[Foundation-l] Auction (Was: alternatives)

Daniel Mayer maveric149 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 8 14:41:30 UTC 2007

--- effe iets anders <effeietsanders at gmail.com> wrote:
> What about an auction. I dont know whether there is interesting stuff enough
> to collect, and I dont expect thousends of dollars out of it, but wouldn't
> it be fun for the community to have something like an auction? People can
> give stuff that could be "cool to have" for the auction, to the foundation,
> and the person that bids the highest amount of money, can get the thing. For
> instance, I would be thinking of a postcard witht he signatures of all
> boardmembers, a used cigarette of oscar (no, not really, please come up with
> something more fun! :P ) or maybe even approach famous people to donate
> something that belongs to them for this cause. The stuff can varie to
> everything, but should be intensively prepared probably.
> Would this be fun for the community? Would it be creating some money to the
> foundation, would it be worth while? Are there maybe more ideas in this
> trend, that together get a meaningfull amount of money together?
> I understand of course it wont be possible anymore for this very
> fundraising, but I think it would be an idea for the next one. I'm not sure
> whether the foundation should "lower" itself to this level, or maybe it
> explicitely *should*. Please shoot! :)

The fundcom has seriously considered both online and live auctions. Nothing concrete has been
planned or decided yet, but I don’t see any reason why we would not want to add that to our
fundraising mix. eBay, citing one popular example but in no way committing us to using them, even
has a special auctioning method designed specifically for non-profits. 

-- mav

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