Sensational service is our signature

OUR FUNDRAISING SPECIALISTS LIVE TO EXCEED YOUR GOALS

Eclipsing revenue records is our obsession!

Customized Services for Your Unique Needs

Marquam Auction Agency is a full-service fundraising agency. We get to know you and understand your organization, its needs, donor base and event goals, and work with you to craft the most amazing fundraising events on earth.

  • Do GOOD!
  • Do BETTER!
  • Do BEST!

We offer 3 graduating levels of Traditional or Virtual services plus a la carte options to meet your unique needs.

Earning amazing results for our clients is SO much fun!

Why we are unique!

Expert Fundraising Consultants + Benefit Auctioneer Specialists

Remove the guessing game when planning live and virtual fundraising events. Allow our fundraising experts to implement best practices, proven methodology and modern strategies while using historical data to realize goals and innovate your event.

  • Event Details + Logistics
  • Fundraising Methodology + Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Revenue Strategy + Best Practices
  • Donor Development Strategy
  • Digital Event Marketing Strategy + Consultation

100% of Auctioneers are Benefit Auctioneer Specialists

Rest easy. All our professional charity auctioneers are the real deal!

  • Graduates of nationally-accredited and highly respected auction colleges
  • Members of the National Auctioneers Association
  • Benefit Auctioneer Specialist: a designation fewer than 1% of the world’s auctioneers have earned identifying charity fundraising as our specialty
  • We are continually redefining our craft and exceed continuing ed requirements
  • We are the change! We look like, sound like and authentically represent the orgs with whom we partner

Our Professional Staff

We bring so much more to your in=person and virtual events than just an auctioneer. Our entire team of fundraising pros support you and your organization, crafting the most successful fundraisers on earth!

Our stellar event teams include:

  • Benefit Auctioneer Specialist
  • Professional Emcees
  • Professional Bid Assistants – fundraising ambassadors who, on average, bring 15% more revenue than volunteers at live fundraising events
  • Professional Event Clerks – accurately record all bids, gifts and donations – keeping your numbers instant and accurate
  • Live Chat Assistants – provide real-time chat and social response communicate bid advances and provide virtual event support during your live virtual broadcast
  • Studio Technical Team – Allow our AC Pros, Marquam’s Livestream Team execute the technical side of going virtual from start to finish, broadcasting from our in-house virtual studio.
  • Administrative Support – our support team eases the burden by keeping you organized and in the know with all relevant info at hand

We Are Unicorns

As one of the largest fundraising agencies in the nation solely focused on live fundraising events, we are distinctive in many ways:

  • Over 80% of our auctioneers are women (nationally, fewer than 16% are)
  • Over 2/3rds of our auctioneers are people of color (fewer than 5% nationally)
  • We are a woman-owned business (yet another rarity in this industry)
  • Our team consists of people reflecting the diverse communities we serve. We come from different faiths, ethnicities, belief systems and orientations
Do GOOD! Full-Service Fundraising
Benefit Auctioneer Specialist
Professional Event Clerk
Professional Bid Assistants
4 Hours Customized Event Consultation
Script Document provided
Final Program Timeline provided
Administrative Support
Best Practice Library
Basic Social Media Promotion
Do BETTER! Comprehensive Fundraising
All included in Do GOOD! plus:
2 Hours Additional Custom Consultation
Completed Run of Show
AV + Staff Cues
Comprehensive Script Writing
Completed Final Script
Live Program Content Crafted
Do BEST! Dynamic Fundraising
All included in Do BETTER! plus:
2 Hours Customized Consultation
Feature Video shot & edited
Video content developed & written
Social Media Maven Onsite at Event
Enhanced social media promotion
Live Social Posts from Event
Video Promoted on MAA Social Outlets

Á la Carte Services

SERVICE

PRICE

CONSULTATION: Fundraising, Donor Development, Revenue Strategy, Sponsorship Packet Development, Sponsorship Solicitation Strategy $150 per hour
CONSULTATION: Digital Event Marketing Strategy $200 per hour
EMCEES: Professional Mistress + Master of Ceremonies (Subject to availability) Prices Vary
POWER POINT: Branded Slide Deck (up to 25) $550 per 25
PROFESSIONAL EVENT STAFF: Bid Assistant, Event Clerk, Media Maven $250 per person
PROFESSIONAL EVENT STAFF: Sales People $300 per person
PHOTOS: Event Photography (shared digitally) $400
VIDEO: Footage (raw, shared digitally) $600
REGISTRATION MANAGEMENT + SUPPORT: Check in, out + volunteer training/management (Price dependent upon guest count, services) $1800-2500+
SIGNAGE: Custom branded event signs (up to 8 foam core poster size) $600
VIDEO: Sizzle Reel (edited, branded 30-75 seconds highlighting event) $1300+
VIDEO: Special Appeal or Organizational $2200+
VOLUNTEER: Roles Defined + Train Revenue Stream Leads + Best Practices $150 per hour

For an in-depth look at our offerings, peruse our detailed Services page.

Contact us today to discuss your needs!

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We are a true asset and partner.

When partnering with Marquam Auction Agency, you gain a committed fundraising ally leading you through every step of planning your event. Our passion, refined skills and custom services fuel smashingly successful events. Our fundraising specialists are graduates of nationally-accredited auctioneering colleges, members of the National Auctioneers Association and boast the coveted Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation (of which fewer than 1% of auctioneers ever earn). We have rich, diverse backgrounds and a wealth of experience to share.

We love what we do and can’t wait to make your next event fun, lucrative and easier to execute.

Let’s change the world – together!

  • The Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation had the pleasure of working with Misty and the Marquam Auction Agency team on our Annual Special Appeal, and the results have consistently exceeded our expectations. Misty is professional, personable, full of insightful suggestions, and deeply invested in our success.

    Traci Rey
    Traci Rey Barran Liebman - Attorneys on behalf of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation

Contact us today to discuss your needs!

Questions come up. We’ve got you covered.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions. Check out our blog for the top 10 Reasons to Always Use a Professional Benefit Auctioneer.

What size and scale events does Marquam Auction Agency do?

All sizes! From as few as 10 guests to well over 1000+ (or as many as your venue comfortably holds) in convention centers, ballrooms, high end hotels to big top tents and barn parties. Bring on the ideas! We love getting a little crazy and thinking outside of the box around here.

What type of events does Marquam Auction Agency do?

Virtual live fundraisers, Fusion Fundraisers, in-person galas and auctions, special appeals, public addresses, Mistress or Master of Ceremonies to casual events like fantasy football league player picks, garden parties to large scale musical concerts and everything in between. Get creative and pitch us your next great idea. We’ll craft a great strategy for you!

How much consulting time is provided?

That all depends on how much or how little assistance you need from us. Contact us for a comprehensive proposal specific to your event, its needs and the level of service and/or professionals desired.

Can volunteers act as bid assistants and clerks?

They don’t have to with us! We bring a fully trained professional auction team so your volunteers can best serve you in roles they are best suited for. A professional auction team is invaluable for facilitating a streamlined, well-run event where revenue and its accuracy is nonnegotiable.

Who is part of the Auction Team?

Your dream team includes your professional benefit auctioneer, professional bid assistants who interact with your crowd, answer their questions, and encourage them to bid, and a sharp event clerk who diligently tracks every winning bid so your revenue is accurately recorded throughout the event.

Why should we hire a professional auctioneer?

In a nutshell, you’ll make more money and produce a better program that pleases your donors while relieving stress and pressure off of your team. Check out our blog post for more on this!

How much does it cost to partner with Marquam Auction Agency?

That all depends on how much or how little assistance you need from us. Contact us for a comprehensive proposal specific to your event, its needs and the level of service and/or professionals desired.

What services does Marquam Auction Agency provide?

Comprehensive Auctioneering services from professionally trained, designated NAA Auctioneers and Benefit Auctioneer Specialists, traditional in-person and virtual event planning & consultation, fundraising consultation, data-driven revenue strategy tailored to your goals, dynamic Mistresses & Masters of Ceremonies (emcees), public address speakers, professional event staff (clerks, bid assistants, professional salespeople, etc.).

Can you recommend sound/tech/caterers/venues and other contractors?

Yes! In fact, we love to! We’ve forged partnerships with the best in the industry.

What type of auction software should we use? Do we have to have auction software?

Yes, we’ve tried it all, and we know what works. We’ll recommend the right software to streamline your needs and event.

We have a hard time getting sponsors and getting good items for our auction, can you help with that?

We provide consultation and best practices to aid in your sponsorship and item procurement process. Ask us about our consignment offerings.

I need help taking my in-person event virtual. Can you help?

Our Go VIRTUAL! Package offers varying levels of service to meet your live virtual gala fundraising needs. Check out our blog post for more on this (link to blog post on Fundraising during pandemic).

What is a Live Virtual Fundraising?

 A live virtual fundraising gala is a completely NEW and unprecedented innovation in the fundraising event industry! In fact, it was developed as a result of Covid-19’s gathering restrictions and first executed in early March 2020. In essence, it is precisely what it sounds like – a virtual (not in-person but digital, and therefore viewable and fully executable from anywhere in the world) live, (meaning the giving is not pre-recorded but simulcasted or streamed to viewers in real-time) fundraising event, where the express goal is to generate revenue for the organization broadcasting the program to its viewers.  To learn more, check out our Ultimate Guide to Virtual Galas.

Can you recommend a tech team to broadcast and produce our live virtual event?

Yes, our seasoned team of AV pros have streamed and the most virtual events of any tech team in the nation. Their reliable, successful and professional partnership is what powers our broadcasts to be topnotch.  Learn more about our broadcast technology here.

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