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Auction Fundraising Ideas

Creative auction fundraising ideas for exciting and profitable fundraising events.

Auction fundraising ideas



Auction fundraisers are fun, exciting and can raise significant funds for your nonprofit organization.



Auctions and silent auctions are not simple or easy fundraising ideas however. They need to be well organized and heavily promoted in order to be a success.


But... the time spent will be well worth it, both for the enjoyment factor of your attendees and donors, as well as for the financial rewards for your school, church, or charity.








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Successful Auction Fundraising Ideas

A Baby Shower Fundraising Auction

This auction fundraiser is a huge money-maker, mostly because raising babies is so expensive. Manufacturers of diapers, baby formulas, baby foods and baby products are happy to make generous donations because they know that parents will continue to buy their products for a long time.

Soon-to-be-parents, grandparents and family friends are also happy to take out their checkbooks and credit cards to bid on the baby shower items as they know these are purchases they will be making in any case. It really is a win-win situation.

These are some of the baby shower auction items that are sure to attract high bids and help make your fundraiser a great success.

  • Baby room furniture
  • Baby carriers
  • Baby car seats
  • Baby strollers and prams
  • High chairs
  • Baby monitors
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food
  • Baby bedding
  • Baby clothing
  • Teething rings

Of course items like baby toys, books and music for babies will do well too and round out your item offerings at your baby shower auction or silent auction charity event.


Fundraising Auction for Cat Lovers

People who love cats spend money on their pets. Some people even spend more money on their pets than they do on themselves. This cat fundraising auction is sure to draw a large crowd of feline enthusiasts.

  • Cat food and cat treats
  • Cat furniture and cat trees
  • Catnip
  • Cat toys
  • Airline travel and car carriers for cats
  • Books about cats
  • Pet store gift certificates
  • Medical health insurance for cats
  • Veterinarian gift certificates

The above items are all for kittens and cats... but cat owners deserve goodies too. Cute gifts with pictures of kitties on them make wonderful additions to your list of items cat lovers can bid on at your charity fundraiser.


Fundraising Auction for Dog Lovers

Dog lovers, like cat lovers, also spend a fortune on their pets. Some dog owners treat their doggies as their canine kids and are always looking for new toys and even pet clothing to buy for man's (and woman's) best friend.

Many of the above items for cats work well for dogs too. Some additional items that are popular include:

  • A stay at a dog-friendly hotel or resort
  • Bones for dogs and chew toys
  • Fancy dog collars, tags and leashes
  • Dog beds and blankets
  • Gourmet dog food and organic dog treats
  • Flea and tick collars and treatments

A fundraising auction for dog enthusiasts is not only fun, but very profitable too.


Cruise Ship Fundraising Auction Ideas

People dream about taking a cruise to exotic locations, and cruise ship travel agencies love giving away cruises as donations or at heavily discounted prices.

They do this because they love the free publicity. They also know that vacationers spend money on-board their cruises. From the alcohol to the spa treatments to the offshore excursions, there are ample profits to be made from donating to your cause.

The more that you promote your auction fundraiser, the greater the number of cruises you'll be able to solicit as donations.

Other items that will get high bids at this auction include:

  • Luggage sets
  • Airline tickets
  • Clothing certificates
  • Car rental vouchers
  • Gift certificates for house sitting and pet sitting
  • Hotel nights at the port of departure
  • Travel insurance policies


Themed Silent Auction and
Auction Fundraising Ideas

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn or Fall
  • Winter
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentine's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Any other popular sport in your community
  • 80's
  • 60's
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Disco
  • Reggae

Browse through the unique fundraising ideas on this website as many of the ideas work equally well for silent auctions and auction fundraising ideas too.


Great Resources for Auction Fundraising Ideas:

Silent Auction Fundraising Ideas and Item Ideas

Hold a Heads or Tails Raffle During Your Auction

More Fundraising Event Ideas

Complete List of Fundraising Ideas

School Fundraiser Ideas

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