Changing up your Fund-A-Need: Adding in the "Run-Around"

Most Fund-A-Needs (FAN) work the same way. You establish contribution levels with your auctioneer, load them into Handbid and start raising money.

Your auctioneer will start the ask at the highest donation level and go down.  Your staff or volunteers (or Handbid staff, if we are present) will record paddle numbers at each level and enter them into Handbid. 

This is a great way to raise money, but we have a great idea to add to this to make even more money

It is literally called the "Run-Around" because one of your bid spotters will be running around the room trying to give out an award to the last donor.


This is how it works:

  1. Select a prize to go to the last donor.  Often times this prize can be some multiple of the donation amount (e.g. $500 prize if you have people donating $100 each time). Or a prize too valuable for a silent auction, but you held it out of the live auction.
  2. You set a donation amount.  We recommend $100 but you can go slightly higher or lower. What you want to make the level at a point where people will consider giving multiple times. 
  3. The game works by telling your crowd that you want people to donate $100.  The last person to donate will win the prize. They can donate more than once, but EACH donation counts (its, not a bid, it is, in fact, a donation each time they raise their bidder card).

If the prize is attractive enough, you will get people to donate again and again just so they are the last one. This is what makes this game so fun and unique. 

We have seen this tactic in action and it generated 42 $100 donations at a recent event.  The organization was thrilled as it pushed its overall FAN over $10,000. 

If you have any questions about how this works, please reach out to us and we can explain further! 

Good luck!