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Auction Prep Volunteer - Share Your Creativity and Passion for Research!

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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Wilder Foundation’s Development team is seeking a volunteer to provide silent auction support in advance of our biggest gala of the year, Ordinary Magic, on Thursday, May 12, 2022. As an Auction Preparation Volunteer, you can share your attention to detail, photography and graphic design abilities, writing skills, and passion for research to help us get our online auction system in tip-top shape. This volunteer will play a key role in ensuring all our donations are appropriately documented, described and valued. The more detailed and creative the descriptions the more eye-catching items will be, increasing the likelihood for plenty of bids. This flexible volunteer opportunity can be completed virtually and onsite and will be scheduled based upon volunteer availability during daytime business hours. Join us and provide that magic touch to organize our auction materials!

Responsibilities include:

  • Review orientation and training materials prior to your first shift
  • Familiarize yourself with the auction software fields (will not be using the software directly)
  • Write descriptions for auction items
  • Take photographs of auction items
  • Research the donation and/or company to locate a logo
  • Design and create auction package images
  • Document market value of item
  • Provide written description, photo, logo and value to staff
  • Assist with organizing or packing auction items if interest and time allows
  • Assist with other auction-related or event tasks if interested
Qualifications needed:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel.
  • Must have experience and comfort taking photographs (they do not need to be professional quality photos).
  • Experience or interest in learning simple graphic design platform like Canva.
  • Ability to meet the time commitments outlined.
  • Ability to meet Wilder Foundation’s guidelines for acceptable background check.

Behavioral expectations:

  • Committed to following all COVID-19 guidelines (masks and distancing are required onsite)
  • Must adhere to all rules, policies and procedures of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Highly respectful of confidentiality
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Ability to work independently
  • Great time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail


  • Have a direct impact on your local community members by helping Wilder execute a successful fundraising event.
  • Experience behind-the-scenes in preparation for a large fundraising gala.
  • Learn more about Wilder and our Development team.
Work site: Virtual and Wilder Center (451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104)

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About Amherst H. Wilder Foundation


451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104, US

Mission Statement

To promote the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means, including:

• relief of the poor
• care of the sick and aged
• care and nurture of children
• aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy
• promotion of physical and mental health
• support of rehabilitation and corrections
• provision of needed housing and social services
• operation of residences and facilities for the aged, the infirm and those requiring special care

and in general the conservation of human resources by the provision of human services responsive to the welfare needs of the community, all without regard to, or discrimination on account of, nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices.


The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater Saint Paul, MN area since 1906. Wilder is not a grant-making foundation, but a public charity as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation operates more than 70 programs and services that help children succeed in school, older adults remain independent, troubled youth create healthy futures, and individuals and families maintain long-term housing. Wilder leadership programs work to nurture and build the skills of emerging community leaders and to renew the energy and commitment of experienced leaders. Wilder Research is one of the nation's largest nonprofit research and evaluation centers dedicated to the field of human services.

Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


451 Lexington Parkway NorthSaint Paul, MN 55104



  • Photography
  • Graphic Design / Print
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Organization
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Short-term role from January through May 2022. Flexible Monday through Friday options during daytime business hours. Bi-weekly shift from January through March and weekly shifts from April to May; as the event gets closer, tasks will pick up.

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