Benefit Auctioneer Tom DiNardo (Right of Jay Leno) prepares with his staff of benefit auctioneers for “March Madness” – 2012 Benefit Auction Season.
Have you ever wondered what “March Madness” really means? The month of March is perhaps one of the busiest months during the year for nonprofits and charities in terms of their fundraising efforts. More benefit auctions are held during March than any month during the year. This trend truly appears to lack explanation except for perhaps United Way fundraising rules and blackout dates.
What does the month of March mean for benefit auctioneers? This is a month of virtual insanity, sleep deprivation and excessive travel all for a good causes – the charities and nonprofits we work for. This month alone DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers – Charity Auctions had traveled to multiple states and crossed the continent more than a few times. Mount Vernon, WA; Denver, CO; Sarasota, FL; and Palm Springs, CA were just a few of the cities we visited.
If your nonprofit or charity is seeking one of “The nation’s top 4 ranked charity auction firms”, then give us a call. We help you to create record setting benefit auctions.
Charity Wine Auctioneer, Sommelier and Master Appraiser Tom DiNardo launches WineryandWineAppraisals.com
This month sommelier and wine appraiser Tom DiNardo is scheduled to launch a new company and web site WineryandWineAppraisals.com
The web site is designed to provide a wealth of information to people seeking qualified wine appraisers to perform certified wine appraisals and spirits appraisals. Sommelier Tom DiNardo and his company also appraises winery, distillery and brewery equipment. Other company services include performing Cause and Origin Investigations & Reports, Scope of Damage Evaluations, sommelier, and Expert Witness Services. WineryandWineAppraisals.com also appraises household goods, contemporary assets, business assets, and other machinery and equipment.
Company founder, Tom DiNardo holds many appraisal designations including the Federal USPAP designation. His experience working in previously in the wine industry and currently in the charity wine auction world provides his clients with a solid wine appraiser background including his sommelier diploma awarded from the International Sommeliers Guild in 2007.
Fundraising auctions are still the best form of fundraising today.
Empirical data gathered from surveys conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Auctioneers Association have conclusively proven that two-thirds of an special event fundraiser’s gross income is derived from the Fundraising Auction and Fund-A-Need Program or Special Appeal or Cash Call as it is also known. The other one-third of the fund-raiser’s income is the combined totals of the following: (1) tickets sales to the event, (2) sponsorship dollars, (3) silent auction revenue, (4) raffle revenue, and (5) any and all other revenue generating devices employed by the nonprofit or charity.
In other words, fundraising auctions are still the best form of fundraising employed by charities and nonprofits today. The investment a charity makes in hiring a professional fundraising auctioneer will yield exponential dividends for the nonprofit in return.
On October 18, 2011 DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers – Charity Auctions was recognized in The New York Times – Business Day, Special Section: Wealth. Read this article “For Charity, Bidding for Access to Stars – Even a Hug” by Fran Hawthorne.
Sommelier and Charity Wine Auctioneer Tom DiNardo (center) with officials of the Commanderie de Bordeaux.
On October 7, 2010 Charity Wine Auctioneer and Sommelier Tom DiNardo was inducted as a Founding Commandeur into the newly formed, thirtieth chapter, in Seattle of the Commanderie de Bordeaux.