RallyUp auctions are straightforward yet exciting ways to raise funds by attracting bidders who will compete to purchase your items. We offer several options to ensure your auction experience is convenient and suited to your organization’s unique needs.
What types of auctions do you offer?
We have 2 types to choose from; an English auction and a proxy auction. Find out more about the differences between these two styles below:
How do people bid?
People can come to your auction page and make a bid on as many items as they like. When placing the bid, the bidder will be asked to enter their credit card information and create a RallyUp account. This information is collected to make it easier for bidders to edit their bid in case they are outbid — when credit card information is collected upfront, only the winning bids will be charged at the end of the auction. This will save you time once the auction is closed, as you won’t have to chase down payments from the auction winners. It also makes it easier for bidders if they are outbid on an item, as they do not have to reenter their credit card information.
Please note that people creating accounts on our platform are never solicited or spammed with emails. We don’t sell their information to any 3rd parties. People will only receive emails associated with the campaign they are participating in.
How are donors notified if they’re outbid?
Donors automatically receive an email when they are outbid on an item. When placing the initial bid, donors can choose to be notified by text message as well. This option is selected in the checkout process. In both the email and text, donors will receive a link that they can click to easily edit their bid. Again, we never use donors’ information to send them any solicitation emails or texts. They will only receive information on the campaign that they donated to.
Let’s say you choose to have our system notify the auction winners at the end of the campaign. In that case, any winner who has opted for text notifications will receive a text notification as well as the automatic email winner notification.
How many items can I add?
You can add as many items as you like on your auction; there is no limit. If you have a large number of prizes, consider putting them into categories so people can search for prizes to bid on by the category they are interested in.
You can also create a link for each auction item as a way to promote your auction to a specific audience. Find out more below:
How much does it cost?
Here is a link to the auction page to give you more information on pricing. Only the winning bids are charged fees. Our percent pricing is the only option available on auction campaigns.There is a 4.9% RallyUp fee, plus the credit card processing fee charged by Stripe.
Is the winner’s receipt tax deductible?
Once the auction is completed, credit cards of the donors with winning bids are charged. They will also receive a receipt at this time. If you have entered the fair market value of the auction item, then the receipt will act as a tax receipt.
Can I see a sample auction?
Take a glimpse at what a RallyUp auction looks like below:
Are prizes provided by RallyUp?
If you don’t want to provide your own prizes, you can check with our partner, Winspire, to use one of the prizes that they offer. Find out more about using their convenient prize options below:
How to promote your campaign
To begin making progress towards your fundraising goals, begin spreading the word about your raffle to as many people as possible. Sharing your fundraiser with the greatest number of potential donors increases exposure and may make others more likely to share your cause with people in their network, too. You can share the link to your fundraiser on social media or send an email to your donors, family, and friends to get the word out.
Additionally, our free text-to-give tool helps to generate donations at live events. With this option, you’ll use a unique keyword and number, which will allow people to text and receive a link to the campaign on their phone. They can then make a donation at their convenience on their mobile device. Read this article for more ideas on how to use this convenient feature:
If you want to do your drawing live, consider live-streaming it so that anyone who can’t attend can still participate. Viewers will be able to watch the winners drawn on your fundraiser page in real time. Find out more below:
Ready to get started?
Click here to create an account and get started. There is no charge to create an account. And the best part is, we won’t send you any unwanted emails for signing up!
You can create some test campaigns to get a feel for the ease of setup. Preview your campaign anytime by clicking the ‘Preview’ button at the bottom of any page in the campaign setup.
Got questions along the way?
We’re here to help! Our team is available via chat on our website during normal business hours. Just hit the orange message button in the bottom right of your screen. You can also search our knowledge base for answers.