Save thousands of dollars over electronic bidding providers with fees that are based on the financial success of your event. You’re paying for a fixed service – why should you pay more when nothing more is done to earn it?

Avoid this mistake by examining electronic bidding providers and finding out up-front what you expect to pay. Ezybidz is proud to be able to offer our premium silent auction bidding system with our full service, including our staff at your event, at no cost to you by including fixed price consignment items in your auction. Or you can simply pay the flat rate for this same service without the consignment items. Discover more by calling us on 1300 399 243.

Win Your Favourite Charity A Prize Worth $17,500 ‘Our Heroes Need Heroes’

We launched the ‘our Heroes Need Heroes’ initiative on Tuesday 24th of June, seeking to inspire everyone to actively promote the good work of their favourite charity. We set up an easy way for anyone to nominate and tell all their friends about the great work your favourite charity does, through the ‘Our Heroes Need Heroes’ facebook app, with full sharable functions. The aim is to win your favourite charity a holiday in Phuket worth $17,500, with accommodation in a luxury villa.

The charity that tallies up the most number of votes by 1st of August, wins the holiday to be auctioned at their next fundraising event. Ezybidz are providing the entire package.

The premise of the initiative is charities contribute immensely to society. Whether ensuring the health and wellbeing of children, animals, the elderly, environment, poverty-stricken communities, on rescue missions or providing local sporting opportunities, these organisations are always there to help. In essence Ezybidz feel charities are the everyday hero.

The initiative aims to provide a platform where anyone can make a difference for these organisations. Ezybidz Founder Michael Dever said, “There are 600,000 registered charities in Australia, and in our busy lives, we can forget the good work they do. This is our way of showing appreciation.” “I am fortunate enough to work with a number of great organisations around Australia, which makes running this initiative very rewarding.”
Start nominating or get voting!