Bite-Sized Case Study: On The Trail Of A Unique Fundraiser

The Cause: 

Dartmoor National Park is one of Great Britain's most famous parks. Covering 386 square miles, Dartmoor is home to beautiful moorland, imposing granite peaks and winding riverbanks. An important conservation site, Dartmoor supports environmental and wildlife initiatives to protect the park's heritage and promote education and community connection.

The Event

The Moor Otters Trail is a unique fundraiser and community art initiative consisting of 100 otters beautifully decorated by a range of artists from around the UK. The otters can be found in locations around the Dartmoor area until September 15th 2017

The Fundraiser

Bidders can claim their favourite otters via the online silent auction. The online auction will conclude with a live auction for selected 'Golden Otters' at the end of September. The auction has been incredibly popular; within weeks of its launch it had fielded over 650 bids!

Interesting Prizes

The first otter on the trail was commissioned by Prince Charles and sculpted by renowned artist, Marcus Cornish. The delightful artwork was gifted to the auction to raise money for the Park.

Self Or GalaBid Managed?

Moor Otters opted for a self-managed auction. They loved the ease of the platform, the outbid texts and easy registration.

Things We Loved

  1. The unique fundraiser and auction that makes the perfect connection between the Park and the prizes.
  2. Genuinely stunning artworks that are highly sought after as beautiful pieces to treasure.
  3. Community engagement with the cause and the fundraiser via the Moor Otters Trail.


  1. A unique fundraiser with quality items will really set your auction apart.
  2. Think about making a strong connection between your cause and the auction items.

What They Said

GalaBid have made showcasing our beautiful otters a breeze. We love the ease of the CMS and the fact bidders get immediate notification if they are outbid. Working with GalaBid has been a wholly positive experience and we wouldn't hesitate to use them again for future fundraisers.” Dave Southern, Event Organiser





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