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As a well-known philanthropist, Ron Hershco, has the pleasure of frequenting a number of non-profit events each year. We sat down with him to get his take on some of the different options in silent auction bidding.

“Silent auctions are one of the primary means of fundraising at many non-profit events,” says Ron. “Aside from corporate sponsorships, event ticket sales, and other cash donations, silent auctions have the ability to bring in tremendous revenue for the non-profit. It is also gives attendees something exciting to take part in, all the while benefiting the cause. But, bidding needs to be easy, otherwise people won’t be as apt to take part in it…or spend as much – which is of course the primary part of fundraising – to garner funds necessary to benefit the community.”

Some tips from Ron Hershco:

  • Paper bidding: For smaller fundraisers where guests and the silent auction are in the same room, paper bidding is a terrific option. It is free and easy to mange. Each silent auction item has a corresponding paper with lines for bidding amounts. Bidders simply put their name and the amount they are bidding. The downside for paper bidding is that it requires the bidder to go back and keep checking on the item in order to bid up the amounts. This can lead to lower bid amounts and not as many people bidding.
  • Mobile bidding: In the last couple of years more and more non-profits are using mobile bidding, such as 501 Auctions, to manage their silent auctions.  Mobile bidding is great because guests use their mobile devices to bid. This means they don’t need to be in the room with the silent auction items to place a bid. And, many mobile bidding options send you a message when you have been outbid so all you need to do is press a button on your phone to place a higher bid. The downside is that there is usually a fee to use the company and they typically request a percentage of auction sales. These fees can eat into a non-profits fundraising revenue for the evening.


It’s amazing how fast time goes by. To think that just a few short years ago folks were celebrating the first decade of the new millennium and 8 years ago, Ron Herscho at the expense of his company gifted a $2.5 million annex to a packed Queens school.

An interesting article was recently posted regarding how contributions and the idea of donations have changed over the years. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Nimble charities and philanthropists are instead discovering crowdfunding as an effective, efficient tool for collecting money from the masses. The digital platform is attracting younger do-gooders, in particular, who are tech savvy and would no more write a check for a charity than use snail mail.

While the days of going door-to-door and asking for contributions have come and gone, it’s interesting to see how big of a change the charity world has undergone. People actually want to see where their money is going, how their contribution will have an impact and actually want to be part of the change that’s happening.

As technology continues to evolve and change, it’s also going to have an impact on the privacy and security concerns that go hand-in-hand with the charity world as a whole as well. Increased monitoring will have to take place and there might even be a hesitation to donate via non-traditional means. Either way, only time will tell and the more good we can do overall the better.

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With the warm weather approaching, there’s so many different runs for charity happening. From Central Park to the West Side and over in the boroughs. There always seems a way for folks to get involved and the warm weather seems to bring out the good in people. Ron Hershco knows when it comes to giving back to the community.

Supporting a number of charities, Ron’s contribution to Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation has helped transformed the area in Brooklyn. Located on 2590 Atlantic Avenue, the 10,000 square foot space features a gallery and a studio for local artists and teachers.

However, as the weather continues to get nicer here in NYC and the seasons seem to change, there’s lots folks can do to get involved. Whether you’re looking to volunteer some time with New York Cares or run a marathon for a cause, don’t hesitate to just get involved.

It’s always good to give back and take some time for others. If you’re ever on the look-out for anything don’t hesitate to check out Charity Happens. They’ve got a great listing of events broken down by region.

NYC Charity Ron HershcoA lot of New York City residents see the same thing every day. People really struggling to make ends meet, even in the greatest city in the world. So a common question is, “How can I help?” Well, the answer is simple. There are many, many ways to get involved in charities. Let’s take a tip from Ron Hershco. He’s a real estate maven who has helped the city a great deal.

Ron uses his own skills as a real estate developer and designer to help people who are struggling. For instance, he has donated for and designed buildings for arts education in Brooklyn, through Russell Simmons’s Rush Foundation. This has helped low-income youth learn the skills they need to thrive in school and in their careers

So, using your own skills is one great way to get involved in charities and giving back. Are you a store owner? Consider stocking products that poorer families need and offering discount programs. Are you a teacher? Consider offering free tutoring for low-income families. All of these options and many more are yours to think about.

One more tip from Ron Hershco. It’s a great idea to deal with charities you can really trust. Look for people you know in charge (like Russell Simmons) or great plans and mission statements. Sometimes a new charity can do the most good, but you have to be careful. There has been a lot of fraud and misuse of money in the past. But we have to do all that we can to help.

As we all know, NYC is a great, great city, but whole sections are below the poverty line. If you haven’t been to Bushwick, much of the Bronx, East New York, or neighborhoods like these, you should check them out to see how hard life can be in the city. New Yorkers have to look out for one another. And there’s no better way to do this than using your own skills to help give back, or using your money to help charities do it for you.


Ron-Hershco NYC Real Estate DevelopmentThe city of New York is a beautiful testament to the American Spirit. Like all cities, though, it has its old and  run-down sections. Philanthropist Ron Hershco is dedicated to NYC real estate development. As a developer, he works to improve the Big Apple and make it better than ever.

Real estate development is a lofty career on its own, but Ron Hershco is also a notable philanthropist. He believes strongly that NYC real estate development can only truly be successful with the support of the whole community, and he firmly believes in giving back.

As a New York resident himself, Ron Hershco sees the city in a unique way. He recognizes the areas that need improvement, and he works with his company to develop these areas into modern residences that breathe life back into older neighborhoods.

On top of his work with NYC real estate development, Ron Hershco supports numerous charities. His contribution to Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation helped to develop a ten thousand square foot space for teachers and artists in an area of Brooklyn.
Promoting the arts for disadvantaged youth is important to Ron Hershco, and the donation will help the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation expand its gallery.

Furthermore, philanthropist Ron Hershco was a key figure in building a new annex for an overcrowded school in Queens. Until the annex was built, some students had to endure being in a classroom where two classes were being taught at the same time. The annex now provides room for two hundred students.

NYC real estate development is important for improving the look of the city, but also for improving the lives of the people living there. In addition to his work as a developer, Ron Hershco is a dedicated philanthropist working to aid the disadvantaged sections of the city. His
contributions have helped improve schools as well as promoting the arts.

Corporate Social Responsibility is imperative when it comes to the growth of successful businesses. CSR generally refers to the transparency of business practices that are based on ethical values, compliance with legal requirements and respect for people, communities and environments. Many companies are realizing that in order to stay productive, competitive and relevant in the business world, they need to practice social responsibility.

Of course there are many factors involved with CSR, a major one being Philanthropy and Charity contributions. Charities play an important role in society and are a direct link for developing a network. Companies can benefit from associating with organizations that fit both its own mission and ethical values.  Look for charities that will give you meaningful exposure to a large number of influential people, and volunteer your time. The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a magazine that monitors the charitable giving industry and tracks donations from the largest corporations in the United States.  The top ranking companies include Wal-Mart, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Oracle, Starbucks, Alcoa and Google.

Philanthropist Ron Hershco, a New York City developer, is a loyal and huge supporter of two prominent New York City Charities. Ron’s contribution to The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation promotes arts education for disadvantaged urban youth and emerging artists.  Hershco has donated $2.5 Million to the organization and proudly created an arts center. He has granted these children with the opportunity to build and develop skills that result from the power of creative expression. He recently made significant contributions to his local comunity to support those in need during Hurricane Sandy.

Ron Hershco isn’t one to stand on the sidelines and watch life go by, are you? Any size business and donation can help make all the difference, get involved. Here are Forbes top 5 charities that have been efficient over the past few years.  The charities include Brother’s Brother Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, International Rescue Committee and United Way.