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GiveSmart

GiveSmart is a cloud-based auctioning and event application that is specifically designed for charities. Advanced algorithms help GiveSmart optimize event processes, increase revenue and help bidders save money. Various types of o...Read more about GiveSmart

Live Auction Software

Live Auction Software is a cloud-based solution designed to help auctioneers manage online bids, stream live auction videos, maintain customer records and process payments. Features include push notifications, bidder management, c...Read more about Live Auction Software

5.00 (1 reviews)

ZGIVE

ZGIVE is an easy-to-use auction platform helping nonprofits simplify auctions. Our best-in-class platform offers an engaging experience for you and for your donors. Subscription-free plan is available. Auction Platform Features:...Read more about ZGIVE

4.86 (14 reviews)

OneCause

OneCause offers fundraising software for nonprofits of any size. It supports activities such as donor management, online fundraising, ticketing and auctions with mobile bidding. The solution gives fundraisers tools for planni...Read more about OneCause

SchoolAuction.net

Schoolauction.net is a cloud-based auction management solution for nonprofits, charities, schools, clubs and congregations. Key features include donor management, event management, item listings, ticket management, online auctions...Read more about SchoolAuction.net

Greater Giving

Greater Giving is a complete suite of nonprofit event auction products and services. It is designed to streamline check-in and check-out processes while improving the overall experience for donors, staff, and volunteers. Greater G...Read more about Greater Giving

4.09 (56 reviews)

BidJs

BidJs is an online bidding software that allows online webcast auctions, asset sales, auctions and timed bidding on a website. Designed for B2B assets, the real-time user experience makes sure auctions are held without any glitche...Read more about BidJs

4.50 (16 reviews)

CausePilot

CausePilot is an auction and fundraising solution that helps organizations collect donations, organize fundraising events and manage online campaigns. The application allows event managers to capture and store volunteer data in a ...Read more about CausePilot

5.00 (1 reviews)

Easy.Auction

Easy.Auction is an auction site builder that allows businesses and charities to create an auction site online. The system supports automatic bidding, anti-sniping and responsive design. Easy.Auction features website management, ...Read more about Easy.Auction

4.44 (62 reviews)

MaestroAuction Online

MaestroAuction Online is the ultimate technology to manage your virtual and online auctions. With MaestroAuction Online, you can run and manage your event directly from your custom auction website to sell tickets, manage guests, a...Read more about MaestroAuction Online

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BetterWorld

BetterWorld is a fundraising software designed to help nonprofit organizations, churches and educational institutions engage donors and collect donations. The platform enables managers to easily create, manage and track the impact...Read more about BetterWorld

4.88 (17 reviews)

AuctionMethod

AuctionMethod is a cloud-based auction management solution with features such as user-configurable auction websites, consignment management, invoice generation and payment processing. The software suits the needs of organizations ...Read more about AuctionMethod

4.92 (26 reviews)

Snowball

Snowball is a fundraising solution designed to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations receive donations via text-to-give, best-in-class auctions, event campaigns, and customizable donation pages. Outbound text messaging and...Read more about Snowball

4.71 (14 reviews)

WeAuction

WeAuction.IO is a SaaS auction solution that helps B2B companies organize real-time auctions. Users can organize a timed, live, or silent auction, and adjust to every condition possible. Select from an ascending, descending, or co...Read more about WeAuction

4.75 (4 reviews)

Team Procure

Team Procure is a procurement and auction solution, which enables businesses to manage orders, electronic auctions, bids, and more. Administrators can gain insights into purchased items based on project, department and category us...Read more about Team Procure

4.67 (3 reviews)

Tip Top Auction

Tip Top Auction is a cloud-based auction solution for small auction businesses. Primary features include donor management, item management, payment processing, print-material generation, online tickets and fundraising. Tip To...Read more about Tip Top Auction

5.00 (6 reviews)

Bidr

Bidr is a cloud-based auction management solution that enables users to manage auctions, auction-based fundraisers and raffles. Key features include a ticketing engine, silent and live auction management, raffle ticket management,...Read more about Bidr

3.85 (13 reviews)

Instant Marketplace

ILance is an auction management solution that enables users to set up online auction platforms that can support bulk uploads and downloads, shipping management, private messaging and more. The solution can be deployed on-premises ...Read more about Instant Marketplace

4.80 (30 reviews)

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Maxanet

Maxanet is a cloud-based auction management solution designed for companies of all sizes. It offers online bidding, inventory management, registration, credit card integration, bulk email and an events calendar. Maxanet offers di...Read more about Maxanet

2.00 (2 reviews)

Charity Auctions Today

Charity Auctions Today is an auction organization and management solution that helps create online and mobile auctions. Primary features include private auctions, auto catalog numbers, advance credit card registration, multi-curre...Read more about Charity Auctions Today

4.58 (12 reviews)

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: August 08, 2021

Auctions have the potential to raise a ton of money for your foundation, charity or school. Nonprofit event planners said as much when we surveyed them for Software Advice's 2015 report, “Which Fundraising Event Is Best for Your Nonprofit?"

That's the good news. The bad news is they're a ton of work.

You have to get auction items from donors and promote your event through email, social media and every other channel at your disposal to ensure a good turnout. On the day of the auction, the fun really starts: registering guests, capturing bids, collecting payments and writing receipts. Oh, and don't forget the government's cut. They'll want to see all of those 8282 and 8283 forms come tax time.

It's enough to make a short-staffed organization avoid auctions altogether.

If this struggle sounds familiar, you may want to invest in dedicated auction software—applications specifically designed to help users better manage their auction events.

In this Buyer's Guide, we'll break down auction software definitions, common functionality, pricing information and more to help you decide if auction software is right for your organization and what system might best fit your needs.

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What Is Auction Software?
Common Auction Software Functionality
Benefits of Auction Software
How Much Does Auction Software Cost?
Types of Auction Software Buyers

What Is Auction Software?

Auction software helps users with the event planning, bid capturing, payment processing and compliance management aspects of auction fundraisers. This kind of software can help with a one-time event or ongoing online auctions.

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These platforms offer a central hub to track item and registrant data and facilitate collaboration between members in your organization. They help make auction events run more smoothly, and improve the effectiveness of your fundraising initiatives.

Common Auction Software Functionality

The various features found in auction software are designed to help users manage the entire auction cycle, from pre-event planning to post-event analysis. Here is a list of some common functions to look for in auction software systems:

Event & item management Track and store auction event details, RSVPs, seating charts and more. Procure, tag and list items for auction.
Auction type customization Online or offline? Live, silent, reverse or sealed bid? 'Buy Now' items? This software helps you manage a number of types of auctions.
Website creation & user registration Create a branded auction event website and allow users to register for auctions online for easy bidding and payment.
Automatic bid capture Capture and update bids on auction items in real time. Automated outbid notifications encourage participation.
Payment processing & receipts Process payments immediately upon sale. Email receipts and acknowledgements to donors automatically afterwards.
Post-event analytics & reporting Gain insight and generate necessary forms. For example, you can find out which items did better than expected and what times had the most bidding activity.

Auction software integrates with other systems within your organization, whether it be fundraising software to see how much an auction contributed towards your goals or accounting software to easily capture event expenses in your general ledger.

Benefits of Auction Software

If you never do auction fundraisers or don't rely on them for significant funding, dedicated auction software can seem unnecessary. On the other hand, if big ticket auction events make or break your organization every year, dedicated auction software becomes a vital investment.

Here are three ways auction software can help you run and manage auctions:

  • Make your auctions more flexible. Traditionally, if attendees miss your auction event they can't bid on items. Guests can also get wrapped up at your event and forget to walk over and see what items are on the table. With features like mobile bidding and the ability to host auctions online, auction software offers more flexibility for participants.
  • Encourage participation. Auction software can send automatic push notifications when a person has been outbid and periodic reminders to guests to donate towards your worthy cause. The result? Higher final sale prices on your auction items and more fundraising overall.
  • Securely capture auction data. Bids, payments, receipts, acknowledgements, appraisals, RSVP lists, catering lists, donor information—losing track of any of this information can sink your auction. Auction software not only offers a place to securely store and process this information, but also weaves them together in an intuitive way to create efficient process workflows.

How Much Does Auction Software Cost?

It would be great if every auction software vendor got together and agreed to price their software using the same method, but unfortunately that's not the case. Some common pricing methods you can run into with auction software include:

  • One-time cost (i.e., perpetual license)
  • Per-auction
  • Flat monthly or annual fee
  • Per-user monthly or annual fee

There are other factors besides the software license cost to consider as well. Some vendors may limit the number of items you can put up for auction in a certain pricing tier or charge a “performance fee" (similar to what you'd pay an auctioneer). Others can charge extra for things like customer support or training.

When researching options, pay special attention to how and when you'll be charged for the software to budget accordingly.

Types of Auction Software Buyers

Nonprofit organizations (charities, foundations, schools) are the primary purchasers of auction software, but they're not the only ones. Here are some other types of auction software buyers from commercial businesses, along with examples of products that cater to each audience:

  • Manufacturers. If you need to run a reverse auction to get the best bid from competing suppliers, check out systems like ProcurePort.
  • Auction houses. If you want to create a private online auction to sell off real estate or industrial equipment, look for platforms like Sharp Auction Engine.
  • Car dealerships. If you need to run an auction to sell off vehicle inventory, research products like Auction123.
  • E-commerce businesses. If you're looking to build a long-term auction business online like eBay, consider software like Easy.Auction.