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Donating Collectibles Can Boost Local Charities

By Ray Schulte,

In this difficult economic climate, it gets tougher and tougher for non-profit organizations to generate much-needed fundraising revenue. But a local sports memorabilia collector may have uncovered a creative way to generate potential revenue for local charities.

A Baltimore collector recently contacted Schulte Auctions to see whether the company was interested in either purchasing or accepting consigned items from his personal sports memorabilia collection. He was nearing retirement and planned to move out of state.

He and his wife preferred to sell his entire collection, rather than ship it all to Florida. They planned to donate all the proceeds from the sale of the collection to their rabbi to benefit their local synagogue.

After finding a buyer for the majority of his collection, Schulte Auctions took several valuable items on consignment for January's online auction.

Donating to non-profit organizations is still possible without paying out of pocket. It's as easy as pulling a Brooks Robinson-signed baseball, a Raymond Berry-signed football or a Cal Ripken Jr.-signed photo from your collection, and donating it to a charity for use in a live or silent auction fundraising event.

Online auction companies also accept the items on consignment for the non-profit, generating revenue and awareness for the organization's cause. Donating pieces of valuable sports memorabilia is a great way to support a non-profit organization, whether it is the Wounded Warrior Project, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Fisher House Foundation, a local church or children's hospital.

Schulte Auctions supports Mattingly Charities
In conjunction with Mattingly Charities' fundraising event at Mickey Mantle's Restaurant in New York Jan. 27, Schulte Auctions will be conducting an online auction to support the non-profit organization's fundraising efforts. 
Dozens of autographed items from the likes of Don Mattingly, B.B. King, Nolan Ryan, Charlie Daniels, Raymond Berry, Rascal Flatts and many others donated signed items to benefit the launch of Mattingly Charities.
"We are very excited to officially kick off Mattingly Charities and announce Schulte Auctions will be supporting our fundraising efforts online," said Mattingly, the 1985 American League MVP.
Mattingly Charities serves underprivileged youth by supporting programs that promote baseball and softball participation. Schulte Auctions January online auction closes at 10 p.m. Jan. 31.

Issue 157: January 2011