Benefit Auction Summit 2019

August 25-27, 2019

If you’re a veteran Benefit Auctioneer or just starting out, the Benefit Auction Summit is one annual event you won’t want to miss! Located in beautiful Palm Springs, California, you will BENEFIT… ba dum tsss ... from some stellar education over two days of fun and exciting sessions! We’ll talk sales, appeals, consults and more! Best of all, network with your fellow auctioneers at our Welcome Party and make connections that will last a lifetime! Come back to this page for updates as we get closer to August! Save the date and we’ll see you in sunny Palm Springs!


Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
45000 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Book Online

Book over the phone: Call 1-800-237-2926
Group name: National Auctioneers Association Benefit Auction Summit


Palm Springs International Airport
33 minutes from the hotel

Keynote Speaker

Penelope Burk
Penelope Burk is a leading fundraising innovator with over forty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. The author of four books, the annual Burk Donor Survey, the popular BurksBlog, and more than fifty seminars, training programs and plays, Penelope is responsible for shining a light on the problem of donor attrition and offering the fundraising industry an evidence-based formula for keeping donors giving longer and more generously.

Penelope is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant and trainer and the founder of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., an international firm that helps not-for-profits raise more money by transforming their fundraising to be Donor-Centered.

Schedule of Events (more details coming soon) 

Sunday, August 25
6 p.m.: Welcome Party

Monday, August 26

9 a.m.: Welcome
9:15 a.m.: Consultations
10:30 a.m.: Sales Funnel & Process
12 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m. Appeals
2:45 p.m.: Best and Brightest, Speed Networking Style
5 p.m.: Reception

Tuesday, August 27

8:30 a.m.: Donor Psychology with Penelope Burk
10 a.m.: Workshop with Penelope Burk
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Best and Brightest, Family Fued Style
3 p.m.: Adjourn

Benefit Auction Summit Committee

Nelson Jay, BAS – Chair
Darron Meares, CAI, CAS, GPPA – Trustee liaison
Zan Aufderheide, BAS 
TiWanna Kenney, BAS 
Misty Marquam, BAS
Lynelle Gullidge