Silent art auction where participants bid time instead of money


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About the project Edit

The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. Throughout the evening, participants meet with different agencies and match their skills to their needs. Once they have made their matches, their are eligible to bid on artwork. Rather than bid money for artwork, participants bid volunteer hours to charitable organizations and charities. If they the winning bid, they have 12 months to complete their pledge before bringing the artwork home as a reminder of their good will.

The event is a way for people to find causes and for agencies to connect with skilled volunteers. Timeraiser's mission is to "bring people to causes and causes to people".

The Timeraiser event is one of two core programs developed by Framework Foundation, located in Toronto, Ontario. The second program is Civic Footprint, which helps people recognize their impact in their community through giving, volunteering and participating

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Timeraiser has found a creative and simple way to find relevant and meaningful volunteer opportunities that fit with people's lifestyle.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Results to date:

- Hosted 29 Timeraiser events across Canada
- Generated 93,000 volunteer hours
- Invested $495,890 in the careers of emerging artists
- Supported 383 charities find volunteers
- Encouraged 6,043 Canadians to connect to a cause they care about

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The first Timeraiser event was held in Toronto, Ontario in 2004. In then expanded to Calgary in 2006. To date there have been 26 Timeraiser events The Timeraiser program has successfully expanded to eight cities across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, London and Winnipeg) and has to date Timeraisers will soon be coming to communities all across North America.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Timeraiser was conceptualized in 2002 in response "to a group of friends wondering how it could be easier to find meaningful, relevant volunteer opportunities".

What is the business model of this project? Edit

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