As individuals and small businesses, we’re all trying to adapt and navigate an uncertain future as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in our community and beyond. One thing we know for sure: We’re all in this together, so why not work together to help each other out and do some good?
Save the Date: Monday, April 20 - Monday, April 27
The All Together Auction is an opportunity to raise awareness about our incredible community of artists, makers, and small businesses while also also raising funds for NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illness and their families.
We support NAMI's mission and current efforts to move their free support groups and classes online to increase availability and accessibility because we believe that now, more than ever, Minnesotans need resources for coping with the ongoing global crisis and its aftershocks.
Our goal is to raise $2,500 for NAMI Minnesota and their ongoing efforts to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery. If we reach our goal of $2500, All Are Welcome Here will donate an additional $500, and Minneapolis Craft Market, Brio Marketing, We Sparkle, and POwer of 100 MSP will donate $250 -- an additional $1500!
The auction will run Monday, April 20 - Monday, April 27. It is a collaboration between All Are Welcome Here, Minneapolis Craft Market, Brio Marketing, We Sparkle, Power of 100 MSP, and the amazing artists, makers and small businesses in our community. By joining together, we hope to share the creativity and generosity of our local small business and maker community with a larger audience of supporters and potential customers in our community and beyond.
Contributing to the Auction
Calling all local artists, makers, and independent small businesses! This auction only works if we can gather contributions from amazing organizations like yours. Here are some guidelines for contributions you can offer to help make our auction a success:
- Retail value for the item/product/service should be in the $20-200+ range.
- Items don’t necessarily need to be handmade, but should be original to the creator or unique to the business.
- Food items are welcome provided that they follow state guidelines.
- Experiences such as private classes and workshops are welcome.
- Contributions are not tax deductible at this time.
Reasons to Contribute
- Free publicity of your business and products/services
- New partnership and collaboration opportunities with other amazing businesses
- Be a part of doing some bigger to help us make a difference in our community
Let’s do this!
To get started, please fill out this Google form about your contribution and your business by Wednesday, April 15: https://forms.gle/NkoGUS7qtmboT9dd6
The auction will be organized by All Are Welcome Here (AAWH) on 32auctions, an online auction platform: https://www.32auctions.com/alltogetherauction. You can see a recent example created by our friends at St. Croix Chocolate Company: https://www.32auctions.com/StCroixChocolateCo.
When the auction is over, AAWH will email participating businesses with the auction winner’s name and address. Each creator, maker or business will be responsible for shipping their contribution directly to the auction winner.
Promoting the Auction
Online auction timeline:
- April 18: Media kit delivered and auction site soft launch
- April 20: Bidding begins
- April 27: Bidding ends
- May 1-15: Product/services mailed to winners by participating businesses
With the help of Brio Marketing, All Are Welcome Here will create a media kit with assets for you to use on your social media channels. In the spirit of collaboration, we encourage you to promote your participation and give a shout out to another local business or two who are participating in the auction on social media channels.