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CREATE YOUR SILENT AUCTION ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN AND START RAISING MORE!

Create Your
Silent Auction
Website
For Free

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Create Your Silent Auction
Website For Free

START NOW

An online silent auction is one of the best ways to raise funds for your charity, non-profit organization, school or club. Perfect for fundraising campaigns of all sizes, GalaBid’s silent auction platform is easy to set-up and simple to use.

To create a successful silent auction, collect some prizes (you can have as many or as few prizes as you like). Then simply add your prizes to the silent auction platform, and you’re ready to go!

Our interactive silent auction platform makes bidding fun and easy for your supporters. Accessible via any mobile device, GalaBid’s silent auction software will help raise more for your cause.

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GalaBid's platform is designed to make your online silent auction fundraising a success
  • Easy to start. Launch your fundraising campaign in minutes.
  • Dedicated silent auction website with online link for sharing.
  • Use any mobile or desktop device to access your silent auction.
  • Offer early auction access and pre-event bidding.
  • Online catalogues bring auction items to life.
  • Speedy and secure payment processing.
  • Your silent auction fundraising campaign can be run entirely online.
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How Does an Online Silent Auction Work?

Auction participants make bids for prizes in your online silent auction platform. The auction runs for a specified amount of time. At the end of the auction the highest bidder for each prize wins!

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Mobile Bidding

Taking your silent auction event online means everyone can participate in your silent auction 24/7. From event attendees to supporters around the world, online access extends the reach of your fundraiser.

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Branded Silent Auction Catalogue

Customize your virtual catalogue with your own items or add from a range of items of consignment GalaBid offers, and see your silent auction creation come to life with the live preview panel.

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Mobile Alerts

Real-time mobile alerts make sure silent auction bidders stay in the loop. Automated notifications tell bidders when they’ve been outbid, or when an auction ends.

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Instant Payment

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.

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Leaderboard Displays

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.

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Mobile Invoices

Mobile invoices are generated the moment the auction closes. Sent via SMS, winning bidders receive immediate confirmation of their success plus a payment link.

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Secure Payment

Our secure payment gateway offers
confidence and peace of mind. It's easy to set up and easier to give. Supporters can donate or buy via mobile or desktop device.

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Custom Design

Make your digital silent auction platform as unique as your event. Design flexibility means you can customise the online auction to showcase your prizes and your cause.

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Frequent Asked Questions About Silent Auction

How do I find a silent auction?

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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.

How much does it cost to run an auction through GalaBid?

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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. Please note, we integrate with Stripe only as a payment gateway provider. You will need a Stripe account set up to use this option.

How many items can I add to my silent auction?

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To keep the fundraising platform loading as quickly as possible we recommend a max of 300 items with up to 10 images each, or 1000 with no images.

Can I also have raffle and donation items with my silent auction?

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Yes, you can combine raffle, silent auction and donation item types within one campaign.

What is the difference between a Live and Silent auction?

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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.

What if the winner doesn't pay for their item?

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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.

Can I re-order my items?

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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.

How can I edit my items once my campaign is live?

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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.

Can items have multiple winners?

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Yes, you can have up to 10 items per lot, this means that the 10 highest bidders will each win one item.

Can I close bidding at different times on different items?

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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.

Can I add reserves to my items?

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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.

Is there a max-bid or proxy bid feature?

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Not yet. We are adding this feature in the future, however, our clients tend to raise more without it.

Can I enabled overtime or extended bidding on my silent auction?

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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.

Can I set my auction to close at a certain time?

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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.

Are participants required to enter their credit card details before bidding?

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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.

How long can I run my silent auction?

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GalaBid recommends 10 - 14 days for the best auction results.

Do bidders receive an outbid message?

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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.

Who ships the prizes to the winners?

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This is the responsibility of the campaign organiser.

Can I add shipping to my items?

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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.

How do I keep track of who has received their prize?

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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.

Can I add No Risk Prizes/ Consignment to my campaign?

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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.

Why GalaBid?

With over a decade’s experience, we know fundraising. The GalaBid fundraising platform has helped thousands of organisations around the world raise more. Our online fundraising technology is specifically designed for fundraisers and is packed with features that maximise results.

GalaBid is Free to use for Organizers

We are funded through the generosity of winning donors or winning bidders that choose to give GalaBid a tip. This enables us to continue to enhance the GalaBid platform. If you would like to contribute to GalaBid, then you can also do here.

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Pre-event Bidding

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.

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Branded Auction
Catalogue

Customise your virtual catalogue with your artwork, colour scheme, logos and sponsors and see your creation come to life with the live preview pane.

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Instant Payment

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.

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Mobile Invoices

Mobile invoices are generated the moment the auction closes. Sent via SMS, winning bidders receive immediate confirmation of their success plus a payment link.

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Onsite Support

Onsite technical support is available to make your auction run smoothly and without stress.

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Mobile Bidding

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.

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Mobile Alerts

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.

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Leaderboard
Displays

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.

secure online fundraising system

Secure Payment

Our secure payment gateway offers confidence and peace of mind.

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Custom Design

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.

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