An online silent auction is where people bid money for prizes using their mobile or desktop device. It is different to a live auction where the bidding takes place in a venue and people raise their hands or ‘paddle’ to make a bid.
Silent auction participants make bids for prizes during the allotted bidding period (the bidding period can be fixed to suit your timeframes, but a silent auction usually runs for a few weeks).
Bidders can be outbid during the bidding period. At the end of the auction the highest bidder for each prize wins!
An online silent auction fundraising campaign is easier than running a live event. There’s no need to find a venue, entertainment, catering and security. You can set-up your online fundraising campaign in minutes.
All you need to do is source some amazing prizes, then everything is organized via your mobile or desktop. This means you can run the entire silent auction campaign from home!
Your fundraiser will look professional and on brand. The GalaBid silent auction software includes easy to use custom design features, enabling you to create a dedicated fundraising campaign website, exclusively for your cause. Each silent auction website will have it’s own link and QR code making it easy to share with supporters by email, social media and in person.
If you have a mobile or desktop device, you can run a successful online silent auction. You don’t need to be a professional fundraiser or have any previous fundraising experience.
And you don’t need lots of spare time to run a successful silent auction fundraising campaign. GalaBid has been helping large and small fundraisers for over 10 years. This means we know the online silent auction features and support you need. Our platform is easy to use and fast to set-up. You can launch your silent auction in minutes.
Whether you represent a national charity or you are an individual looking to fundraise for any cause, GalaBid’s silent auction solution has everything you need to help you reach your fundraising targets.
An online silent auction campaign means everyone can participate in your fundraiser. Supporters can bid from any mobile or desktop device, from home, at a fundraising event, or from anywhere in the world. Online access extends the reach of your silent auction fundraising campaign and the time supporters have to bid, a winning combination to help you raise more.
Customize your virtual catalog with your own items or add from a range of items from the GalaBid consignment collection. See your online silent auction come to life with the live preview panel.
Real-time mobile alerts make sure silent auction bidders stay in the loop. Automated notifications tell bidders when they’ve been outbid, or when a silent auction is about to start or end.
Make checkout simple with our instant payment system, powered by Stripe.
Winning bidders can pay securely and download their invoice, as soon as the auction closes. Advanced silent auction settings include credit card pre-authorization.
Create a customized scrolling silent auction leaderboard showcasing each prize item and bid activity. The leaderboard shows successful bidders' names and their current bid. The highest current bid will be leading the pack at the top of the board. Fire-up the excitement with a countdown timer and donation visualizer to track progress towards your silent auction fundraising target.
Mobile invoices are generated the moment the auction closes. Sent via text or email, winning bidders receive immediate confirmation of their silent auction success, plus a payment link.
Our secure payment gateway, powered by Stripe, offers confidence and peace of mind. It's easy to set-up and easier to give. Supporters make payments with a credit or debit card or via Apple or Google Pay.
Design flexibility means you can customise the online silent auction, including home pages, info pages, videos, images and logos to showcase your prizes, your cause and your sponsors.
Silent auctions hosted on GalaBid are private and require a specific campaign link for participation. Typically, the link is provided in an invitation which may be sent by email, flier, or posted on a website or social networking site. If you know someone who is hosting or participating in an auction on GalaBid, contact them to request the auction link.
Our free fundraising software means more funds go directly to your cause. There are no minimum amounts to be raised. Training and support are provided via help videos in the system - it's very easy to set-up and run.
How does it work?
Winning bidders and people who donate/buy raffle tickets can make voluntary contributions towards the GalaBid platform's upkeep when they make their purchase/donation. That's how we can cover our costs and continue to support amazing causes, just like yours.
To keep the fundraising platform loading as quickly as possible we recommend a max of 200 items with up to 10 images each, or 500 with no images.
Yes, you can combine raffle, silent auction and donation item types within one campaign.
A live auction requires an auctioneer and is run in-person in a venue. Bidders raise their hand or paddle when they agree to the bid amount. A silent auction is run on paper or online where bidders enter their bid amount and do so each time they are outbid.
All underbidders are tracked and recorded in the platform, we suggest contacting an underbidder to offer them the prize. You can easily add it to the underbidder's invoice by deleting the retracted highest bid. It will then automatically go to the next underbidder for the amount they bid.
You can easily drag and drop your items once they are added at any stage of your campaign set-up including once you are live and are taking bids.
You can edit your items in the Item section at any stage during the set-up and also once your campaign is live and there are bids on the item.
Yes, you can have up to 10 items per lot, this means that the 10 highest bidders will each win one item.
This is not a feature yet, however, you are able to lock items individually to stop bidding on them at anytime and keep the current bidder as the highest bidder for when the auction closes.
Yes, in the advanced options section when editing the item you can enable a reserve and enter the amount you wish, once a bid is place on that item it will say 'Below Reserve' until the reserve amount is met. You can edit the reserve amount at any time.
Not yet. We are adding this feature in the future, however, our clients tend to raise more without it.
Yes, you can set the overtime to any time you wish, if you set it to 3 minutes then the whole campaign will stay open an additional 3 minutes.
Yes, you are able to schedule your auction to close. This will activate a countdown timer on the campaign for your participants to view also. Note, the auction must me opened manually still.
This feature is optional, we call it Pre-authorisation and can be turned on in the Payment section once your Stripe account is connected. Participants will be asked to enter their credit card information as part of the registration process, however, they will not be automatically charged at the end of the auction. They will be sent a payment link from the platform which they can select their registered card to pay. Alternatively, admins have the ability to charge participants' registered cards from the admin dashboard if they wish.
GalaBid recommends 10 - 14 days for the best auction results.
Yes, each time the highest current bidder is outbid they are sent an outbid notification with a link back to the item so that they can bid again.
This is the responsibility of the campaign organiser.
Not yet, this feature will be added to the GalaBid platform in 2022. We recommend charging your participants outside of the platform for shipping until then.
In the GalaBid dashboard we have a Checkout Console section where you can mark of items as dispatched from each participants invoice, just select the truck symbol to mark them off. This will then be visible in the reporting section also.
Yes, once your campaign is created you can view and add from our catalogue in Items > No Risk Prizes. If these items do not sell you do not pay for them,. If they do every amount over the cost price goes to you.
With over a decade’s experience, we know fundraising. The GalaBid fundraising platform has helped tens of thousands of events and organisations around the world raise more. Our online fundraising technology is specifically designed for fundraisers and is packed with features that maximise results online and at events.
We are funded through the generosity of donors and winning bidders that make a voluntary contribution towards our costs. This enables us to continue to enhance the GalaBid platform. If you would like to contribute to GalaBid, you can do so here. Your support is much appreciated.SUPPORT GALABID
Build early momentum with our pre-event bidding option. Launch your online auction days, weeks, or even months before the live event to get the bids rolling in.
Customise your virtual catalogue with your artwork, colour scheme, logos and sponsors and see your creation come to life with the live preview pane.
Make purchasing simple with our instant payment system. Winning bidders can pay and checkout directly from their mobile device as soon as the auction closes.
Mobile invoices are generated the moment the auction closes. Sent via SMS, winning bidders receive immediate confirmation of their success plus a payment link.
Onsite technical support is available to make your auction run smoothly and without stress.
Taking your event online means everyone can participate in your silent auction or raffle. From event attendees to supporters around the world, online access extends the reach of your fundraiser.
Real-time mobile alerts make sure auction bidders stay in the loop. Automated notifications tell bidders when they’ve been outbid, or when an auction ends.
Create a customised scrolling leaderboard showcasing each auction item and bid activity. Rev up the excitement with a countdown timer and donation visualiser to track progress towards your target.
Our secure payment gateway offers confidence and peace of mind.
Make your digital auction platform as unique as your event. Design flexibility means you can customise the online auction to showcase your prizes and your cause.