The Handbid concept was born around the Porter’s kitchen table after running their fifth annual fundraising event benefitting the Prader-Willi Syndrome of Colorado (PWSACO) back in May of 2010. 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 on May 7, 2011 where it doubled their silent auction revenue and helped the organization raise more than $70,000. Since then, Handbid has been involved in 7 annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser for PWSACO along with hundreds of other charities. Having processed more than 1,000,000 bids and raising more than $50 million for charities since that first event, Handbid is an established solution that many non-profits rely on annually.
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.