Handbid’s mission is to make it easier to setup and conduct silent auctions, both for bidders and auction managers. The concept was born around the Porter’s kitchen table after running their fifth annual fundraising event benefitting the Prader-Willi Syndrome of Colorado (PWSACO). Jeff Porter and his family founded PWSACO in 2002, after their daughter Abby was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder, and have been passionate about raising funds for the cause ever since.
Their signature fundraiser quickly grew from 50 attendees to over 300, and in 2010 they were running a silent and live auction with over 150 items. Innumerable hours were spent organizing the donations, preparing bid sheets, creating labels, tracking bidders, etc, all using spreadsheets and mail merge programs. But the larger issue came at the event when everyone was trying to checkout and a data entry error was discovered in the winning bids spreadsheet.
Through his personal fundraising efforts, Jeff understood the challenges inherent in organizing charity auctions. As a seasoned media and technology executive with vast experience in developing technology solutions that drive user engagement and connect buyers and sellers, he immediately knew he could solve his problem using cutting-edge technology.
Handbid debuted the following year at PWSACO’s 6th annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser and contributed to the organization raising more than $70,000 at their event. Jeff and the entire Handbid team is committed to helping other non-profits increase their auction revenue while creating an automated process for auction managers and a memorable experience for donors.
Downhill skiing, running, imparting invaluable auction wisdom on clients; Kari Adler pretty much does everything short of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Kari's responsibilities at Handbid include everything from product management, to technical support to heading up all testing and QA. Part of the Handbid story since the beginning, Kari knows that a good product and customer service requires attention to detail, relevant fundraising experience, and patience. In the end, it's about really understanding what the client needs. And who better to efficiently help your auction shine than a busy mom of four, one with special needs? You can reach Kari at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll take her coffee strong and black, please.
“We love to help people put smiles on their faces and money in their pockets. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to make a living doing that.” After noticing a great need in raising funds for worthy causes, Jeff Porter started Handbid. Having formed his own non-profit with wife Kari [link to Kari’s bio] in honor of their daughter’s battle with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Jeff’s double-edged experience in fundraising ensures you’ll get the most bang for your buck from your auction. An avid skier, family man and fierce bidder, you’ll be hard pressed to top the best auction Jeff has won to date; a free year of burritos. (It goes without saying that his daughter is now the Norm From Cheers of Qdoba.)
All the tech accolades and experience in the world will never outshine the fact that Woody Whitman doubles as a badass hockey goalie in his free time. Thriving in Denver with his wife and two kids, Woody finds it incredibly easy to keep his head in the game at a place like Handbid. “Our work is very redeeming, it isn't hard to stay motivated when the result is helping charities get better results with their current fundraising.”
Jen Elliott didn’t intend to still be in Colorado. What started as “I’m just gonna live in Denver a year or two” has gone the way all Denverites could have predicted. A fulfilling career, 17 years, a husband, two kids, a dog and tons of time outdoors later, Jen is still loving and living in good old Colorado. Passion for her job at Handbid definitely makes staying here easy. “I take pride in our product and am happy every day that we make a difference helping our clients and community. This job is hands down the most fulfilling I have ever had!”