Association seeks member recommendations for charitable partner

In April 2011, the National Auctioneers Association Board of Directors voted in support of a proposal to review the association’s charitable partner program.

As with the association’s other programs and services, the Board decided it was important to review commitments and partnerships periodically. As part of the new charitable partner review process, the NAA is accepting recommendations from members.

For more than 15 years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been the charitable partner of the NAA. NAA members have raised more than $4 million for the hospital.

As the NAA’s preferred charitable partner, the NAA promotes St. Jude’s philanthropic work, as well as its research. The NAA encourages members to raise money in support of the hospital.

St. Jude and the NAA created the Auction for Hope program in 2009 to help provide NAA members with tools, resources and information needed to conduct benefit auctions for the hospital. Each year, the NAA plays host to and conducts a Toy Auction for the patients of St. Jude with the support of that year’s International Auctioneer Championship winners.

Make your recommendations

The NAA is accepting recommendations from members on a charitable partner for the association to support and promote for the next five years. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be among the organizations the NAA will consider during the review process.

Members interested in submitting a charity for consideration should contact Brandi McGrath via e-mail, bmcgrath@auctioneers.org, by Dec. 30.

When proposing a charity, please provide answers to these questions:

1. Is the organization a nationally recognized nonprofit charity?
2. Do the organization’s costs exceed $0.20 for every dollar raised? (Please use charitynavigator.org to evaluate cost)
3. Does the organization use auctions and Auctioneers in its fund-raising efforts?
4. Does the organization incorporate publicity and promote itself on a national scale?

The Charitable Partners Task Group will evaluate charities submitted for consideration after Dec. 30. This group will review the charities and select the top three organizations for recommendation to the NAA Board of Directors.

The top charities will be invited to present their organizations to the Board during its April meeting, in which the Board will select the NAA’s charitable partner. In the future, the NAA will review its charitable partner relationship every five years with the same review process outlined above.

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