A few years ago, when we heard of charity auctions, we always imagined a gala dinner for the rich with lots of glitz and glam in a major metropolitan city somewhere in the world. With the age of the internet, exclusive charity auctions can now take place online where you can get involved without leaving home or even while you're on the go.
Here are our top picks for online auction platforms with a cause:
1. INSTAGRAM AUCTIONS - SOS BY ELENA PERMINOVA
Created by the international model Elena Perminova, this auction provides you with items worn by international celebrities, or money-can't-buy experiences like a guided tour of the Vatican by actress Ornella Mutti. All you have to do is bid for the items and if you are lucky enough then you will receive further instructions by phone.
Find out more www.instagram.com/sos_by_lenaperminova
2. EBAY FOR CHARITY
This platform connects eBay users with the charities they want to support. You can sell your things and the money goes to charity or you can bid for listed lots like a special yoga lesson with a well-known trainer in New York or London.
Find out more charity.ebay.com
3. CHARITY BUZZ
Do you want to meet a celebrity at an LA movie premiere or have a power lunch with Sarah Barnett, the President and General Manager of BBC America? Such charitable items and many more are available on this website.
Find out more www.charitybuzz.com
4. RARE CHARITY
In an interesting move, the Rare Tea company created its own charity where a percentage of sales goes to philanthropy and now they also offer an online charity auction with some exclusive experiences in the US and UK like cooking with well-known chefs, or taking part in a session on crafting a new perfume.
Find out more www.rarecharity.com
5. BIDDING FOR GOOD
This online auction platform raised over $350 million for selected foundations by providing the opportunity to bid on exceptional experiences or exclusive items for every budget.
Find out more www.biddingforgood.com