NNPDF Online Auction
|Update - We are currently working to wrap up the online auction, including finalizing charges to buyers' credit cards and conveying shipping details to item donors. If you donated an item or purchased items on the auction, we Thank You most sincerely for your support! We will be in touch in the near future, and in the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at the NNPDF Central Office. Thank You!|
|Click here to see all the other activities held around the country for October Awareness Month!|
As you know, the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation raises funds for research and provides valued support services for families affected by Niemann-Pick Disease. We are immensely grateful to the many families who sponsor and coordinate fundraisers year after year to benefit the NNPDF and advance the foundation’s important work.
On the other hand, we understand that for some families, the work and time involved in coordinating a fundraiser may seem overwhelming, especially at a time when they are caring for a child with NPD. We know these families still want to support the work of the foundation, and we believe we have landed on a fantastic way all our families can participate in raising money for research and Family Support Services during October, National Niemann-Pick Disease Awareness Month..
Online auctions are growing in popularity and are proving an exciting and effective way for charities to raise much-needed funds. We conducted a small online auction last year as a “test balloon,” and now the foundation has launched the 2010 NNPDF October Awareness Month Nationwide Online Auction.
To make this auction a success, we need your help!
There are three main ways to help:
- Donate/collect items to auction (More details about what to donate, below)
- Bid on items (Get goodies you like, and donate to your favorite cause at the same time!)
- Spread the word to all your family and friends, so they can bid, too!
The auction is now open, but we are still able to add items to the auction list.
Please think about what you and your family might donate to the auction. Popular auction items include handmade crafts and gifts, gift cards to nationwide retailers or service providers (restaurants, department stores, home improvement stores, hotels, bookstores, carpet cleaning, etc.), sports memorabilia, collectors’ items, vacation packages, tickets to sporting or theater events, jewelry, artwork, tools, etc.
(Please, no glass or fragile items that may be damaged in shipping, no alcohol or firearms, and nothing that cannot be shipped or for which shipping costs would be prohibitive.) (Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the buyer, unless the item's donor elects to donate shipping costs, as well.)
Auction to Feature State-Themed Baskets
One special feature of the NNPDF auction are several state-themed “baskets,” or “collections,” with items unique to a state or region. Examples might be non-perishable food items representative of a state or region, regional-flavor clothing or jewelry, professional or college sports memorabilia or tickets, souvenir/collectors’ items, etc.
NNPDF families are being asked to gather donations for these baskets, and for individual auction items. Items may be donated by the individual/family, or donations may be solicited from area businesses. Donations may be designated as "in honor of" or "in memory of" someone.
How to donate
Please do not send auction items to the NNPDF; items will be shipped directly from the donor to the winning bidder at the close of the auction, with the buyer responsible for the cost of shipping. (Donors may choose to cover the cost of shipping, particularly for small or lightweight items which cost little to ship.)
We do ask that you let us know as soon as possible what item(s) you are planning to donate, with a complete description of the item (colors, dimensions, retail value, condition, etc.) and a photo (jpg preferred) so we can add the item(s) to our auction page.
Please send item descriptions and photos to NNPDF Board Member and Development Committee Co-Chair Ryan Kelly. Please complete this Donation Form (See Donation Form for Ryan's contact information.)
Help Spread the Word!
We are asking all our NNPDF member families to “broadcast” the link to all their families, friends, and contacts, asking them to take a look at the auction and to bid on items to benefit the NNPDF. Click here to visit the auction site.
The auction will remain open until October 31st, when the highest bidder for each item will make payment for their purchases, and their items will be shipped to them by the item's donor. (Buyers will be responsible for the cost of shipping. Payment for items will be handled online through Bidding for Good and the NNPDF.)
Catch Auction Fever!
Not only are online auctions a wonderful way to raise money for essential research and important family support services, they are great fun to participate in!
It’s a win-win-win situation – the winning bidder gets a great deal on something they like with the added satisfaction of knowing their money is supporting a favorite cause, the donor has a great feeling knowing their gift will go far to help families affected by NPD, and the NNPDF is able to use the proceeds to diligently advance the Quest for a Cure!
For examples of current auctions raising money for various causes, and to gather more ideas for items to donate, visit our auction host, Bidding for Good, at www.biddingforgood.com. Online auctions through Bidding for Good have raised over $95 million for charitable causes, with over 110,000 active bidders registered!
For more info
Please contact the NNPDF if you have any questions or need further information about how to donate items or how to bid. We can assist you in developing a letter or flyer to solicit donations from businesses in your area, and we can supply supporting documentation (brochures, newsletters, proof of tax-exempt status, etc.) for potential donors such as sports teams, retailers, restaurants, etc. Or you can customize this letter to use as you solicit donations from community businesses, organizations and individuals.
Thank you in advance for your support of the 2010 NNPDF October Awareness Month Nationwide Online Auction! With your participation, this fundraiser has the potential to raise thousands of dollars for Niemann-Pick Disease research and family support services.
Bid high, bid often!
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