Bishopsland and FloatArt fundraiser

£63,740 raised

Gala Dinner - Live and silent auctions

A glittering fundraiser at the Gherkin for two arts organisations raises over £60,000 to support emerging artistic talent. 

Bishopsland, based in Oxfordshire, provides a one year residential course for silversmiths. Over the last twenty years more than 170 students have attended the course with 75% remaining in the craft.

FloatArt supports emerging artists leaving art school by providing start-up funds for studio and other costs as well as putting on an exhibition of graduates’ work.

Funds raised during the evening will be shared between both organisations.

How DONATE™ was used

Pre Event tickets through DONATE™ were sold and over 80% of the guests opted to include an additional donation which was bundled into the ticket value. Gift Aid was collected on the donations; increasing the overall funds for both organisations.

The evening started with a champagne reception on the top floor of the Gherkin for 120 guests to preview the objects for sale in both the live and silent auctions. DONATE™ provided hosts who used iPads to support guests in the Gift Aid and Auction registration process.

Master of Ceremonies (Jonny Gould) introduced the event and the ways in which the guests could support the charities throughout the evening. These were:  a live auction,  a silent auction, a text raffle and web donations.

Live Auction

Silverware, art items and experiences delivered over £37,500 in value; all payments on the hammer price were managed and completed during the event using DONATE‘s mobile technology. Gift Aid was applied on lots where applicable on values above the market price. 

Silent Auction

DONATE’s silent auction platform enabled guests to bid, re-bid when outbid and pay for their purchases using their phones. The organisers set reserves, bid-increments and buy-it-now functionality to ensure maximum receipts. The silent auction raised £23,500, all lots were won and paid for during the evening.

Text Raffle

Guests texted a simple keyword to enter the raffle. Each raffle entry cost £10 and up to three tickets could be bought per person. Once the raffle was closed a random mobile number was drawn from the database of entrants. Whilst the room waited in suspense the winner’s mobile rung from the stage. The air of excitement this created added to the overall excitement of the event. The raffle raised £1,240 in three minutes.


Guests mader a simple donation using either the DONATE™ app or leaving cash in Gift Aid envelopes.

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