Do I Really Need a Formal Fundraiser?
Let’s be honest, formal fundraising events can be a lot. Like, a LOT a lot. You've got people dressed to the nines, sporting tuxedos and ball gowns that cost more than a small country's GDP. And I mean, who needs edible food when you've got a silent auction table with diamond-encrusted dog leashes and gold-plated staplers up for grabs?
And let's not forget about the entertainment. Between the acrobats, fire breathers, contortionists, and fast-talking benefit auctioneer in the sparkly jacket, it’s all you can do to keep your champagne glass from spilling while the guy next to you balances a plate of heavy hors d'oeuvres on his nose.
But amidst the glitz and glam and goofiness, it’s all about the mission, that worthy cause that brings everyone together. After all, just one magical night can fuel a whole year of impact. So yeah, maybe it is worth squeezing yourself into that dress, breaking out the heels, and diving headfirst into the world of formal fundraising.
Why Derik Timmerman?
- Top Rated: Nationally-recognized charity benefit auctioneer and planner
- For-Profit Background: 6+ years as a global McKinsey & Company consultant and facilitator to top executives of Fortune 500 companies
- Nonprofit Expertise: 20+ years working on staffs and boards of nonprofits of all sizes and causes
- Experienced Speaker: Spoken to 500,000 people in keynotes, conferences, seminars, and workshops in 12 countries
- First-Hand Fundraising: Certified fund raising executive (CFRE) and experienced leader raising $12m+
- Weekly Event Coaching: Invests in your event with weekly touchpoints that keep up the positive momentum
- People-First Approach: Puts the WHO/WHY before the HOW, encouraging you, celebrating you, and building up your event team
According to research by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, 75% of a charity benefit's attendees continue to contribute meaningfully to the nonprofit organization in subsequent years.
The ethos of Sparrow's rare approach to signature annual event fundraising is creating an experience that takes guests on a journey of life-changing impact. The only thing more fun than getting dressed up and enjoying exquisite decor, cuisine, beverages, and wonderful company is activating the generosity of community leaders to change lives.
How to achieve that? Creativity, discipline, and time. Ideally starting 4+ months in advance, we bring our experience from years of events to assist with everything from guest outreach to corporate sponsorships to silent auction items. We want this to be your best event fundraising ever.
On event night, you'll see the Sparrow difference in Derik's one-of-a-kind approach to benefit auctioneering. We believe in fun with meaning. No gimmicks, no selling, just truth on fire: moving hearts to embrace your mission with the same depth and passion you bring to work every single day.
How Do We Maximize Fundraising Results?
Analytics. Attendance and giving data tell a story that we've learned to translate in to simple action items that generate better results every year. Sequence of auction items, seating positions of major donors, we don't miss a single detail.
Guest experience. It should be frictionless for your guests to give generously on the big night. We sweat the details to deliver an experience that aligns with preferences of all ages and demographics. From check-in to bid recording to check-out, the experience will feel first-class to your guests.
Delight and impact. It's the charity benefit auctioneer's #1 responsibility to connect the joy of giving to the life-changing work of the nonprofit. Our team overprepares the auctioneer segment of the evening to take guests on a journey full of unexpected surprises, hidden delights, and fresh awakening to how much you get when you give.
Research shows that 88% of event organizers believe that choosing the right auctioneer is the most critical factor in determining the success of a charity benefit auction.
The best charity benefit events feature an integrated set of fundraising streams that feel crazy fun to guests and maximize funding for the cause.