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“The best of the best! Darren is an absolute pleasure to work with, very passionate about his job, offers insight & advice along the way, not to mention, helped us raise a historical amount of funds for the Coronado schools!!”
K. Kiel
“I am working on my second event with Darren and I would not want to do another one without him on my team. Last year he helped us create the most successful fundraising event ever, raising more money than we ever thought we could. He will go above and beyond your expectations. He is knowledgeable and has such innovative ideas in all areas of fundraising. From the second Darren joins your team he is in constant contact to understand your cause, the event, the population he’s working with, and your goals, in order to maximize fundraising potential. He makes himself available at all hours to assist and offer input with all aspects of the event, not just ‘his’ part. His knowledge and dedication are obvious and his enthusiasm is contagious. Just wait until you see him go to work behind the mic! The way he connects with his audience…he has that gift! Darren will make your entire fundraising event more successful than you ever imagined!”
L. Adams
Darren Diess - Auctioneer

Check out these articles written about Darren for the Temecula Valley Business Journal:

Southern California Auctioneer Earns Prestigious Professional Honors

Auctioneer Darren Diess of Strategic Fundraising Solutions recently completed his training as a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS). BAS is the industry’s premier training program for benefit auctioneers developed by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) for benefit auction professionals.

Diess joins an exclusive group, as there are less than 3% current BAS designation holders in an industry that estimates over 100,000 auctioneers in the United States. In addition, Diess joins a group of less than 30 auctioneers in all of California with the prestigious designation.

The BAS designation program educates attendees how to effectively conduct a benefit auction starting from an entire year out from the event to one month after. Attendees learn the psychology of how to plan and market events to maximize revenue for nonprofits, resulting in strong communities. BAS is an intensive, development program focusing on volunteer training, item procurement, donor development and sponsorship identification. Designees are required to complete the three day training, successfully conduct a specific number of benefit auctions and complete a final report before earning the BAS designation. BAS holders are also required to complete continuing education each year to maintain their status.

Diess has been an entrepreneur and sales expert for over 30 years. He is the founder of Strategic Fundraising Solutions and GIvingByTxt – providing benefit auction consulting, live auction and emcees services and a technical solution that allows for organizations to connect with their donors using a cell phone.

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The Importance of a Great Auctioneer for Charity Fundraisers

Benefit or Charity auctions is one of today’s most popular fundraising methods for school, non-profit and 501c3 organizations. But planning and presenting an auction that is both profitable and memorable doesn’t happen by accident. Just ask anyone who’s done it. It takes hard work, great timing, cooperation, extensive planning, organizational excellence and a little luck.

Strategic Fundraising Solutions Benefit Auction Specialist Darren Diess has spent years honing this specialty market segment to help guide your committee through the gauntlet of auction planning to help ensure a successful fundraiser. Darren brings his passion for fresh and creative approaches to revenue enhancement and has built a reputation for exceptional results year after year.

Specializing in 501c3 organizations, Darren has obtained his designation as Benefit Auction Specialist from the National Auctioneers Association, a designation achieved by just 3% of auctioneers nationwide. By offering a variety of proven fundraising strategies, SFS will not only maximizes your fundraising efforts, but also helps build upon prior success for years to come. Our hands-on approach and experience in business, entertainment, training and education has shaped the way we partner with our clients, inspire audiences, and achieve record-breaking results.

Don’t let the size of your event discourage you from contacting Darren. While some clients have auction goals in excess of $1,000,000, many have goals of less than $150,000. Darren works with organizations from nearly every non-profit sector with cutting-edge consulting, tools to empower people to raise more money and the skills to generate generosity and excitement among supporters. You’ve seen Darren at work on behalf of local charities as well, including the Temecula Valley Boys and Girls Club and others.

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“Darren is an amazing auctioneer and advisor. Rather than just showing up a few weeks ahead of time, he has come to meetings, hosted conference calls, answer e-mails promptly and provide ideas on how to run our event to maximize donor engagement. He has become an extension of our committee and we couldn’t do what we do without him.”
E. Jones
“Darren, Thank you! Your attention to detail and the amount of time you put towards getting to know your Banding Together is unlike any other! Our event ran smoothly and was successful thanks to your presence on stage and your efforts making sure every aspect of the event was successful. I’m so thankful you were part of this year’s fundraiser!  This will be our best year yet!”
M. Foote

GSO-SDSF Winter Gala 2020

St. Hedwig School’s Awesome 80’s Prom Fundraiser

“Raised more money than we’ve every raised in history.”

Rancho Christian School Auction

“Darren was fantastic.  He brought us in so many gifts, so many donations …”

Boys & Girls Club

“Smashed all event goals.”

Coronado Foundation

“Raised over $100,000 with 15 items in the live auction. Enjoyed the night with great donors that had a fabulous time supporting the cause.”

Epilepsy Foundation

To kick off the auction, I offered some fun and excitement… Pulled a $20 bill from my pocket… Started at $1… And quickly went to $600.. A few more fun conversations with the donors in the room and we sold 4 $20 bills for $1000 each- $4000 raised before we started selling auction items.

Let us help you with your next fundraiser, gala or auction.

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