Bear & Jason have extensive experience working with non-profit organizations to help raise the most money at your next fundraising event. 

Does Hiring a Professional Fundraising Auctioneer Really Make Sense?

Hiring a professional fundraising auctioneer is never a cost; it's an investment that will pay incredible returns. Leaving the job to a non-benefit or volunteer auctioneer, however, could end up being your auction's greatest expense.

Not all nonprofits realize how critical it is to hire an auctioneer trained to handle the unique needs of a charity auction. In the past, auctioneers with a specialty in the for-profit sector would donate their time to chant during the live auction portion of a charity event.

At live auctions, who is the most important person in the room?

We believe it's your auctioneer. He or she is the "quarterback" of the night, guiding the program and extracting as much money from guests as possible. As a result, choosing to hire a professional fundraising auctioneer for your fundraising auction is one of the most important decisions you'll make in the planning process.

Now as more nonprofits turn to event fundraising, auctions need a host with the ability to motivate the audience to donate beyond the live auction.

Here's what we mean.

Auctioneers think differently when they approach the event.  They assess the crowd, and determine: How much money is in the room, and how can I extract the greatest amount possible?

Benefit auctioneers employ a diverse "toolkit" of skills and techniques that simply aren't used in other kinds of auctions.

One of the most profitable opportunities unique to benefit auctioneers is their ability to deftly propose a Fund-a-Need (donation toward a specific program or expense of the nonprofit), Fund-an-Item (underwriting a big-ticket item purchased on consignment, like travel packages) or general cash appeal

Give us a call today so we can partner with you and your team to get the most at your next fundraising event. 



Bear & Jason conduct 50+ fundraising auctions annually, below is a list of charitable organizations they have held auctions for previously.

  • Friends of the Smokies
  • Knoxville Museum of Art
  • Make A Wish
  • Norris Elementary
  • Dogwood Elementary Knoxville
  • Clinch River Baptist Church
  • Oak Ridge Boys Club
  • Anderson County 4-H
  • Knoxville Boys & Girls Club
  • Girls Inc.
  • Andersonville Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Marlow Fire Dept.
  • Oak Ridge Children's Museum
  • March of Dimes
  • South Clinton Elementary
  • UT School of Music
  • SARG
  • Joy of Music School
  • Clinton 1st Baptist
  • Oak Ridge Rotary
  • Oak Ridge Christian Women
  • Grace Baptist Church
  • Smokey Mountain Heritage Museum
  • JR Urban League
  • Alex Haley Golf Tournament
  • West Knox Chamber of Commerce
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Unitarian Church
  • Executive Women's International
  • Sertoma Center
  • Gettysview Country Club
  • Knoxville Botanical Center
  • United Way
  • St. Judes
  • Plus many many  more