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You can help local schools!

It's that time of year again, when schools across the country hold their annual benefit auctions. These can be a lot of fun, and auction committees are always looking for great items to add to their catalogs.

Do your friends at work have kids? Ask them if you can make a donation to their school's auction!

Here are some donation ideas:

  • Gift certificates for dinner at your favorite local restaurant

  • Do you work somewhere cool? Offer a tour! Be sure to check with your boss on this one.

  • Got season tickets? Donate tickets for a game or performance.

  • Go to an art store, and put together an arts and crafts supply basket

  • Gift certificates to any store!

  • Are you a musician? Offer to play at a party.

  • Are you a designer? Offer 2-3 hours of design consulting. Be strict on what you offer here, or you could find yourself giving more than you originally intended. While you've donated your services, the person with the winning bid is still your client.

  • Check if your company makes matching gifts when employees make donations, and double your donation

  • ...

There are so many more things to give. Different schools run different auctions. Some like to focus on gift certificates, some on tangible goods, most combine both.