Virtual Events and Online Charity Auctions

Our online charity auction software allows you to host your silent, live, fund-a-need and specialty items all online without bringing patrons to a venue.

Check out this Virtual Events Capability video to see how we can easily support and integrate into your virtual galas and online charity auctions..

AES is here to help

AES has the online tools and expertise to help you “Go Virtual” by connecting you with your donors in new and exciting ways. Check out our guide to virtual fundraising or contact us today to learn how we can help.

Virtual Fundraising Tips

Create a virtual event landing page with videos and information about the organization’s mission.  Make this the hub for information about your virtual event and goals.

Live stream your program on “event day” to offer a social (yet distant) experience to help maximize giving. AES can help manage the technical aspect of this for you.

Run the online charity auction over a longer period of days or weeks, releasing new items or opening and closing categories and using alerts to inspire bidders.

Feature high value packages at the top of the site and open/close each package separately (like a real live auction).

Consider asking your guests to convert their ticket purchase or sponsorship to a donation to help support the financial goals during these hard times.

Your Hub for Virtual Events and Online Charity Auctions

  • Build a custom branded and styled microsite for your digital campaign.
  • Invite guests to register for the event ahead of time, or even sell tickets for an exclusive event experience.
  • Add images, videos, links and custom text to describe your mission. Pre-recorded videos can accomplish many of the same goals as live streaming. By posting short, inspirational videos to explain your mission and impact, you can still create a highly successful event.
  • Recognize event sponsors with detailed descriptions and links to their websites.
  • Empower your donors to share on social media.
  • Add a fundraising thermometer and track progress towards your goals.
  • Change content on site frequently to keep the content fresh.

Bonus Features

  • Sell raffle tickets and do a digital drawing for the winner.
  • Make merchandise available as add-ons to show support.
  • Sell reservations to exclusive parties, concerts, or events.

Leaderboard slides for instant feedback

Live online charity auction updates with current high bidder and amount

Fund-a-Need totals with donor recognition

Silent and Virtual Live Auctions

  • Allow donors to register via text message or webpage a week or more in advance, so they are in the system to receive targeted notifications.
  • Feature your high value/live online charity auction packages at the top of the site to increase participation.
  • Open and close live packages sequentially to emulate a true live auction.
  • Use targeted messaging to let your donors know about new packages/categories and time remaining to bid.
  • Create friendly competition by displaying bidders’ names in full (optional).
  • Leverage max bidding and buy now features to raise more for your cause.

Text to {Act}

Reserve your own unique keyword and enable your donors to take instant action over text message.

Over text message we can direct your guests to:

  • Register for the event and/or auction.
  • Get a personal link sent to their phone (great for virtual events where one device is used to watch and the phone is used to bid).
  • Make a donation.
  • And more – flexible setup puts you in control of what happens next.

Other great features of our online charity auction software

Max Bid feature

Raise more proceeds and get more bids with our Max Bid feature. Bidders can set their spending limits early in the event, then relax and enjoy the festivities while the system bids for them. No need to keep checking their phones every few minutes.

Live auction preview

Preview the live auction before it begins! Includes images, full descriptions and values so potential buyers can strategize before the bidding begins.

No bids

Keep track of items in your auction that have no bids so you can either remove, slash bids or shift tactics.

Most bids

See in real time which items in your auction are getting the most attention.

Auction Eye

Always be informed with our Auction Eye tool – see real time reporting from the convenience of your own phone.

My Bids

Bidders will always be up to date on their status with our My Bids feature. Get a quick view of all activity from one simple screen.

Self-registration and self-checkout

Put the power in your guests hands – We offer self-registration and self-checkout so your event runs efficiently.

Countdown timer

Add a little excitement to your hot-ticket items – We offer a countdown timer feature to get those last minute bidders in the race!

Other AES auction packages

Elevate your event with our online fundraising tools for nonprofits.

“After trying two other auction companies, we have found AES to be the auction service company of our choice. They give our guests a smooth and professional experience at our fundraisers. The AES team is always happy to help us along the way and during the event, they keep the auction running smoothly. We have used their paper and electronic systems and both have been hugely successful. Our guests are presented with an itemized receipt at the end of the night and they enjoy a seamless checkout process. AES comes with a team of fundraising professionals and they uphold the same high expectations for their team as we do for ours. We think they are the best!”



Children’s Foundation
Tustin, California

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