I had the opportunity to use the 501 Auctions site for a recent gala in 2018. This was prior to their re-branding under the GiveSmart name. We are a smaller nonprofit and the software was used by myself as the organization's operational manager and an independent contractor hired to produce the event. As with many auction services and platforms, and based on our financial model, the company provided a low-cost platform and the use of an on-site representative(s) which we felt were worth the cost. Automating the auction process is a definite must for any event and the platform provided these needs. Note: Our organization opted not to use the online bidding feature as our attendees were definitely older than most. We felt this feature was best suited for events tailored to a younger and tech-savvy demographic.