Ways to Make Charity Auction Attendees Feel Appreciated
Donors are the reason you have a successful charity auction or not, so it is important to show appreciation to your givers. Make all your guests feel welcome, important, and noticed. Warmly meet and greet each attendee and afterward, thank them for attending and for their support.
Call Your Guests Prior to the Event
Tell your guests that you are looking forward to meeting/seeing them at the event. Share all the important information about the event and ask if they have any questions. Show your guests how excited you are and be very energetic – it will help build their anticipation!
Assign People to Meet and Greet
If possible, make a point to walk around and greet all new attendees to make an individual connection and share more about your organization and mission. Get help from your board members, staff, and volunteers to engage with each attendee. Have your team make your event attendees feel special and appreciated.
Create a VIP Area at the Event
- VIP Cocktail Hour – Open the doors an hour early for an exclusive reception. Give your VIPs the chance to meet special guests and network in a smaller group.
- VIP Tables – Seat your VIPs close to the front, decorate their tables more lavishly, and dismiss them first for food and dessert.
- VIP Attention-Getters – Make your VIPs stand out with corsages, different colored wristbands, or nametags.
Follow Up After the Event
Wondering how to create repeat donors? Nothing says “Wow!” like a prompt thank you phone call. The day after the auction, set the receipts and written thank you notes to the side. Instead, pick up the phone and dial those numbers. Recruit your board members to help and provide them with a script. Let your donors know how grateful you are for their support and how thrilled you are that they attended your event.
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