Your organization’s annual benefit auction may be the single biggest fundraising opportunity of the year. But is it as successful as it could be? The right auctioneer can help you raise more funds and have more fun at your benefit or charity auction. At Thomas Hayward Auctioneers, we have conducted hundreds of benefit auctions over the past 25+ years, helping to raise thousands of dollars for charity. We have partnered with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including foundations, causes, charities and more. Our charity auction services include strategic planning, advertising, bid calling, fund collection, and maintenance and delivery of a full sales record following your event.

Our Principal and Lead Auctioneer, Thomas Hayward, is an enduringly popular charity auctioneer known for his professionalism, passion and endless enthusiasm. With classical bid calling skills and firsthand experience, he understands how to create excitement in a room, motivate buyers to give more, and increase the success of your nonprofit auction.
As a licensed full-time professional auctioneer, Thomas has provided auctioneering and consulting services for numerous live auction benefit events, held at both public and private institutions. In addition to professional bid calling, he can also provide guidance for your silent and live auction strategy and media relations. Thomas has raised thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations, cities, universities, corporations, celebrity golf tournaments, professional associations, trade groups, private and public schools, scholarship funds, community organizations, cultural associations, churches, synagogues, political groups, hospitals, museums, foundations and other 501 (3) (c) charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States.

From high-end celebrity events, to convivial “FUN raisers, we provide a range of charity auctioneer services to enhance the success of your auction. Our services include computerized check-in, clerking and cashiering for quick, convenient processing without long lines. In addition, we will expertly manage registration and checkout, record winning bids, and serve as bid spotters throughout your event. All invoicing, payment reconciliation and event reporting are conducted electronically, for greater accuracy and speed. For large groups, we can even pre-register attendees, making check-in even faster for your guests.

Whether your benefit auction items are worth $300 or $300,000, you’ll enjoy watching the high bids roll in — and seeing your organization increase its bottom line.

From Galas to Spaghetti & Crab Feeds
Your event doesn’t have to be black-tie to hire the nation’s best auctioneer. Thomas is available to provide auction services for any type of event — from formal wine tasting and art auctions, to “FUNraisers” like spaghetti and crab feeds, western hoedowns, or BBQ dinner and dance events. Here are a few of the events and organizations we have assisted:

  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Boy Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Republican & Democratic Fundraisers
  • Trade Associations
  • Corporate Events
  • Catholic Schools
  • Synagogues
  • University Fundraisers, such as U C Berkeley Fraternities
  • Foundations
  • Sports Team Fundraisers
  • Fine Wine Auctions
  • Golf Tournaments
  • Fashion Shows
  • Homeless Youth
  • Foster Children
  • Car & Antique Clubs
  • Fund-A-Need