Live Auction and Silent Auction Ideas:  Impact Auctions

Fundraising Live Auction Ideas that will surely make an Impact

  • Fundraising Live Auction Ideas that will surely make an ImpacThe number one way to raise money is though Live Auctions at Fundraising events. They offer entertainment and allow your charity donors to receive something in return.

An impacting auction requires two key points: An experienced fundraising auctioneer and valued items to auction. This can be a terrifying task to take on but we have made it easy for our charity committee members.

Impact Auctions is an experienced Auctioneer Team that has inspiring consignment experiences and ideas that may make reaching your goals easier for your next fundraising event.


Adventure Travel Packages.  Some of the best travel packages in a live auction include:

1.  Napa Valley Wine Tour
2.  Disney Package to Florida
3.  Alaska Cruise Tour
4.  Sold Out Concert Tickets
5. Limo Service included in a New Years Eve Package
6.  Symphony and Broadway Show Packages


  • Once in a lifetime Venture Experiences

The right experience for the right person can be priceless, meaning you get to watch bids soar.

7. China & Tibet Discovery for 14 days
8. Romantic Rhine Cruise
9. South African Discovery including a Safari
10. SuperBowl Tickets
11. Hot air Balloon Ride

Culinary Experiences

The foodie movement continues to grow, meaning unique dining experiences are growing in demand. Some prime live auction ideas include:

12. A popular chef comes to cook your choice of dish in your home
13. Behind-the-scenes tour at local breweries
14. Cooking School in Tuscany
15. Dessert delivered monthly to your home for a year from the city’s best pastry chef

  • Adventures for Children and Family

Unique experiences that are appropriate for kids or families can be big winners. People love to share one-of-a-kind experiences with their family members and friends. Here are some winning ideas:

16. Career experiences for a day, such as principal, police officer, firefighter, pilot, etc.
17. Meet a local legend
18. Overnight sleepover or birthday parties with friends at the local aquarium, planetarium, or zoo
19. Full after-hours access to attractions, such as four hours of private access to an amusement park

  • Make Overs

Having opportunities that are unique to the home owner is popular and is a great way to involve local business owners. Ideas could be:

20. Patio Make Over for your home
21 Remodel closets in your home

  • Priceless One-Of-A-Kind Items

Having items that can be “bragging rights” is priceless. Here are some award winning ideas:

22. Have a leased car paid for a year from your local BMW/ ECT

23. Playing piano in your home for a year

24. Full size paid BILLBOARD AD

More Live and Silent Auction Ideas

1. Chef cooking dinner party

2. Sold out concert tickets

3. Sporting event VIP tickets

4. Round trip air to anywhere for two

5. Boating cruise with guests around the local lake

6. Magical STAY-CATION at the Ritz

7. Disney Passes and vacation


9. Patio Makeover

10. Sports Memorabilia

11. Limo service for New Year's Eve Night

12. Hunting party for the guys

13. Spa day for the girls

14. High end purses

15. Leased car for a year

16. Live Animals (puppy, kitty)

17. House at the beach/mountains

18. Fresh flowers (cookies)  delivered once a week for a year

19. Hot air balloon ride

20. Advertisement on a billboard (business)

21. Home makeover

22. Golfing weekend

23. Country club dues paid

24. Closet makeover

25. Bicycles His/her

26. “Theme” experience

27. Theater passes

28. Private tours

29. A day "with" (a sheriff, the mayor, racecar driver...)

30. Shopping experience

31. Next Year Event Tickets for 2, Front Row Table,  and More

31.  Birthday Party for a child at a "desired place"

32. A guided Tour of a TV studio by a news anchor person

33. Ski package

34. Use of a Vacation Home

35. Swap Items with other out-of-state organizations. 

36.  Lessons ( Golf, Dance, Fitness)

More Silent/Live Suggestions

Bundled Themes


Smaller items should be bundle creatively. Suggestions:  Have a donated wheelbarrow and place tools, local gift certificates to Home Depot/Lowes and make it home a improvement item.(Don't forget about the guys)   Or make it a booze barrow filled with local craft beer, wine, and favorite alcohol.  


Include Airfare with Destinations


A trip to a favorite destination should include airfare.  This generates more interest if you provide a way to get to far away destinations.


Swap Items 


If you procure a weekend stay at a nice hotel in your city,  swap with another organization.  Suggestions include:  tickets to a concert or sporting event, ski passes, theatre tickets, or a week­long stay in a condo. A continued relationship with other organizations could be a long lasting partnership.   


Puppies being Auction


Please check your state laws for auctioning animals.  This is one resouce for puppies:

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Ron and Debbie Hitzel

Impact Auctions


Charlotte, North Carolina


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Impact Auctions philosophy is simple, "Be Committed To The Cause".  Impact Auctions is committed to listen to each organization's needs, build on the strengths of each organization, and form a fundraising partnership to meet the fundraising goals year after year.  



*2015 was our first year working with a truly professional full
service auctioneer.  We did  a full search and were so pleased with our decision
to go with Impact Auctions! Not only did we raise MORE money but the live auction was
more entertaining than in past years!  Thank you!    


Jane C from St. Gabriel School


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