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Stellar Fundraising Auctions

Stellar Fundraising Auctions We are fundraising auction and consulting specialists who want to help make your fundraising auction the most successful event you’ve ever thrown.

Founded by Ed Gold and Greg Quiroga, Stellar Fundraising Auctions is a San Francisco-based benefit auction firm that conducts record setting auctions nationwide. Our clients include schools, arts organizations, foundations and non-profit organizations doing good work all over the country. Our services include much more than simply getting on stage and putting on an unforgettable auction performanc

Founded by Ed Gold and Greg Quiroga, Stellar Fundraising Auctions is a San Francisco-based benefit auction firm that conducts record setting auctions nationwide. Our clients include schools, arts organizations, foundations and non-profit organizations doing good work all over the country. Our services include much more than simply getting on stage and putting on an unforgettable auction performanc

Join us next Tuesday to discuss all the ways the pandemic has changed the ways we do in-person events. Tuesday, April 12...
04/06/2022
Getting Back to Live and In-Person 2022 - Bay Area, CA

Join us next Tuesday to discuss all the ways the pandemic has changed the ways we do in-person events.

Tuesday, April 12th 2022

9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Location: David Brower Center Berkeley, CA

*Proof of Vaccination Required



Presented by industry experts from Greater Giving, Beth Sandefur Events, The Lux Productions, and Stellar Fundraising Auctions.

This workshop will feature in-depth discussions on

How the culture of in-person events has evolved
Ways auction software has changed
Best practices for registration in the time of covid
Leaving your silent auction online
Making your fund-a-need successful
Live auction lots that work
Conducting a hybrid event
Breakout Q&A sessions
And more!
Registration includes lunch and a cooking demonstration by Orion Sylvester of Orion’s Kitchen. Seminar is limited to 50 attendees.

Getting Back to Live and In-Person 2022 - Bay Area, CA

It's time to get back together again, live and in-person! Join us for an in-person workshop on Tuesday, April 12th, 2022...
02/21/2022

It's time to get back together again, live and in-person! Join us for an in-person workshop on Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.

Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and a culinary demonstration by Orion's Kitchen.

https://marketing.ejoinme.org/berkeley

Join Stellar Fundraising Auctions and Beth Sandefur Events as we explore the fundraising lessons we learned in 2021, and...
01/11/2022
Join us for a free webinar! "Fundraising Auction Update: Planning the Right Fundraising Auction in 2022." We will explore what worked in 2021, and how you can apply it to your event this year - be it in-person, virtual or hybrid.

Join Stellar Fundraising Auctions and Beth Sandefur Events as we explore the fundraising lessons we learned in 2021, and how those trends will impact fundraising auctions in 2022. This one-hour webinar will feature a 35-minute presentation followed by a lively, interactive Questions & Answers session. Topics covered will include:
- Where are we at with fundraising right now, in 2022?
- Virtual events: are they still a thing?
- What were in-person auctions like in 2021?
- Hybrid events: should we consider doing one?
- Keys for hybrid event success
- Ways to make your virtual event a success in 2022
- Top 5 tips for in-person events in 2022
- Fund-a-need
- Questions and answers
Registration is free, and required for access to the webinar.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0XnH3M8-TSa1mjDOZ5-Obw

Join Stellar Fundraising Auctions and Beth Sandefur Events as we explore the fundraising lessons we learned in 2021, and how those trends will impact fundraising auctions in 2022. This one-hour webinar will feature a 35-minute presentation followed by a lively, interactive Questions & Answers sessio...

What did we learn in 2021? Find out in our latest Fundraising Auction Minute:
12/16/2021
Fundraising Auction Minute: 2021 Year in Review

What did we learn in 2021? Find out in our latest Fundraising Auction Minute:

In this Fundraising Auction Minute, Stellar Fundraising Auctioneer Greg Quiroga takes a look back at the four main fundraising trends in 2021. Did Hybrid eve...

In our latest Fundraising Auction Minute, we address travel packages. When should you start adding them back in to your ...
04/19/2021
Fundraising Auction Minute: Travel Lots

In our latest Fundraising Auction Minute, we address travel packages. When should you start adding them back in to your auction?

(Spoiler alert, the answer is "now!")

https://youtu.be/KGKzybz_D-U

In this Fundraising Auction Minute Stellar Fundraising Auctioneer Greg Quiroga looks at when travel packages will return to their pre-pandemic levels of prof...

Should you be worried about virtual gala burnout? No more than in-person gala burnout. Which is to say...
03/02/2021
Fundraising Auction Minute: Virtual Gala Burnout

Should you be worried about virtual gala burnout?

No more than in-person gala burnout. Which is to say...

This Fundraising Auction Minute focuses on Virtual Gala Burnout. Will the sudden increase in virtual galas make it more difficult for you to attract supporte...

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01/05/2021

Stellar Fundraising Auctions's cover photo

Registration is now open for our next educational broadcast, "When Online Meets In-Person: Hybrid Events Defined" on Thu...
01/05/2021

Registration is now open for our next educational broadcast, "When Online Meets In-Person: Hybrid Events Defined" on Thursday, January 14th at 11AM PST. This educational broadcast will focus solely on hybrid fundraising events, their logistics, their costs, and their potential. Broadcast live from The Lux Productions, featuring Tom Durante of Lux and Beth Sandefur of BSE.

https://hybrid-events.eventbrite.com/

Here's to getting back together sometime in 2021!
12/30/2020

Here's to getting back together sometime in 2021!

Still room in our webinar next week: Virtual Galas 2.0: Taking Virtual Galas to the Next Level in 2021, presented in con...
12/09/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual Gala 2.0: Taking Virtual Galas to the Next Level in 2021. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Still room in our webinar next week: Virtual Galas 2.0: Taking Virtual Galas to the Next Level in 2021, presented in conjunction with Beth Sandefur Events. Sign up now!

Take your virtual gala to the next level in 2021! This 1-hour workshop will leverage the experience from producing and performing in over 75 virtual galas this year to teach you everything you need to know to make your next virtual gala a memorable – and profitable – show. Virtual Gala producer ...

08/31/2020
WildCare Gala 2020

Stellar fundraising auctioneer Devon Bell takes a dive into the virtual world to help WildCare top last year's in-person total!

Welcome to WildCare's 2020 Gala Fundraiser! Go to wildcare2020.ggo.bid to support us! Need help? Call 415-463-4624

07/11/2020
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Virtual Gala and Live Auction

From "cancelled" to "complete success!", honored to have been part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area's 2020 virtual gala. Thanks for letting us participate in your stellar success, and props to all of your Bigs out there making a difference in the lives of Bay Area youth.

Join us on Friday, July 10 at 7pm for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area's Igniting Potential Virtual Gala and Live Auction! Tune in live to help us ac...

04/11/2017
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Get a free preview of our upcoming workshop at this webinar!

The Seven Keys to a Successful Fund-a-Need, presented by Greg Quiroga

02/17/2017
Greg Quiroga: Students Rising Above Gala

New video edited and uploaded!

San Francisco based fundraising auctioneer Greg Quiroga of Stellar Fundraising Auctions conducting the auction for the 2016 Students Rising Above Gala at the...

Idea for a DIY wine lot when your committee doesn't have a deep cellar, but you know your crowd would pay well for wine:...
02/03/2017
Auction lot idea: “The Wine Spectator Top 100”

Idea for a DIY wine lot when your committee doesn't have a deep cellar, but you know your crowd would pay well for wine: The Wine Spectator Top 100

Wine is consistently one of the top-selling categories of auction lots in fundraising auctions, and the vast majority of charity auctions we conduct feature at least one or two “wine lots.” People like their wine and are often more than willing to overpay for it in support of a good cause. But not e...

01/09/2017
The top 10 most exciting lots of 2016

Our annual compendium of the most exciting lots of the previous year is up! See which lots sparked the greatest interest last year.

At the end of each year I comb through every auction lot I sold and compile a list of the “most exciting” lots I sold that year. It’s an arbitrary assessment, based on the uniqueness of each lot, the creativity that went into the lot, the buzz generated at the event, and how much it sold for. A lot…

12/20/2016
Happy Holidays!

From all of us to you and yours!

Greg Quiroga December 20, 2016 Happy Holidays! By Greg Quiroga December 20, 2016 Tagged: happy holidays, merry christmas, happy hannukkah

10/20/2016

How busy is gala season in San Francisco? All three Stellar Auctioneers are doing different events in San Francisco tonight. on a Wednesday.

10/07/2016
DreamForce 2016 Mega Demo Jam: Bracket Labs' TaskRay Demo

Auctioneer Greg Quiroga got to play the part of the fast-talking auctioneer for software company Bracket Labs' demo at Dreamforce 2016 this week!

Three minutes isn't a lot of time to demo a product, so Bracket Labs hired auctioneer Greg Quiroga to help speed up their demo.

09/26/2016
Stepping Out to Celebrate Life: Let's Go Crazy

Stepping Out to Celebrate Life is always a heartfelt fashion show. This year, one of the scenes featured a guitarist playing Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" in the midst of the runway show. It was fun.

The Stepping Out to Celebrate Life fashion show featuring breast cancer survivor models is incredibly heartfelt, and is always a major production. This year ...

East Bay fundraising auction committee members: Want to make more money in your next fundraising auction with what is al...
09/07/2016
Stellar Fundraising Auctions

East Bay fundraising auction committee members: Want to make more money in your next fundraising auction with what is already at your disposal? Attend our upcoming workshop, "Make More, Right Now: Advanced Fundraising Auction Strategies"

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09/01/2016
Tall centerpieces hurt fundraising auctions

New blog post on the correlation between centerpiece height and the amount raised in a fundraising auction (spoiler: it's an inverse relationship).

Everyone wants their event to look great. The challenge is to strike a balance between form and function, especially when it comes to the centerpieces. Even though they are see-through in the middle, the paper planes on these center-pieces are obscuring the podium. As auctioneers, our ability to eng...

08/25/2016
Creating desirable packages for your live auction

Our latest blog post explores the three levels of desirability for fundraising auction packages:

Procuring enticing packages is one of the most challenging aspects of organizing a fundraising auction. Solicitation committees often get hung up on comparisons to other events and focus on the lots they see doing well at other fundraising auctions. And while there is value in learning from one’s pe...

JK Rowling is the first and only billionaire to fall off of Forbes' list of billionaires because of charitable giving. "...
08/17/2016
One Meme Will Make You Love J.K. Rowling Even More Than You Already Do

JK Rowling is the first and only billionaire to fall off of Forbes' list of billionaires because of charitable giving. "You have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently."

The 'Harry Potter' author has done something incredible that few others in her position would do.

08/16/2016
Personalize your paddle raise

The fund-a-need for the Boys and Girls Clubs of St Helena's BIG Night was a resounding success, in no small part because of the associate executive director's rock-solid pitch (video)

The paddle raise is the most important component of most fundraising auctions, often raising more than the rest of the auction combined. The way it is introduced is crucial to engaging the crowd and ensuring success. A good paddle raise pitch tells stories that connect your audience to your mission…

Ready for a big night tonight! All three of our Stellar auctioneers are back in action this weekend. Guess that means su...
08/14/2016

Ready for a big night tonight! All three of our Stellar auctioneers are back in action this weekend. Guess that means summer is over, kiddos.

08/11/2016
One way the election will impact your fall auction: communications

The election will have a significant impact on one particular aspect of fundraising this fall: mail and marketing communications. It's never too late to come up with a plan to make sure your event isn't lost in the avalanche of political propaganda.

Last week we explored the upcoming presidential election’s impact on fall fundraising auctions, and concluded that the popularly held beliefs are misconceptions (see our blog post on the topic for an in-depth analysis). But there is one area where the fall election cycle is going to impact fall even...

08/10/2016
Tip Your Teacher

Raise more money in your fund-a-need with a bartending competition. Wait, what? Let's leave it to Devon Bell to explain...

For the past several years, I have auctioneered for a school that utilizes a ‘teacher tip contest’ in a way that’s fun, honors the school’s hardworking teachers, and generates good revenue for the fundraiser as well. Here’s how it works: During the reception the teachers take turns as ‘bartenders.’...

08/05/2016
Save the date: two Bay Area fundraising auction workshops in October

Save the date: we're rolling out a new fundraising auction workshop this October in the East Bay and San Francisco.

Stellar Fundraising Auctions, in conjunction with Beth Sandefur Events, Greater Giving and Lux Productions is producing back-to-back fundraising auction workshops in the East Bay and San Francisco this October. Raise More, Right Now: Advanced Fundraising Auction Strategies is an in-depth fundraising...

08/02/2016
How will the election impact your fundraising auction?

Will the Presidential election impact fall fundraising events? Our latest blog post dives deep into the data to discover the answers.

Arguably, 2016 is the most contentious presidential election in my lifetime. The emotional impact is extremely high, and very few people in my network are unaffected by it. Charitable giving infographic created by Beth Sandefur. The majority of the spring fundraising season was complete before eithe...

Celebrating two years of Stellar Fundraising Auctions with the whole team in Sonoma square!
08/01/2016

Celebrating two years of Stellar Fundraising Auctions with the whole team in Sonoma square!

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🎪 Simply Circtacular! 🎪 We asked you to join us under the virtual big top to Jump Up for Education and you did! You amazed us with your generosity and kindness. You helped rewrite the stars for more than 1,400 students of Immokalee. Thank you! This is... determination This is... hope This is... possibility This is... Guadalupe Center @prioritymarketing @lsablan Stellar Fundraising Auctions
We can't wait! Just ONE hour until Sip & Bid, Youth in Arts' virtual wine auction to benefit children's art programs. Come see fabulous auctioneer Ed Gold from Stellar Fundraising Auctions. He'll be auctioning off great wines and other items and experiences, including a donation from Wise Sons Bagelry (can we say yum?) and a plein air class with a Youth in Arts instructor. Here's the link, and don't forget to come a few minutes early to sign up so you're ready to bid when the fun begins. https://youthinarts.tofinoauctions.com/virtualwineauction/