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Pampered Chef: Fundraiser Silent (Chinese) Auction "Gift"

  1. pchefinski

    pchefinski Advanced Member

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    I need a "donation" for a silent/chinese auction that's going to be held in the first couple weeks of December to benefit my parents (after the accident).. I need help figuring out what would be best as the "donation". Should I make up a themed basket, or a small collection of our most popular products? Should I do a gift certificate instead or as well? I don't know that I want to do JUST a Gift Certificate, as it isn't as pleasing to the eye--people like tangible things to look at in a silent/chinese auction--but I figured I could give a gift certificate (to be redeemed through me) as well as a gift.. That way, I'd get a sale out of the redemption of it, in case someone just wants the certificate to pick out their own products instead of getting what is in the pre-made basket.

    Any ideas? If I donate a basket, I want it to be full of things that everyone can use, so people don't just pass it by thinking "nah, I'll never use that" or "that's the wrong color for my kitchen"--I want to help out my parents as much as possible..

    Also, I'm doing this on a budget. I'm contemplating adding the products for the donation on to a show that I have closing in a couple weeks, (host says she's perfectly fine with it). Will I be able to write them off as a biz expense if I do this? Or do I have to order them as a non-commissionable purchase for that?

    Thanks everyone--I really appreciate it. I really want to do the most I can to help my parents, as I live out of state and am not able to be there to care for my dad now that he's out of the hospital and back home.

    God bless.
    ~ Amanda
     
    Nov 9, 2005
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  2. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

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    I donate baskets of products for silent auctions a couple times a year and I pretty much include whatever I happen to have extra on hand. Sometimes it's a chopper with a bunch of other stuff, sometimes a couple of stoneware pieces. I think you're right....having something tangible may do better, but then again some people may like the gift certificate option. I think the baskets look cool too. Every time I do one, I always include a certificate for a free kitchen show too. I have yet to have someone take me up on it, but it's always a possibility. Oh and put a couple catalogs in there too with your business cards.

    I hope it's a successful event for your parents!!!
     
  3. fruit76loop

    fruit76loop Veteran Member Gold Member

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    You will be able to write off the cost of the products you buy on your taxes. So if the host gets 25% off, you will be able to write off 75% as a charitable donation. Make sure you have a receipt for your records!

    I love to do baskets! People love the eye-appeal! I always donate a couple a year to different silent auctions. I would include PC staples...such as the food chopper, bar board, small stone, pantry items, scrapers, whisks...depending on what you can budget!

    Good luck!
     
    Nov 10, 2005
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  4. pchefinski

    pchefinski Advanced Member

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    Marlene, I don't understand this--

    "So if the host gets 25% off, you will be able to write off 75% as a charitable donation."

    Thanks to everyone for their ideas.. I really appreciate all the help. I'll let you know what I choose and how the dinner/auction goes.

    -God bless
     
    Nov 10, 2005
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