Expert advice for aligning your event with the ideal benefit auctioneer.

February 15, 2024 – Episode # 123
Raise and Match: Auctioneer Matchmaking featuring Erin Ward and Bobby D.

Not all benefit auctioneers are cut from the same cloth. There’s more to the role than meets the stage. Behind the scenes, a skilled benefit auctioneer must possess agility, quick thinking, and an intimate understanding of the nonprofit’s mission, story, and goals. However, that only scratches the surface. Today’s auctioneer needs to be forward-thinking, creative, well-versed in event trends—if not pioneering them—and fully embracing innovation and technology to optimize their stage program.

Selecting the ideal benefit auctioneer shouldn’t be rushed or based solely on past fundraising achievements. Success hinges on various factors, making it imperative for nonprofits to approach the hiring process methodically. Treat the auctioneer role with the gravity it deserves, akin to a formal job search. Invest time in crafting a detailed description and conducting thorough interviews until you find the perfect match.

Erin Ward and Bobby D., a dynamic husband-and-wife duo sharing a career and passion, are popular and respected benefit auctioneers. They emphasize the importance of nonprofit/auctioneer matchmaking. The pair know how to drive results and exceed fundraising goals. With a legacy spanning multiple generations, Erin continuously hones her skills by blending traditional best practices with modern engagement strategies. Bobby D. is pioneering new standards and advising nonprofits on ambitious endeavors.

Joining Raise Nation Radio, they spill the tea and share insights, amusing anecdotes, and groove to “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge, underscoring the importance of adaptability in the world of benefit auctioneering.

In this episode:

  • Agility in Stage Navigation
  • Transformation into Year-Round Fundraising
  • Giving Experience Design
  • Mission Ambassadorship
  • Passionate Stage Inspiration

Connect with our guests on LinkedIn: Bobby D. Ehlert Erin Ward

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