Service Auctions

  • June 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm #1451
    Polly Dunn

    Our Meeting needs to raise funds for operating expenses and we are talking about holding a services auction (offering services and goods to be sold by bidding). Is this a good idea?

  • June 10, 2015 at 8:58 am #1452

    A service auction sounds like a fun idea. I believe Middletown Meeting at Langhorne does an auction that does well for them. Would the primary audience/donor base be the Friends in the meeting or other non-Quakers in the community? I ask because contributing to general operating expenses is reasonable for Friends in the meeting but less of an inspiring motivator for the broader community. When meetings do fundraising events that reach out to the broader community, I think makes more sense for the $ raised to be for some good works that the meeting does or that the meeting funds. If you have contributions to other organizations in your budget, then raising money for that specifically can free up room in the operating expenses for other needs.

    Also, events, like auctions, may help bring in some extra $ in the short term if your operating expense needs are greater this year for a particular reason that will not continue in future years. But if you’re experiencing a trend that member contributions cannot meet the general operating needs of the meeting, then I think taking a look at how you are asking for Friends’ support and how giving is talked about in the meeting community can have more lasting effects. As a part of my work for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, I am available to help your meeting think about how to increase member contributions. Please let me know if I can help!

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