Fundraising custom crafted for your nonprofit

Shouldn’t all fundraising events be fun and make money? Of course they should.


Artisan Auctions brings the energy and fundraising expertise with nuance and craft to create successful events for our clients. Last year, we helped clients raise more than $7 million.

See Kelly in Action

People give for all different reasons. A successful event auctioneer must understand who is in the room, the unique story of the organization, and how to combine those two into a magic mix of support. This is at the heart of what we do.

We work closely with clients all along the way and up to the big event. Our process includes:

  • Planning to determine event goals, donor messaging, item procurement and event logistics;
  • Workplan development to ensure we work as team throughout the process;
  • Coordination with partner event consultants and vendors;
  • Recommendations for maximizing success, including how to build anticipation or craft an effective special appeal;
  • Skilled and charismatic auctioneer on-site, working before, during and after the auction portion to engage your team and participants;
  • Follow up and event evaluation to capture highlights, learnings and impact of our work together.
  • "We thought we were hiring an auctioneer. We were wrong. With Kelly we have a fundraising partner who consults and guides us on virtually all aspects of the event. She has brought the same high energy that makes her live auctioneering so successful to pre-event planning and brainstorming and the impact has been huge. She even follows up after then event to help detail what worked and what should have worked differently so that we can improve again next year."

    Dave Scarborough
    Dave Scarborough President, United Way of the Columbia Gorge
  • “We love having Kelly lead our brainstorming kick-off party for our annual auction! Kelly’s energy is contagious, and she does a great job of getting our committee off to a great start. She helps our volunteers generate new and interesting auction ideas, and gets them excited about the possibilities. Kelly’s extensive experience also helps direct the group into pursing auction items that really work. At the end of the party, Kelly encourages volunteers to take responsibility for procurement of the items they suggested, and gets them to work.”

    Laurel Keppy
    Laurel Keppy Development Director, Northwest Academy
  • “Kelly is confident, straight forward, and always delivers. She creates a warm, fun atmosphere by engaging the audience, and she embodies the passion of our mission in her delivery. During our planning for the event, she engaged with us strategically, because she always has our best interest in mind. She genuinely wants our event to be a success.”

    Amy Eaton
    Amy Eaton Executive Director, Living Yoga
  • “Kelly Russell Artisan Auctions is a pleasure to work with and her professionalism, enthusiasm, and experience added a great deal to the fun and success of our event. Every comment about her work in our post-auction survey was positive!”

    Tom Swearingen
    Tom Swearingen Fostering Hope Benefit Co-Chair, East Portland Rotary
  • “We knew we needed a professional auctioneer to achieve our fundraising goals. Kelly’s advice and guidance made all the difference. She was easy to work with, brought invaluable advice to maximize our fundraising success, and took command of the event floor to make that success happen, all the while making the experience easy for us and a great time for our guests.”

    Travis Phillips
    Travis Phillips
  • "Hiring Artisan Auctions was one of the first things I recommended when I joined Bradley Angle. As fundraisers, we do a lot of work to make sure that our donors come to our events ready to give. But we all need on-stage partners to help us bring those gifts home. Kelly Russell and her team make sure my guests leave having spent a little more money than they intended to and feeling great about supporting survivors of domestic violence as they take back control of their lives. I couldn't ask for more."

    Rebecca Alexander
    Rebecca Alexander

Let’s work together to make your auction a masterpiece.