The Ultimate List of 100+ Silent Auction Item Ideas

Year of car washes by local Boy/Girl Scout troop

Pew with a View front-row seating at Christmas mass

from local company or community service group

Visit from fire truck or police squad car at childs birthday party

Personal yoga sessions at your home

(helmet, jersey, balls, bats, gloves, practice gear, hats)

Broadwaytickets and in-theater meet and greet

Amazon Prime subscription for a year

Perform (and keep!) the ceremonial coin toss before a game

High-quality camcorder (like GoPro)

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Buy a teacher a day off (bidder chooses who gets time off)

Subs or burgers for 25 people delivered to work or home

Catered tailgate party including set up and tear down

Signed, framed photos of famous sports personalities

Box seats for college or professional sports team

(cappuccino maker, KitchenAid mixer, Vitamix)

Private, insider tours of local businesses or factories

Cooking lesson from award-winning local chef

Games and goodies for a day indoors

Santa Claus or Easter Bunny visit to your home or work

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Private lunch and book reading with a favorite childrens book author

Dinner cooked and served by the mayor

Birthday visit from a princess or superhero

Mountain passes with ski/snowboarding lessons

Many Nonprofit fundraising events arent complete without at least a few tables filled with exciting auction packages.

Guitar or other musical instruments signed by famous musicians

Theater tickets including one-time non-speaking role in a play

Opportunity to sit in on a local sports radio show

Afternoon tea for six at a local botanical garden

Childrens room mural painted by local artist

Example: Two movie passes wont bring in more than $20, but a package that includes movie tickets, a babysitter(include pizza for the kids!)and a restaurant gift card can be branded as Ultimate Date Night! basket. An attractive package will bring in evenmorethan the sum of its parts.

(local troop guides a hike, sets up lunch, provides campfire, transportation, cleanup)

That said, procuring, setting up, tracking and fulfilling items can take an incredible amount of time – often more time than anything else! To make the most of this fundraising strategy, youll need to brainstorm, then pursue exciting items thatcreate a luxury shopping experiencefor your guests.

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10 hours of certified mechanic work

Collections of wines curated by region

Magician comes to your home to teach card tricks

To get the ball rolling, here is a list of 100+ silent auction item ideas to help your procurement team. If you like what you see,click here to download over400 auction item ideas!

Variety of liquor, mixes, mixing tools and cocktail recipes

See theRockettes Christmas Spectacularin New York City

Popcorn, boxed candy and certificate to local theater

After-hours passes to community center or swimming pool

Beach towels, sand toys, sunscreen and tropical beverages

Honorary police academy training for adult or child

Silent auctions are a great way to monetize cocktail hour at agala, engage parents at aschool fundraiser, maximize revenue at agolf tournamentand more. As guests arrive and begin bidding, a fun and competitive environment develops as the time to close the silent auction draws near.

Photo shoot with professional photographer

Which type of fundraising event makes the most money in the shortest amount of time? Is it golf tournaments, galas, 5K run/walks, raffles?

(ex: PedalPub, Brew Cycle, Pints and Pedals, Pedal Tavern)

Computer or coding classes from an expert

Dinner and historic city tour with the mayor

Local florist delivers flowers monthly for 1 year

Prime viewing spot for July 4th fireworks

Limo ride to view holiday light displays

Ride to or from school in a fire truck or police squad car

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In 2018, more and more nonprofits are cutting down on thenumberof silent auction items and focusing on increasing thecaliberof each item. One practical way to do this: bundling smaller donations into attractive gift baskets.

Spa: Bath salts, slippers and gift card to local spa

One week of chauffeur services for your child

Tickets to championship sports events, including transportation

Reserved seats for graduation ceremony

Complete makeover with a local stylist, including makeup, hair and shopping

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Traditional St. Patricks Days dinner for six

(St. Patricks Day, Polish Constitution Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, etc.)

Sponsorship of park bench with name on it

(work with business to determine number of garments)

Month of child care from a local center

Inflatable rental for childs birthday or family party

Private wine or beer tasting with 10 friends

One years prime parking spot (for students or parents)

Painting commissioned by local artist

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Tee time at a luxury or private golf course

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Class party including pizza, games and prizes

Ultimate micro-brew sampler of 100 bottles

Tickets to a popular talk show (i.e.

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