We are excited to announce that we have a fantastic selection of items for our upcoming online auction. From unique experiences to valuable collectibles, we have curated a diverse range of items that are sure to SPARK your interest. We kindly ask for your patience as we finalize the details and prepare to launch the auction on Wednesday, March 13th at Noon. Be sure to check back regularly for updates and get ready to bid on some incredible items. Happy bidding!

Online Auction Donation Submission Details

  • More than 1,000 Corte Madera and Larkspur families who live, eat and shop in Marin and beyond will view and bid on items 
  • In exchange for a donated item or service, your business will receive prominent advertising in our community through social media, marketing emails and our auction catalog

To submit a donation: (deadline is February 26)

  • Fill out the online donation form here; or
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  • Download the Auction Donation PDF here and email to AuctionDonation@SparkSchools.org; or
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  • Mail item or gift certificate along with the form to SPARK, 230 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA 94939

Examples of Online Auction Donated Items

FAQs

This year’s online auction is scheduled for March 13-March 18, 2024.

The Online Auction is filled with an array of items donated by local businesses and families including items for your home, dining gift certificates, travel, kids’ camps, activities and family fun. There is also a great array of events for kids, families and parents. In previous years, this event successfully raised over $100K for our schools, and we count on this revenue to assist us in achieving our $1.5M annual fundraising goal.

Absolutely! We appreciate donations from District families who own or work at a business that we can feature in our online auction. Contact info@SPARKschools.org

Host a Sign-up Party:

Round up your friends, choose a theme, and let the fun begin – whether it’s a big bash like a ping pong tournament, a hiking for kinders, a family movie night in your backyard for 10 or a silent disco for 100, it’s your call. All funds go to SPARK.  Sign up to host your fantastic party now!

Join the Solicitation Team:

Time frame:  Mid-January through early March. We provide you with contacts to local businesses to request great donations for our catalog. This is done through email outreach (we provide the email for you to send!) and/or phone calls and visits to the business if needed.  You choose the number of accounts you would like. The success of our online auction depends on generous donations and we need a strong team to make it happen. Contact us at info@SPARKschools.org to join!

Join the Catalog Team:

Time frame: Mid-February to early March. Calling all copywriters and editors! Dive into this fantastic gig from home, flexing your skills on auction package descriptions. Connect with Lori Stein at lstein@SPARKschools.org to be part of this creative team.

Be a Shadow Coordinator for Parent Parties: 

Time frame: Mid-January to early March. We’re on the lookout for a few fun and organized individuals to shadow this year’s Party Coordinators so that you are ready to step into a lead role in 2025. The position includes assisting in the organization and coordination of these amazing and fun parties for parents and kids. Contact us at info@SPARKschools.org to learn more.

Donate an Item: 

Got a special item to donate like a vacation home, gift certificates, special experiences or sports tickets? We’d be thrilled to feature them in our Online Auction. Let us know about available dates, any restrictions, or other essential details. Click here to make your online donation!

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All of these opportunities provide a way to make a meaningful impact without having to make a long-term volunteer commitment and are flexible enough to fit into your schedule. We hope you join us and help  make this year’s online auction a success. Let us know if you have any questions and contact us at info@SPARKschools.org to join the fun!

You will need to set up an account with Give Smart, our auction software before the auction opens at noon on March 13th, so you can be ready to bid right away. Once your account is confirmed you can preview the Online Auction Catalog items.

Yes! These are always in-demand items and we would love to include your vacation home in our auction. You can specify available dates and any other restrictions or important information. Contact info@SPARKschools.org

We always love offering tickets to any games!  You can specify available games and any other restrictions or important information. Contact info@SPARKschools.org

Parents volunteer to plan and host a variety of parties and your ticket price raises money for SPARK. These parent-hosted events range from hiking, yoga, and biking to cooking, painting, and cocktailing. Spots for parties are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices to attend the parties vary, depending on the time of day and activity. All of the money collected from the sign-ups are passed on to SPARK, so they not only raise money for the Foundation but also allow you to meet more families and make new friends! Whether it’s a big bash like a ping pong tournament or a smaller gathering like a hike up Mt. Tam we’ve got something for everyone.

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