3 Things I Learned Leading A Fundraising Auction

 This mad scientist was clearly delirious by the time the event rolled around!

This mad scientist was clearly delirious by the time the event rolled around!

In Portland, school auctions are no joke.  They are big productions and raise lots of money (over $100k for many schools) and the schools depend greatly on the dollars raised.  

And.....they are run by volunteer parents.  

Many schools have this dialed in.  My kids’ school was a little, shall we say, not so dialed in.  

Last June in a moment of weakness, I ended up volunteering to help plan the auction that took place a few weeks ago in April.  Little did I know that I would end up being the chair for it (still not sure how that happened).

Let me set the stage:

I had never been to one of our school’s auctions.   
I have no experience running large events.  
But I love working with teams and am badass keeping a meeting tight and effective.  So I thought - what the hell, let’s do this.

Our kickass committee of full time working parents got to work and figured it out as we went.  

 Thankful for this crew to pull off the event!  And glad my hair cooperated to make me look like a mad scientist! (theme was Mad About Science!)

Thankful for this crew to pull off the event!  And glad my hair cooperated to make me look like a mad scientist! (theme was Mad About Science!)

In April we hosted a spectacular evening with fun, games and numerous opportunities for guests to part ways with their money and support our precious kiddos.  It was a great success.

Here are 3 things I learned (In addition to the discovery that I can make my hair stand straight up for 7 hours +):

1. Get your shit together, Portland, and FUND THE DAMN SCHOOLS!  

I won’t even get into this one as my blood pressure will start to rise, but honestly Portland, THE KIDS!!  

2. If you don’t know something, find someone who does.

I leaned on so many others with experience and expertise to get this done.  People were asking me to make decisions regarding things I was clueless about. So I found people I trusted and let them guide me. Don’t be a know it all. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Lean on others who can help and have the knowledge and experience to save you time and money.  

3.  You CAN do things you don’t know how to do - BIG Things

See number 2.  In all honesty, I learned a lot about fundraising, event planning, volunteer committees, and so much more.  There are things that come up all the time in life and business and I think, “I haven’t done that before.” I have resistance and insecurities that come up.  But this was a great reminder that just because I haven't done it doesn’t mean I can’t do it.  Fact is I did it and I would even say I did pretty well.

So go ahead! So go ahead! If you have something you want to do but are holding back because you haven't done it or don't know how, dive in! Start learning new things. Find others who can support you and learn how to do something new.

Anything you’re resistant to starting because you’ve never done it before?  Share in the comments - I'd love to hear about it.