Running a Charity auction on Zoom free mini-course

Who this is for

This mini-course is for local service clubs or charities who in the past have held live auctions as a way to raise funds to help their community. With live events not being safe at this time and the needs in the community increasing, the need to raise these much needed funds in a safe way is greater than ever before.

Most organizations have moved to online meetings in order to stay safe. This mini-course will show you how to run a live online auction using standard software and services that you are likely already using: Zoom and PowerPoint. It doesn’t take any specialized skill or technology. You do need some familiarity with Zoom and with PowerPoint, but you certainly don’t need to be an expert at either.

  • Small local charities or service organizations who want to raise funds with an online live auction that replaces a previous live auction event
  • The organization wants to use standard software (PowerPoint and the Zoom platform) that their members already have and not invest in a specialized service or software
  • The auction needs to be run by existing members who have some technical skill and do not require specialized skills or knowledge

General approach

The auction is held in a regular Zoom meeting with a specific setup. Participants see slides that show the item up for auction and the current bid that is updated live. Bids are placed via the Zoom chat feature. Participants see the auctioneer’s video as well as videos of the other participants who have their cameras on. The auctioneer introduces the item, encourages bidding, and closes the sale when the last bid is confirmed. The item, bid, and winning bidder is recorded and the payment and item exchange happens after the auction. It is exciting and raises much needed funds to help the local community.

This course is free so that all small clubs and charities can continue to raise funds that help their community. Sign up below to receive immediate access to all the lessons (see the list of lessons below). I won't contact you for anything else. This is part of my contribution to communities.


Your Instructor


Dave Paradi
Dave Paradi

Dave Paradi has over twenty years of experience delivering customized training workshops to help business professionals improve their presentations. He has written ten books and over 500 articles on the topic of effective presentations and his ideas have appeared in publications around the world. He helps corporate professionals create clear visual messages of financial data. Dave is one of fewer than ten people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the Excel and PowerPoint communities. He regularly presents highly rated sessions at national and regional conferences of financial professionals.


Frequently Asked Questions


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The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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