The list of nonprofits in the state of Oregon is extensive, but I’m delighted to be interning with the organization I’m at. The nonprofit focuses on fighting inequality around the world, and has a great group of people in its office working towards this goal. Besides the warehouse, where aid donations are compiled and stored, the communications department is the liveliest. Everyone there is a character with an interesting story to tell.
The communications department was pretty empty my first week, because some employees were out doing relief work in other countries. One woman was in Thailand for two weeks and another was in Guatemala helping to build stoves. Upon returning with stories about the locals, zip lining, and insider secrets (like the bioluminescent algae in Thailand); they also brought back items for the October auction, which is the project I’m working on.
My nonprofit is the 3rd highest grossing in Portland, thanks in part to its successful auctions. This week I researched Classic Wines Auction (CWA), which is the highest grossing nonprofit in Portland. I looked at their online auction and spent some time perusing their fabulous wine packages. I learned that niche online auctions tend to be more successful, which might be one reason CWA has such great success? I also learned art and home décor pieces aren’t popular for online auctions, which did prove true when looking at the CWA auction website. Classic Wines Auction raised $2.48 million dollars for their 2012 auctions, which is a great achievement and sets the bar high for all other nonprofits to try to exceed.